1971

Birangona

September 13, 2013
Shabnam Nadiya
Birangona

The winter of 2010 was particularly cold. I remember the first week of January; fleeing to the relative warmth of Dhaka from my parents’ freezing house in Savar
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Posted in 1971 | 17 Comments »

Isolated and cornered

August 2, 2013
Syed Bashir
Isolated and cornered

The High Court’s order cancelling the registration of the Jamaat-e-Islami has left the party with not many options. Specially if the Supreme Court turns down
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Posted in 1971, AL/BNP/Jamaat, Politics | 5 Comments »

Crime and punishment

July 28, 2013
Frank Domenico Cipriani
Crime and punishment

Not guilty. Innocent, but executed. Guilty, but not executed.
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Posted in 1971, International, Law and Justice, Politics | 34 Comments »

We have failed history

July 17, 2013
Hammad Ali
We have failed history

I stood there, not sure what to do or how to feel. The afternoon sun shone down on us with an angry might, but somehow that no longer bothered me.
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Posted in 1971, War Crimes Trial | 22 Comments »

Ghulam Azam and the politics of verdict

July 16, 2013
Afsan Chowdhury
Ghulam Azam and the politics of verdict

So finally Ghulam Azam got sentenced. There was never any question about his guilt. As the leader of Jamaat-e-Islami in 1971, he did his best to
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Posted in 1971, AL/BNP/Jamaat, Politics, War Crimes Trial | 29 Comments »

Lest we forget!

July 15, 2013
Meghna Guhathakurta
Lest we forget!

I remember the day distinctively. It was a day that made me think I no longer belonged to Bangladesh, a day that I felt I was still living in the state of Pakistan.
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Posted in 1971, Uncategorized, War Crimes Trial | 46 Comments »

Freedom Fighter’s quota: A son explains his burden

July 13, 2013
Tanim Ahmed
Freedom Fighter’s quota: A son explains his burden

There are no two ways of saying this. I am proud of my parents. And it is not in a politely humble way that we are often taught to be.
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Posted in 1971, Public Policy, Uncategorized | 29 Comments »

Songs and music of 1971

July 7, 2013
Julian Francis
Songs and music of 1971

In 1971, Oxfam was assisting about 600,000 Bangladeshis in over 50 refugee camps in the border areas from Tripura right round to the outskirts of Kolkata
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Posted in 1971 | 6 Comments »

Unity in troubled times

Unity in troubled times

For the first time in history, our land is facing a threat of being permanently divided along the religious lines. While some progressives do squirm at the sight of tupee-daree
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Posted in 1971, AL/BNP/Jamaat, Religion, Religious Extremism, Shahbagh Movement | 20 Comments »

Betrayers of people’s interest

April 29, 2013
Mo Chaudhury
Betrayers of people’s interest

The historical betrayal of the people of Bengal by Mir Jafar Ali Khan in the 18th century is held with such disdain that the name Mir Jafar is synonymous with treachery among Bangalis
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Posted in 1971, AL/BNP/Jamaat, Democracy, Disaster, Violence, War and conflict | 5 Comments »

The Razakar dilemma

April 23, 2013
Israfil Khosru
The Razakar dilemma

While there is no question about the spontaneity that led to the creation of Ganajagaran Mancha and the initial momentum it gained, it is now safe to say
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Posted in 1971, AL/BNP/Jamaat, Religious Extremism, Shahbagh Movement, War Crimes Trial | 9 Comments »

A ‘friend’ of Bangladesh thinks aloud

April 12, 2013
Julian Francis
A ‘friend’ of Bangladesh thinks aloud

“You received the ‘Friends of Liberation War Honour’ from the Government last year, and over many years you have commented on the development of Bangladesh.
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Posted in 1971, AL/BNP/Jamaat, Communal Discord, Politics, Religion, Religious Extremism, Shahbagh Movement, War Crimes Trial | 11 Comments »

The Economist and the war crimes trial in Bangladesh

April 4, 2013
Rabiul H. Zaki
The Economist and the war crimes trial in Bangladesh

I was bamboozled, to say the least, when I started to read the article “Justice in Bangladesh: Another kind of crime. Bangladesh’s war-crime tribunal is sullying its judicial and political systems” published in The Economist
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Posted in 1971, Media, Shahbagh Movement, War Crimes Trial | 3 Comments »

Dig two graves

April 3, 2013
Kayes Ahmed
Dig two graves

“He who seeks vengeance must dig two graves: one for his enemy and one for himself” That is what an old Chinese proverb says. After years of wandering about the world, going through the war of independence during my youth back in 1971, living and nearly dying in a chaotic post-independence Dhaka, living in...
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Posted in 1971, AL/BNP/Jamaat, Politics, Religious Extremism, Shahbagh Movement, War Crimes Trial | 11 Comments »

Joy Bangla, Joy Bangladesh

April 3, 2013
Mo Chaudhury
Joy Bangla, Joy Bangladesh

A lot has happened since the commencement of the 2/13 (February 2013) Prajanma Chattar Movement, and the nation is now truly under siege, en route to a
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Posted in 1971, AL/BNP/Jamaat, Achievement, Politics, Shahbagh Movement | 5 Comments »

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