Category Archives: Martyrs & Sacrifices

WHAT WE HAVE LOST

MARTYRED INTELLECTUALS DAY WHAT WE HAVE LOST Upashana Salam Each year we commemorate the Martyred Intellectuals Day on December 14. On the 42nd anniversary of this day, the Star Magazine looks at contributions of some of these remarkable individuals in … Continue reading

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ON THE ALLEGORICAL GAZE OF MEGHMALLAR

ON THE ALLEGORICAL GAZE OF MEGHMALLAR Salimullah Khan Formation of Bangladesh in 1971, with the war of liberation as provider and midwife, screens the storyline of Meghmallar. The film is, however, about more than the war of liberation. It is, … Continue reading

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THE SACRIFICE OF INTELLECTUALS

THE SACRIFICE OF INTELLECTUALS Meghna Guhathakurta Bangladesh stands out among many nations as one with a special day that commemorates the sacrifice of the Intellectuals. It has often been commented whether it was justifiable to separate them from others who … Continue reading

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WHERE GROWS THE SPIRIT OF LIBERATION ?

WHERE GROWS THE SPIRIT OF LIBERATION ? Ahmed Sofa In 1971 the Pakistani military shot dead sixty-seven people from our village in just one day. There were children among those sixty-seven; there were youths, senior citizens and women among them. … Continue reading

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THE POWER OF IDEAS

THE POWER OF IDEAS Zeeshan Khan If we are to truly honour the sacrifice these brilliant individuals made, we must never forget that they lived, and died, with an unwavering belief in their right to think freely and to use … Continue reading

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AND THEN I FAINTED: SURVIVORS REMEMBER RAPE DURING BANGLADESH WAR

AND THEN I FAINTED: SURVIVORS REMEMBER RAPE DURING BANGLADESH WAR Salil Tripathi Editor’s note: Rape has always been part of war. During the 1971 war that led to the birth of Bangladesh, rape was not just widespread but it was … Continue reading

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RAO FARMAN ALI’S MASTER PLAN

RAO FARMAN ALI’S MASTER PLAN Asif Mahfuz A list of DU teachers, marked for death. A page of the infamous diary of Major General Rao Farman Ali, found in the Governor’s House’s wreckage. The ones with a tick mark on … Continue reading

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THE HEROES OF A FORGETFUL NATION

THE HEROES OF A FORGETFUL NATION Md Shahnawaz Khan Chandan In 1947, people of Bangladesh (then East Bengal) voted for Pakistan which resulted in its geographical unison with Pakistan as one state. Their aspiration was to live in an independent … Continue reading

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THE TALE OF A LONE SURVIVOR

THE TALE OF A LONE SURVIVOR Muktasree Chakma Sathi Eyewitness account of Delwar, the only one to survive the brutality of December 14 Delwar had survived the horror of the night of December 14, 1971, a night that saw numerous … Continue reading

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HOMAGE PAID TO GREAT SONS OF THE SOIL

HOMAGE PAID TO GREAT SONS OF THE SOIL Staff Correspondent A light mist still hung in the air of Rayerbazar in the capital. A cool breeze was blowing. Yet, people came in their hundreds: some with flowers, some carrying flags … Continue reading

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MARTYRED INTELLECTUALS REMEMBERED

MARTYRED INTELLECTUALS REMEMBERED The nation observed the Martyred Intellectuals Day on December 14 as much with a deep sense of loss as with the rekindling of the spirit that went into the making of Bangladesh. The defeated cohorts of the … Continue reading

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KILLERS OF BANGLADESH INTELLECTUALS MAY EVADE JUSTICE

KILLERS OF BANGLADESH INTELLECTUALS MAY EVADE JUSTICE Rupak Bhattacharjee On Dec 14, 1971, just two days before the Pakistan Army surrendered, Bangladeshi collaborators at the behest of the military junta of Yahya Khan annihilated 18 prominent Bengali intellectuals. But that … Continue reading

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TOP PAKISTANI WAR CRIMINALS – MAJOR GENERAL RAO FORMAN ALI

TOP PAKISTANI WAR CRIMINALS – MAJOR GENERAL RAO FORMAN ALI Major General Rao Forman Ali (PA-1364) was the chief adviser to the Governer of East Pakistan during the liberation war. Unlike Yahya, whose only known method for all transactions was … Continue reading

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SHOULD HE STAY OR SHOULD HE GO?

SHOULD HE STAY OR SHOULD HE GO? Shah Ali Farhad Exploring the legal complexities of bringing Chowdhury Mueenuddin back to Bangladesh to face justice As a British citizen living in the UK, Mueenuddin’s extradition is governed by British and not … Continue reading

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NHS BOSS FACES DEATH PENALTY OVER CHARGES OF TORTURE AND 18 MURDERS IN BANGLADESH

NHS BOSS FACES DEATH PENALTY OVER CHARGES OF TORTURE AND 18 MURDERS IN BANGLADESH Abul Taher War crimes tribunal set to bring damning indictments against NHS director of spiritual care Prosecutors want him extradited to face trial over atrocities committed … Continue reading

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WHAT WILL HISTORY MAKE OF BRITAIN’S TREATMENT OF CHOWDHURY MUEEN-UDDIN ?

WHAT WILL HISTORY MAKE OF BRITAIN’S TREATMENT OF CHOWDHURY MUEEN-UDDIN ? Douglas Murray ‘A historic catastrophe’ is how Martin Bright describes it. He is referring to the policy by which successive governments in the UK, Conservative, Labour and coalition, are … Continue reading

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SENTENCED JAMAAT LEADER ALI IS RICHEST WAR CRIMINAL

SENTENCED JAMAAT LEADER ALI IS RICHEST WAR CRIMINAL Rupak Bhattacharjee Top leader and financier of fundamentalist Jamaat-e-Islami and Bangladeshi media baron Mir Quasem Ali was sentenced to death by the International Crimes Tribunal (ICT)-2 for atrocities committed during the 1971 … Continue reading

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SAUDI-BACKED TYCOON FINANCES JAMAAT-E-ISLAMI

SAUDI-BACKED TYCOON FINANCES JAMAAT-E-ISLAMI Mir Quasem Ali serves as the de facto treasurer of Jamaat-e-Islami (JEI or simply “Jamaat”), the Islamist political party in Bangladesh with close ties to the Muslim Brotherhood and militant causes. He has served for nearly … Continue reading

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BANGLADESH WAR CRIMES: VILLAGE OF WIDOWS GETS JUSTICE

BANGLADESH WAR CRIMES: VILLAGE OF WIDOWS GETS JUSTICE Rupak Bhattacharjee In a significant development, on Nov 3 Bangladesh’s Supreme Court upheld the death sentence of senior Jamaat-e-Islami leader and noted war criminal Muhammad Qamaruzzaman for committing heinous crimes during the … Continue reading

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KAMARUZZAMAN’S EXECUTION PROCESS GOING TO BE PREPARED

KAMARUZZAMAN’S EXECUTION PROCESS GOING TO BE PREPARED The jail authorities have been ordered to take necessary preparations in order to execute war criminal Mohammad Kamaruzzaman. Law Minister Anisul Huq made the disclosure while addressing a press briefing on Wednesday. He … Continue reading

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