1971

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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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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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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Witness to history

February 5, 2014
Hammad Ali
Witness to history

It was a year ago today. Like many others, I vividly remember where I was at that moment. On 5th February 2013, the International Crimes Tribunal
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Posted in 1971, Shahbagh Movement | 9 Comments »

The road back

January 23, 2014
Julian Francis
The road back

On January 21st, 2014, I was in thought remembering the difficult journey I made from Kolkata to Dhaka all those years ago in 1972.
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The Spirit of 1971

January 16, 2014
Mo Chaudhury
The Spirit of 1971

Mukti Juddher Chetona (MJC), in principle, should refer to the spirits/values that guided the 1971 Liberation War
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Two Niazis

December 24, 2013
Ahmed Shafee
Two Niazis

What is common between the most honoured sports personality in Pakistan and the most disgraced General?
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Posted in 1971, War Crimes Trial | 10 Comments »

Zohra Tajuddin: One of the last veterans of old AL passes away

December 21, 2013
Afsan Chowdhury
Zohra Tajuddin: One of the last veterans of old AL passes away

She died almost invisibly fading away at a time when so many other news items crowded the scene. Even national media always up for news found little to say about the self effacing politician
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