History 1971: One event, several histories

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Most people, perhaps everyone, was affected by the events of the Liberation War in one way or another. But the process of recollection and remembering has been rather limited in scope and inclusion. There is a gap between what happened and what we think happened, collectively, individually or nationally. This has happened perhaps inevitably because our… 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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Genocide: Confusion with numbers

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Every year since 1971, the month of March brings back so many memories of the work we did in the refugee camps in India. It also brings back violent nightmares which have haunted me ever since Bangladesh became a free and independent nation. Earlier this month, a Bangladeshi doctor, who saved many freedom fighters’ lives… Read more »

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