1971

A brief history of political irony

August 27, 2015
Syed Badrul Ahsan
A brief history of political irony

The war of words between some leading lights of the Awami League and the Jatiyo Samajtantrik Dal (Inu), both of which are part of the government at this point in time, is a perfect reason why one needs to delve into the history, somewhat, of political irony in Bangladesh. These days, as a minister,...
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Remembering Edward Kennedy

August 12, 2015
Julian Francis
Remembering Edward Kennedy

August is the month when Bangabandhu, Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, is remembered with great solemnity for in 1975 he was brutally assassinated together with many family members. August 1971 is the month which holds other memories for me. It was when I met the mercurial and compassionate Senator Edward Kennedy and on this day, August...
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10th Srabon, Shohagpur massacre: Why we must remember

July 25, 2015
Afsan Chowdhury
10th Srabon, Shohagpur massacre: Why we must remember

When I first visited Shohagpur 15 years ago, few knew its name. I stayed the night in a windowless room in Sherpur. I felt I had a date with history. It had become known due to the efforts of Farida Akhter of UBINIG who had organised the first congregation of women freedom fighters. She...
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Posted in 1971, History, Violence, War Crimes Trial | 4 Comments »

The glory and the agony

July 22, 2015
Syed Badrul Ahsan
The glory and the agony

Sometime at the end of July 1975, Tajuddin Ahmad came by ominous news. Elements in the army were busy conspiring to remove the government of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. Worse, they planned to assassinate the Father of the Nation. Tajuddin, at that point outside government, having resigned in October of the previous year, rushed...
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Posted in 1971, History, Politics, South Asia | 11 Comments »

Mojaheed to walk the gallows for the killing of intellectuals in ‘71

July 21, 2015
Rupak Bhattacharjee
Mojaheed to walk the gallows for the killing of intellectuals in ‘71

The ongoing war crimes trials have occupied considerable space of Bangladesh’s political discourse for obvious reasons. Unlike other South Asian nations, Bangladesh was born through a bloody Liberation War fought over a period of nine months. In 1971, South Asia witnessed the worst human suffering and state-sponsored violence in the post-colonial era.
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Cricket wins are great, but …

July 16, 2015
Subir Bhaumik
Cricket wins are great, but …

Mashrafe Mortaza’s Tigers in red-and-green have given Bangladesh much to celebrate this summer of 2015. Back-to-back ODI series wins against Pakistan, India, and South Africa are like a dream script of sporting success that will make any new cricket-playing nation proud. Reaching the World Cup quarterfinals before that, also proved the Tigers are not...
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Posted in 1971, Cricket, South Asia, Sport | 6 Comments »

Syed Ashraf falls, as Tajuddin Ahmad fell

July 14, 2015
Syed Badrul Ahsan
Syed Ashraf falls, as Tajuddin Ahmad fell

One more child of Liberation has fallen. Syed Ashraful Islam’s fall from grace is not something to be happy about. One of the few decent men in Bangladesh’s politics today and certainly incorruptible, he leaves government under a cloud that ought not to have been there. His detractors have over the years spread canard about...
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The Awami League in our history

June 22, 2015
Syed Badrul Ahsan
The Awami League in our history

History took a new turn on June 23, 1949. There were some courageous men — Moulana Abdul Hamid Khan Bhashani, Yar Mohammad, Shamsul Haque, Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and, of course, Huseyn Shaheed Suhrawardy — whose names are today engraved in the Bengali consciousness. These men, grown acutely aware of the growing authoritarianism of the...
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Posted in 1971, Democracy, Politics | 8 Comments »

Down memory lane: The devils of 1971

June 16, 2015
Anwar A. Khan
Down memory lane: The devils of 1971

The Bangladesh flag is a symbol of what Bangladeshis treasure; it represents the values we cherish beyond measure. Our flag flies high for freedom, bravery, the courage to fight, and sacrifice of one’s life for a just cause. The Bangladesh flag is an icon representing the Bangladeshi way.
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