1971

Denial of history

September 13, 2014
Hammad Ali
Denial of history

Even at a relatively young age, there were two things that always bothered me about the people of Bangladesh. First of all, there does not seem to be a clear
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What did Sheikh Mujib say on March 7?

September 7, 2014
Afsan Chowdhury
What did Sheikh Mujib say on March 7?

The controversy around Air Vice Marshal A K Khandaker’s book is largely limited to what is said on page 32
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Posted in 1971, Politics | 10 Comments »

War up close

August 3, 2014
Ishrat Firdousi
War up close

Lt Col M Nazrul Islam Bhuiyan, Bir Protik, psc (Retd), was a 19 year old university student in 1971. This narrative was gleaned from his account in Ishrat Firdousi’s book The Year That Was.
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Boom!

July 22, 2014
Ishrat Firdousi
Boom!

In 1971, Syed Mahbub Ali was a 20-year-old student and jobholder who lived in Dhaka city. This is his story of the war year.
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Just as red

June 17, 2014
Hammad Ali
Just as red

It was last Saturday afternoon when I first started hearing some reports of unrest in the Mirpur area the night before. Apparently, there was some conflict between the local people
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Posted in 1971, Crime, Human Rights | 14 Comments »

Britain: A haven for war criminals

June 10, 2014
Nadia Choudhury
Britain: A haven for war criminals

Augusto Pinochet (the Chilean dictator), Rifaat Al-Assad (the butcher of Hama), Pervez Musharraf (Pakistan’s military leader), Phillip Machemedze
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Posted in 1971, War Crimes Trial | 8 Comments »

1971 women victims: Violated and forgotten

1971 women victims: Violated and forgotten

The Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict is no doubt a laudable and timely initiative. We are, nevertheless, surprised by the fact that
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Posted in 1971, War Crimes Trial | 5 Comments »

Boy soldier

April 29, 2014
Ishrat Firdousi
Boy soldier

Shahzaman Mozumdar was born at Dinajpur in 1956. At curfew break on March 27, 1971, he saw the gruesome handiwork of the Pakistani army in Dhaka
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Tarique Rahman and other histories of fiction

April 3, 2014
Afsan Chowdhury
Tarique Rahman and other histories of fiction

When Tarique Rahman said that Ziaur Rahman was the first President of Bangladesh many people were understandably incredulous.
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Posted in 1971, Politics | 11 Comments »

Death of a musician: Remembering Altaf Mahmud

March 26, 2014
Ishrat Firdousi
Death of a musician: Remembering Altaf Mahmud

I have been interviewing people from all walks of life on their experiences of  1971 for nearly two decades.
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The blood of our fathers

March 26, 2014
Kazi Ahad Kader
The blood of our fathers

The history of Bangladesh is sometimes portrayed as epic by description, and sometimes simply categorised as one of the many civil war
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Let them confess

March 25, 2014
M. Sophia Newman
Let them confess

When the prisoner died, the police couldn’t explain why. He was Bantu Stephen Biko, a black South African, and it was 1977, when apartheid was in full swing.
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Posted in 1971, War Crimes Trial | 34 Comments »

Taka 10 per martyr, 100 per participant

March 19, 2014
Nazrul Islam
Taka 10 per martyr, 100 per participant

Three lakh potential participants; thirty lakh martyrs; 30,000,000 taka donation. That says, 100 taka per participant, and taka 10 per martyr.
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Posted in 1971, War Crimes Trial | 3 Comments »

How much land do Gunday require?

March 10, 2014
Ahmed Shafee
How much land do Gunday require?

After 45 minutes of watching the much talked about Indian movie ‘Gunday’, I could not resist falling asleep.
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The Speech

March 7, 2014
Julian Francis
The Speech

In March 1971, I was working as an agricultural volunteer on a Gandhian related poverty alleviation project in Bodh Gaya, Bihar, in the villages worst hit
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