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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Is it possible to include women in the history of 1971?

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Bangladesh has taken a significant stride by attempting to describe a more inclusive history of 1971. They did so by declaring the rape victims of 1971 as “freedom fighters”. This achieved two objectives. First, it recognised the victimisation of women as part of the war effort. Second, it was an attempt, albeit a very delayed… Read more »

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Syed Ashraf falls, as Tajuddin Ahmad fell

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One more child of Liberation has fallen. Syed Ashraful Islam’s fall from grace is not something to be happy about. One of the few decent men in Bangladesh’s politics today and certainly incorruptible, he leaves government under a cloud that ought not to have been there. His detractors have over the years spread canard about… Read more »

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Down memory lane: The devils of 1971

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The Bangladesh flag is a symbol of what Bangladeshis treasure; it represents the values we cherish beyond measure. Our flag flies high for freedom, bravery, the courage to fight, and sacrifice of one’s life for a just cause. The Bangladesh flag is an icon representing the Bangladeshi way.

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