1971

Beyond partisan politics: Bangladesh protests for justice

February 9, 2013
Anushay Hossain
Beyond partisan politics: Bangladesh protests for justice

Shahbagh Square (Shahbag er Moar) in Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh, transformed into a tangible human ocean this week as ordinary Bangladeshis joined
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Posted in 1971, AL/BNP/Jamaat, Shahbagh Movement, War Crimes Trial | 6 Comments »

A genocide and refugees: Ripples in the pond

March 26, 2012
Bina D'Costa
A genocide and refugees: Ripples in the pond

Ever since the 1971 war, Pakistan has officially denied the accusation of genocide that is at the centre of Bangladesh’s historiography. Pakistani scholars, politicians and columnists often describe the 1971 killings as a ‘disaster’ (Abdul Sattar, 2007)
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Posted in 1971 | 12 Comments »

As Jamaat-e-Islami goes to war, is the AL ready?

January 31, 2013
Afsan Chowdhury
As Jamaat-e-Islami goes to war, is the AL ready?

Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) as expected has declared a war of sort as the verdict dates of the major political leaders accused of war crimes comes closer.
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Posted in 1971, AL/BNP/Jamaat, Politics, War Crimes Trial | 24 Comments »

Bachchu Razakar: Rage, satisfaction and frustration too

January 23, 2013
Afsan Chowdhury
Bachchu Razakar: Rage, satisfaction and frustration too

The court verdict to hang Abul Kalam Azad aka ‘Bachchu Razakar’ for crimes committed in 1971 has been welcomed by all. He had lived a charmed life till only a few years back
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Posted in 1971, War Crimes Trial | 29 Comments »

The soft stories of 1971

July 7, 2012
Adnan Morshed
The soft stories of 1971

My mother-in-law passed away gracefully, on the last day of March this year, in a private hospital in Dhaka. Farida Mohiuddin fought cancer with dignity and retained her profound sense of purpose until the last minute of her life.
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Posted in 1971 | 42 Comments »

Dr Ali Al-Ghamdi: Luxury of lies

January 8, 2013
Pritom Das
Dr Ali Al-Ghamdi: Luxury of lies

The International Crimes Tribunals (ICTs) of Bangladesh are walking steadily towards ending the impunity that has been prevailing for 41 years. The people of Bangladesh and
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Posted in 1971, War Crimes Trial, War and conflict | 19 Comments »

December is the cruellest month

December 16, 2012
Afsan Chowdhury
December is the cruellest month

December has become our cruellest month as we lurch towards an absurd collective destiny. What the managers of Bangladesh have created is both tragic and pathetic as the role of political parties seems to be as much about holding elections as it is about sheltering criminals.
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Posted in 1971, Law and Justice | 13 Comments »

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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Posted in 1971 | 7 Comments »

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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Posted in 1971 | 13 Comments »

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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Posted in 1971 | 8 Comments »

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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Posted in 1971 | 6 Comments »

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