1971

December 1971 memories

December 16, 2012
Julian Francis
December 1971 memories

During the last one week, I was in Kolkata looking up old friends who worked with me in 1971. They were part of an amazing team which ran OXFAM’s large refugee relief operation which assisted about 600,000 men
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Propaganda disguised as criticisms?

December 6, 2012
Arman Rashid
Propaganda disguised as criticisms?

Blogosphere came alive ever since the International Crimes Tribunal (ICT) in Bangladesh started its proceedings to put an end to the decade old culture of impunity for the war criminals in Bangladesh.
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Posted in 1971, War Crimes Trial | 9 Comments »

Justice delayed, justice denied

November 19, 2012
A. R. Chowdhury
Justice delayed, justice denied

The ugly spectre of war criminals in our community is creeping its way back onto the national agenda. Efforts to hold some of the perpetrators of war crimes in 1971 accountable continue today
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Posted in 1971, War Crimes Trial | 19 Comments »

On tolerance and diversity

November 16, 2012
Prashanta Tripura
On tolerance and diversity

The International Day for Tolerance, observed on November 16, is meant to promote tolerance, i.e. “respect, acceptance and appreciation of the rich diversity of our world’s cultures
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Posted in 1971, CHT, Communal Discord | 5 Comments »

Asymptotic freedom

December 16, 2011
Ahmed Shafee
Asymptotic freedom

One of the great successes of modern science is discovery of the theory of strong nuclear force which is responsible for the binding of neutrons and protons inside different nuclei. Particles called gluons are responsible for this strong force which provides us with the energy in nuclear reactors and in atom bombs. One of...
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In Srabon I remember the Shohagpur massacre of 1971

July 30, 2012
Afsan Chowdhury
In Srabon I remember the Shohagpur massacre of 1971

It was 10th of Srabon 1971. “I came out and saw the army. They wanted to go inside. I put my hands up like this and said there was no one inside. They flung me away into the yard and dragged my husband and son outside. They shot them both right there, there.”
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Joan Baez: Singing heroine of 1971 left out of Shommyanona list

April 10, 2012
Afsan Chowdhury
Joan Baez: Singing heroine of 1971 left out of Shommyanona list

‘Bangladesh, Bangladesh Bangladesh, Bangladesh When the sun sinks in the west Die a million people of the Bangladesh’
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Ouderland and other international warriors of 1971

March 25, 2012
Afsan Chowdhury
Ouderland and other international warriors of 1971

Bangladesh has instituted Bangladesh Freedom Honour to pay homage to the people who are not Bangladeshi citizens but actively supported the cause in 1971. As a part of this initiative, 129 international personalities and institutions have been named to receive the honour.
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Receiving the Bangladesh freedom honour: some emotions and reflections

March 25, 2012
Julian Francis
Receiving the Bangladesh freedom honour: some emotions and reflections

In 1971, I had the privilege and responsibility of administering OXFAM’s relief programme for up to 600,000 of the ten million refugees who had fled from Bangladesh to India and were staying in many of the over 900 refugee camps in the border areas of India and Bangladesh.
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Why we need to involve Pakistanis to write a comprehensive history of 1971

December 16, 2011
Afsan Chowdhury
Why we need to involve Pakistanis to write a comprehensive history of 1971

Forty years after 1971, there really isn’t yet a complete history of our Liberation War. There have been several attempts and more are on but these works whether they are rabidly nationalist or more objective
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Liberating the soul of the post-71 generation

December 16, 2011
Mahrukh Mohiuddin
Liberating the soul of the post-71 generation

My personal journey into internalising the spirit of 1971 (one may say it’s the cliché idea of “muktijuddher chetona”) began at a very early age – since the time when we read the stories of “Bir Sresthas” in our textbooks, and then moved on to reading books borrowed from Bishwa Shahitya Kendra program.
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Recalling ‘71 days

December 16, 2011
Julian Francis
Recalling ‘71 days

By November 1971, everyone involved in the care of Bangladeshis in the refugee camps were planning months ahead and were very worried about the effects of the winter and the toll it would take on the estimated 10 million who had left their homes in Bangladesh many months earlier.
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Escape from Pakistan

July 27, 2011
Khademul Islam
Escape from Pakistan

In November of 1972 we escaped from Pakistan to Bangladesh. After Pakistan split apart like an overripe fruit in 1971 we Bengalis trapped in Pakistan had to get out. Official repatriation to Bangladesh seemed remote and in Pakistan there was increasing talk of herding Bengalis into detention camps.
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Azam Khan: our king of pop is dead, long live the king

June 6, 2011
Afsan Chowdhury
Azam Khan: our king of pop is dead, long live the king

Azam Khan is dead bringing an end to a life that symbolised his generation more than anything else. He was a cultural legend in his lifetime who achieved such a status more quickly than any other Bangladeshi. He sang of frustration and anger, in the earlier days of the ‘70s but mellowed as time...
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Posted in 1971, Entertainment | 11 Comments »

War crimes tribunal: revenge, fair trial or a big mess?

May 30, 2011
Afsan Chowdhury
War crimes tribunal: revenge, fair trial or a big mess?

Even before the trial has begun, the war crimes tribunal is threatening to become controversial. Partly because many are reading politics in the trial process while there are international concerns that the legal regime governing the trial is inadequate. Some are worried that the prosecutors may not have gotten their acts together as far...
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