Daily Archives: December 18, 2012

Liberation is an ongoing process

LIBERATION IS AN ONGOING PROCESS PROFESSOR SERAJUL ISLAM CHOUDHURY TALKS TO ANANTA YUSUF FORTY-one years ago on this day, December 16, 1971, Bangladesh emerged as an independent state. How old were you at that time? Would you please say a … Continue reading

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TALES OF FALLEN, FORGOTTEN

TALES OF FALLEN, FORGOTTEN BY MUSA SADIK FORTY-one years ago, in 1971, I was working on the blood-drenched war fronts as an information officer-cum-war correspondent of the Mujibnagar government. Alongside, I discharged my tough responsibilities on the fronts as a … Continue reading

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Thoughts on Victory Day

THOUGHTS ON VICTORY DAY JUNAIDUL HAQUE …………………………………………………. As far as I remember December 16, 1971 was our happiest Victory Day. A truly happy day, a real glorious day it was. It was perhaps the happiest day of our history. A … Continue reading

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Pakistan’s post-71 generation

PAKISTAN’S POST-71 GENERATION SHAHEDUL ANAM KHAN …………………………………………… Being in Pakistan not so long ago rekindled many old memories, and of course, a feeling of déjà vu, but what interested me most, with the month of December not far off, was … Continue reading

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Liberation War facts

LIBERATION WAR FACTS RASHID ASKARI ……………………………………………  Almost four decades have passed since we won the victory in our Liberation War (1971). But still we could not have the sweet smell of its success to the fullest. What we were supposed … Continue reading

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Beyond victory

– BEYOND VICTORY – SHAHID ALAM …………………………………………………. Today is the day when the dream of a nation to have a sovereign independent nation-state of its own was realized thirty nine years ago. Today is Victory Day. Today symbolizes to perfection … Continue reading

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Conspirators and the country

CONSPIRATORS AND THE COUNTRY ZAHID HOSSAIN …………………………………………………… That a particular personality may be killed and even his close associates may be temporarily silenced either by physical elimination or by detraction from the original path but their ideas and principles can … Continue reading

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December is the cruellest month

DECEMBER IS THE CRUELLEST MONTH AFSAN CHOWDHURY December has become our cruellest month as we lurch towards an absurd collective destiny. What the managers of Bangladesh have created is both tragic and pathetic as the role of political parties seems … Continue reading

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THE SCARS OF WAR, VICTORY AND JUSTICE

THE SCARS OF WAR, VICTORY AND JUSTICE BINA D’COSTA 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, that this was … Continue reading

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Victory Day: A pointer also for Pakistan’s apology to Bangladesh

VICTORY DAY: A POINTER ALSO FOR PAKISTAN’S APOLOGY TO BANGLADESH DR. SINHA M. A. SAYEED Evey year, 16 December is officially observed as ‘Victory Day’ in Bangladesh since on this very day Bangladesh, erstwhile East Pakistan, emerged as a full-fledged … Continue reading

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1971: OF REMEMBERING, OF NOT FORGETTING

1971: OF REMEMBERING, OF NOT FORGETTING SYED BADRUL AHSAN Spring came to our courtyard on a long ago December afternoon. After all the weeks and months of murder and mayhem, of tears and travails, of homes burnt and women raped, … Continue reading

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Winter, war and refugee camps: December 1971

WINTER, WAR AND REFUGEE CAMPS: DECEMBER 1971 JULIAN FRANCIS So, what were you doing in December, 1971?” asked a friend the other day. Every year at this time, as well as in the month of March, I remember vividly the … Continue reading

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The story of Dan Coggin

– THE STORY OF DAN COGGIN – MOFIDUL HOQUE Dan Coggin, the celebrated journalist, has penned stories of other people in the leading magazines, newspapers and wire services of the world during his long career spanning over 40 years and … Continue reading

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Requiem for the Falcon

REQUIEM FOR THE FALCON LT. COL. (RETD.) QUAZI SAJJAD ALI ZAHIR BIR PROTIK On 18 October 2012, Ekkas arrived in Dhaka. The first thing Balamdini Ekka asked me was if they would be able to visit Gangasagar for a prayer … Continue reading

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Student politics: Story of glory and degeneration

STUDENT POLITICS : STORY OF GLORY AND DEGENERATION SYED MUNIR KHASRU For quite some time, student politics has been giving a strong negative connotation in Bangladesh. This has not always been the case and the history of students’ struggle and … Continue reading

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The Price Paid For The Victory

THE PRICE PAID FOR THE VICTORY MUSA SADIK Forty one years ago in 1971, I was working at the blood-drenched war fronts as an Information Officer of the Mujibnagar Government. Alongside this I discharged my tough responsibilities at the fronts … Continue reading

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Is Patriotism Alive and Kicking?

IS PATRIOTISM ALIVE AND KICKING? AASHA MEHREEN AMIN One of the predictable expectations of the generation that experienced the Muktijuddho and lived to tell its tale is to narrowly define the notion of patriotism. To them, and justifiably so, it … Continue reading

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SUPER POWERS IN LIBERATION WAR

SUPER POWERS IN LIBERATION WAR DR. MIZANUR RAHMAN SHELLEY The two super powers that dominated a largely bipolar world until the early 1990s played a significant role in the liberation war of Bangladesh. The part they played in the sanguinary … Continue reading

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Genocide Studies At Epicentre Of Genocide

– AT EPICENTRE OF GENOCIDE – IMTIAZ AHMED Few universities can match what Dhaka University has achieved since its inception. It was established in 1921, but in less than a hundred years of its establishment it has made significant contributions … Continue reading

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When history took shape and substance

WHEN HISTORY TOOK SHAPE AND SUBSTANCE SYED BADRUL AHSAN History, when it happens on your doorstep, makes you wonder about the immense possibilities which it holds out, has held out, for generations whose purpose holds to carve a niche of … Continue reading

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