1971

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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Posted in 1971, AL/BNP/Jamaat, Politics | 13 Comments »

Is this 1971 reincarnation?

December 21, 2013
A. Rahman
Is this 1971 reincarnation?

April 1971. The then East Pakistan (the name Bangladesh has yet to be used publicly for fear of reprisal) is in the grip of brutal Pakistani military repression.
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Posted in 1971, War Crimes Trial | 15 Comments »

Pakistan is rightly told off, but…

December 21, 2013
Irfan Chowdhury
Pakistan is rightly told off, but…

It is audacious and off limits, and importantly it shouldn’t have been an issue for them to be concerned. Specially if, as often claimed, they wanted ‘the relationship’ between
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Posted in 1971, War Crimes Trial | 21 Comments »

Envisioning a victim-centred war crimes tribunal

December 18, 2013
M. Sophia Newman
Envisioning a victim-centred war crimes tribunal

My friend’s father used to tell a story from the war: He was a teacher at a university in Dhaka, housed in the campus residence hall, in 1971. One day, he heard Pakistani soldiers talking
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Posted in 1971, War Crimes Trial | 7 Comments »

The war that was

December 16, 2013
Ishrat Firdousi
The war that was

Our war has many faces and so our stories are also varied. The ones we mostly hear are of suffering or valour
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With the Hamzapur Tigers

December 16, 2013
Kaiser Haq
With the Hamzapur Tigers

In May 1971 I trekked across the border to join the Mukti Fouj and by a curious concatenation of circumstances fetched up
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Bir Sreshtha Jahangir: Memories of a martyr

December 16, 2013
A. Qayyum Khan
Bir Sreshtha Jahangir: Memories of a martyr

On December 14, 1971, the Mukti Bahini fighters of Sector 7 launched a dawn attack on the town of Chapai Nawabganj, a sub-divisional headquarter in Rajshahi
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Subtle pride

December 14, 2013
Hammad Ali
Subtle pride

For as long back as I can remember, we, the people of Bangladesh, have suffered from what can only be termed an inferiority complex. From the very inception of our nation
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Posted in 1971, AL/BNP/Jamaat, War Crimes Trial | 74 Comments »

True meaning of independence

December 13, 2013
Naaz Fahmida
True meaning of independence

This was cinematic excellence — in reality. As a dramatic turn of events led to war criminal Quader Molla’s scheduled death sentence to be postponed from one minute past midnight 11th of December 2013 to 10.30 am the following morning
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