1971

Why aren’t we doing anything to protect our police force?

March 11, 2013
Anushay Hossain
Why aren’t we doing anything to protect our police force?

When I first came to America, the policemen and women in the country terrified me. They still do. With their pressed blue uniforms, and shiny gold badges, steel black gun attached to the hook of their belt
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Posted in 1971, AL/BNP/Jamaat, Law and Justice, Politics, Shahbagh Movement | 13 Comments »

Did Shahbagh push AL to go hard line?

March 11, 2013
Afsan Chowdhury
Did Shahbagh push AL to go hard line?

The initial period of euphoric enthusiasm, mobilisation and rallying cries of the ‘Shahbagh Movement’ is now facing the reality of a hard-line counter movement both civil and terrorist
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Posted in 1971, AL/BNP/Jamaat, Politics, Shahbagh Movement, War Crimes Trial | 18 Comments »

Islam in Bangladesh: Local practice and identity politics

March 8, 2013
Rizwana Shamshad
Islam in Bangladesh: Local practice and identity politics

Richard Eaton in his book Rise of Islam and the Bengal Frontier 1204-1760, notes that existing theories explaining the rise of Islam in the Bengal Delta, far away from the Arab world
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Posted in 1971, AL/BNP/Jamaat, Shahbagh Movement | 22 Comments »

Is it a good idea to ban Jamaat-e-Islami?

March 6, 2013
Mahmud Rahman
Is it a good idea to ban Jamaat-e-Islami?

At a time when our eyes are riveted on the present, and that present itself obsessed with the past, at a time when cries are being made that will shape our tomorrow
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Posted in 1971, AL/BNP/Jamaat, Politics, Shahbagh Movement | 24 Comments »

Defining a generation: Making sense of our lives and times, before and beyond Shahbagh

March 3, 2013
Prashanta Tripura
Defining a generation: Making sense of our lives and times, before and beyond Shahbagh

How does one define a generation? This question has been on my mind since February 2012, when I turned fifty, an age that made me interested in a form of retro/introspection
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Posted in 1971, Shahbagh Movement | 12 Comments »

Our history is in our court of justice

March 2, 2013
Latif Quader
Our history is in our court of justice

In 1971, after power brokering for months on a supposedly level playing field, the Pakistani military ruler Yahya Khan and its minority party leader ZA Bhutto
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Posted in 1971, AL/BNP/Jamaat, Politics, Shahbagh Movement, War Crimes Trial | 6 Comments »

Sayedee sentence: The verdict people wanted

February 28, 2013
Afsan Chowdhury
Sayedee sentence: The verdict people wanted

Delwar Hossain Sayedee the man most known in Bangladesh as an Islamic preacher doubling as a politician has been sentenced to death for crimes committed in 1971.
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Posted in 1971, AL/BNP/Jamaat, Shahbagh Movement, War Crimes Trial | 20 Comments »

Democracy and the Jamaat-e-Islami dilemma

February 26, 2013
Jyoti Omi Chowdhury
Democracy and the Jamaat-e-Islami dilemma

If half-baked plans were a form of culinary art, surely the current government would be chefs of the highest order with its half-baked posturing
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Posted in 1971, AL/BNP/Jamaat, Democracy, Shahbagh Movement, War Crimes Trial | 15 Comments »

The scars of war, victory and justice

December 16, 2012
Bina D'Costa
The scars of war, victory and justice

Ever since the International Crimes Tribunal (ICT) began its work, opponents of the mechanism have emphasised that the first government of the state pardoned the alleged war criminals
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Posted in 1971, War Crimes Trial | 8 Comments »

Friday’s mayhem and religion vs. nationalism

February 25, 2013
Hammad Ali
Friday’s mayhem and religion vs. nationalism

On the afternoon of 22nd February 2012, the streets of Dhaka turned into a sight we have seen many times on television, but probably never imagined would happen in our own neighbourhood.
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Posted in 1971, AL/BNP/Jamaat, Shahbagh Movement, War Crimes Trial | 15 Comments »

Idolators and atheists

February 23, 2013
Frank Domenico Cipriani
Idolators and atheists

“Online activists claimed that Rajib had been blogging against the activities of Jamaat and Shibir which made him a possible “target” of the religion-based organisation for his interpretation of Islam from the standpoint of a self-proclaimed atheist.”
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Posted in 1971, AL/BNP/Jamaat, Shahbagh Movement, War Crimes Trial | 18 Comments »

Why Shahbag matters

February 23, 2013
Sabhanaz Rashid Diya
Why Shahbag matters

On the 11th day of the Shahbag Movement, one of its leading activists and blogger was murdered.The Movement, which began as a protest against the International Crime Tribunal’s verdict to sentence war criminal Abdul Quader Mollah
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Posted in 1971, AL/BNP/Jamaat, Shahbagh Movement, War Crimes Trial | 10 Comments »

From Feb 1952 to Feb 2013: How much has changed?

February 21, 2013
Afsan Chowdhury
From Feb 1952 to Feb 2013: How much has changed?

61 years after 1952, we are experiencing another February. In Ekushey the spirit was that of the young people who protested a government policy decision and died on the streets of Dhaka from police bullets.
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Posted in 1971, AL/BNP/Jamaat, Shahbagh Movement, War Crimes Trial | 4 Comments »

Media blackout: Why isn’t the world acknowledging Shahbagh?

February 19, 2013
Anushay Hossain
Media blackout: Why isn’t the world acknowledging Shahbagh?

When I was a little girl, I always wanted Bangladesh to be ‘famous’. I did not like that whenever I went abroad, and people asked me where I was from, I would have to explain
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Posted in 1971, AL/BNP/Jamaat, Shahbagh Movement, War Crimes Trial | 32 Comments »

Shahbagh thoughts

February 19, 2013
Paula Aziz
Shahbagh thoughts

Bangladesh has never been so positive, so neutral and so united, at least not in my lifetime. It was February 5 when it started; when the verdict against Quader Mollah went against public expectation.
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Posted in 1971, AL/BNP/Jamaat, Shahbagh Movement, War Crimes Trial | No Comments »

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