The legacy of the Zia clan

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Some weeks ago, Begum Khaleda Zia publicly expressed her doubts about the number of Bengalis killed in the War of Liberation. A few days later, Goyeshwar Roy, one of her foremost loyalists in the Bangladesh Nationalist Party, enlightened us on the ‘foolish way’ in which the country’s intellectuals died at the hands of the Al-Badr… Read more »

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Merry Christmas everyone

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In this day and age, when the last thing on a person’s mind is goodwill towards others, it’s all the more important to wish everyone a good cheer. There are religious connotations to Christmas, but there are more inter-faith and inter- community elements in all such events. As we struggle to be reasonable, accommodating, and… Read more »

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Pakistan and Bangladesh: Sharing a legacy of darkness

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Nawabzada Liaquat Ali Khan, chief lieutenant of Mohammad Ali Jinnah and Pakistan’s first prime minister, was assassinated as he addressed a public rally in Rawalpindi on 16 October 1951. The lone gunman who fired the fatal shot that ended the prime minister’s life was immediately set upon by a mob, which lost little time in… Read more »

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Suhrawardy’s place in history

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The article was sent to the Daily Star as a response to a write-up published earlier by the newspaper. The editorial management of the newspaper informed this writer, after he had inquired about the state of the article, that it was the policy of the Daily Star that articles written by journalists should be published… Read more »

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Remembering Edward Kennedy

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August is the month when Bangabandhu, Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, is remembered with great solemnity for in 1975 he was brutally assassinated together with many family members. August 1971 is the month which holds other memories for me. It was when I met the mercurial and compassionate Senator Edward Kennedy and on this day, August 11th,… Read more »

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A hallowed spot, assassin soldiers, a nation in infamy

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The home of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman at Road 32 Dhanmondi was in the 1960s and till the mid 1970s a proper centre of Bengali nationalistic aspirations. Today it is a hallowed spot, testimony to the supreme struggle and equally supreme sacrifices which are the legacy of the Father of the Nation and his family…. Read more »

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