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REFLECTIONS OF A CITIZEN

REFLECTIONS OF A CITIZEN SYED BADRUL AHSAN The first time many of us came to know of Sheikh Hasina was on the day after Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman was freed from the Agartala Case and was released, along with his … Continue reading

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MUJIBNAGAR,OUR GOVERNMENT, OUR HISTORY

MUJIBNAGAR,OUR GOVERNMENT, OUR HISTORY SYED BADRUL AHSAN The emergence of the provisional Bangladesh government in Mujibnagar, forty five years ago on April 17, 1971, was a seminal moment for the Bengali nation. In Meherpur of Chuadanga, the senior leaders of … Continue reading

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LET JOY BANGLA SOUND FROM THE ROOFTOPS AGAIN

LET JOY BANGLA SOUND FROM THE ROOFTOPS AGAIN SYED BADRUL AHSAN It is the month of March again. And these are thoughts that well up from somewhere deep in my soul. They rise, they gather in the core of the … Continue reading

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PAKISTAN AND BANGLADESH: SHARING A LEGACY OF DARKNESS

PAKISTAN AND BANGLADESH: SHARING A LEGACY OF DARKNESS SYED BADRUL AHSAN  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. … Continue reading

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AGARTALA CASE COLLAPSES, BANGABANDHU RISES….

AGARTALA CASE COLLAPSES, BANGABANDHU RISES… SYED BADRUL AHSAN On 22 February 1969, Vice Admiral A.R. Khan, Pakistan’s defence minister, announced the unconditional withdrawal of the Agartala Conspiracy Case in Dhaka. Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, the leading accused in the case and … Continue reading

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BANGABANDHU, THE LIBERATOR

BANGABANDHU, THE LIBERATOR SYED BADRUL AHSAN Sheikh Mujibur Rahman still embodies the spirit of collective freedom Bangabandhu never flinched from doing or saying anything he thought was right. In this sad month of August, as the rains of Sravana pelt … Continue reading

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BANGABANDHU’S MOMENT IN HISTORY

BANGABANDHU’S MOMENT IN HISTORY SYED BADRUL AHSAN It was our moment of self-assertion. It was his finest hour. As Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman rose to speak before the million people gathered at the Race Course in Dhaka on March 7, … Continue reading

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A HALLOWED SPOT, ASSASSIN SOLDIERS, A NATION IN INFAMY

A HALLOWED SPOT, ASSASSIN SOLDIERS, A NATION IN INFAMY SYED BADRUL AHSAN 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 … Continue reading

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KHALEDA ZIA, HER PARTY, AND THE UNTRUTHS THEY PEDDLE

KHALEDA ZIA, HER PARTY, AND THE UNTRUTHS THEY PEDDLE SYED BADRUL AHSAN The lies came trippingly on her tongue. Nowhere was there a sign of mellowing and absent was any hint of humility. She was not willing to concede that … Continue reading

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MODI MAGIC IN DHAKA: EXPECTATION, REALISM, AND IRONY

MODI MAGIC IN DHAKA: EXPECTATION, REALISM, AND IRONY SYED BADRUL  AHSAN West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has left Dhaka after witnessing the exchange of land boundary agreement documents, and the launch of two new bus services that kickstart a … Continue reading

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THE LEGACY OF GENERAL ZIAUR RAHMAN

THE LEGACY OF GENERAL ZIAUR RAHMAN SYED BADRUL AHSAN Ziaur Rahman navigated his way into the history books in March 1971. Never mind that he made a faux pas when, in his first announcement of Bangladesh’s independence on March 27, … Continue reading

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OUR FOREIGN OFFICE, OUR DIPLOMACY

OUR FOREIGN OFFICE, OUR DIPLOMACY SYED BADRUL AHSAN Former diplomat KM Shehabuddin, who showed much courage to leave Pakistan’s side during the 1971 Bangladesh War, passed away of old-age on April 15, 2015. Disrespect and apathy and ingratitude have somehow … Continue reading

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LEADERSHIP: BANGABANDHU, TAJUDDIN, AND HASINA

LEADERSHIP: BANGABANDHU, TAJUDDIN, AND HASINA Syed Badrul Ahsan Bangladesh’s history in modern times has effectively been an enduring story of the leadership provided to it by three individuals. There is Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, and then there is Tajuddin Ahmad, … Continue reading

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MUJIBNAGAR: HISTORY’S FIRST BENGALI GOVERNMENT

MUJIBNAGAR: HISTORY’S FIRST BENGALI GOVERNMENT SYED BADRUL AHSAN On April 17, 1971, we spotted a flicker of light in the depth of the darkness threatening to consume us in all its ferocity. The formation of the provisional Bangladesh government in … Continue reading

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THE SORDID HISTORY OF COLLABORATIONIST BENGALIS: 1971 AND AFTER

THE SORDID HISTORY OF COLLABORATIONIST BENGALIS: 1971 AND AFTER SYED BADRUL AHSAN It is time to return to history again, now that the wheels of justice have begun to roll. The trial and execution of Abdul Kader Mollah and Mohammad … Continue reading

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BEGUM ZIA SHOULD KNOW POLITICS IS NOT CRICKET, LAW IS NOT CHILD’S PLAY

BEGUM ZIA SHOULD KNOW POLITICS IS NOT CRICKET, LAW IS NOT CHILD’S PLAY  Syed Badrul Ahsan Shall we offer Begum Khaleda Zia and her party our effusive thanks for freeing us of hartals at least for a day? But, then … Continue reading

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KHALEDA ZIA, HER PARTY, AND THE UNTRUTHS THEY PEDDLE

KHALEDA ZIA, HER PARTY, AND THE UNTRUTHS THEY PEDDLE SYED BADRUL AHSAN The lies came trippingly on her tongue. Nowhere was there a sign of mellowing and absent was any hint of humility. She was not willing to concede that … Continue reading

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IT’S TIME TO THINK ABOUT EFFECTS OF BLOCKADE, HARTAL, ARSON

IT’S TIME TO THINK ABOUT EFFECTS OF BLOCKADE, HARTAL, ARSON Syed Badrul Ahsan It is time for all citizens, across the spectrum and in spite of their political beliefs, to sit back and mull the consequences of the crisis engendered … Continue reading

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UNDER AN AFRICAN MOON . . .

UNDER AN AFRICAN MOON . . . Syed Badrul Ahsan ON the higher perches of nature in Bogoro, Congo, officers of the Bangladesh army point to a forested area below. On the face of it, tranquility is all over the … Continue reading

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BANGLADESH AND INDIA: OPPORTUNITIES FOR CONSOLIDATION OF TIES

BANGLADESH AND INDIA: OPPORTUNITIES FOR CONSOLIDATION OF TIES Syed Badrul Ahsan The rise of Narendra Modi and his Bharatiya Janata Party to power in Delhi in May 2014 was occasion for a flurry of activities in Dhaka. Just how ready … Continue reading

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