Remembering March 1971 and all that followed

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Oxfam Calcutta 1971

The month of March is here again and it brings back vivid memories to me which are linked automatically with many others. In March 1971, I was working on an Oxfam-UK supported Gandhian village development project in Bihar, India, where I had been for almost 3 years. Through the BBC and some sketchy Indian newspaper… Read more »

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March 1971 and the Bengali struggle

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Darkness had descended. It was the end of a phase and the beginning of another. The terse, grim words went out, ‘Big bird in the cage. Little birds have flown.’ It was from a Pakistan army officer to his superiors in Dhaka cantonment. It was about the arrest of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman in the… Read more »

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Asia Cup 2012, 2016, and that old rickshaw-wallah

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The memory of that evening in 2012 is still fresh in many minds. Many of us hadn’t expected Bangladesh to reach that far in the Asia Cup. There was an intense atmosphere all over the city including in the office. The format was ODI and honestly, our hopes were larger than our expectations. As… Read more »

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Remembering Sahibzada Yaqub Khan

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Sahibzada Yaqub Khan (1920-2016)

In the late 1990s, there were quite a few attempts I made to meet up with Sahibzada Yaqub Khan when he was in London. My friend Samina Pervez at the Pakistan High Commission (I was serving in the Bangladesh High Commission) made it a point to keep me informed of the retired general’s visits to… Read more »

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A grave issue…

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General Ziaur Rahman

Some leading lights of the Bangladesh Nationalist Party are indignant at reports of a possible shifting of the remains of General Ziaur Rahman from the Jatiyo Sangsad complex. For its part, the government says it has come by an inventory of the original design for the complex as prepared by the American architect Louis I…. Read more »

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Earthquakes are bad, not being properly prepared is worse

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Nine people were killed in the Indian North-east where the earthquake of   4th January had its epicenter. More than a hundred were injured. Many parts of India were affected and so was Bangladesh. However, in Dhaka alone 15 people died as a result of panic and anxiety related to the earthquake. There is no definite… Read more »

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