1971

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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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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Stephen Rapp: Of misconceptions, unrealistic expectations and double standards

Stephen Rapp: Of misconceptions, unrealistic expectations and double standards

The United States Ambassador-at-Large for War Crimes Issues Mr. Stephen Rapp first arrived in Bangladesh on 10 January 2011 at the invitation of the Bangladesh government.
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In denial: a scholar ignores overwhelming evidence of rape in 71

March 31, 2011
ABM Nasir
In denial: a scholar ignores overwhelming evidence of rape in 71

Allegation of rape and violence in war is extremely difficult to substantiate in the courts. Horrific news of rapes, based mostly on witness accounts, begins to surface only towards the end of a war. By that time, evidence (physical) commonly accepted in the civil courts would no longer be available. Perhaps, the absence of...
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In Transit: bad taste

March 26, 2011
Rubana Huq
In Transit: bad taste

Sadly, media is depressing. Forty thousand feet above the ground, sipping an insipid orange juice from a five inch cup handed down by the stewardess bearing another five inch smile does not promise a great day. As it is pushing off for the airport at 5 in the morning is not the best moment...
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