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Independence Day 2014

united we fought

Editor's Note

Published Date: March 26, 2014
united we fought

The observance of Independence Day evokes in us a feeling of both pride and pain. Pain in the sense, that we are reminded of the genocide that had been unleashed upon the Bengali nation that cost us 3 million dead and the loss of the brightest among the intelligentsia. It was on this...

Published Date: March 26, 2014
Beyond nationalism, within aspirations and achievements

Beyond nationalism, within aspirations and achievements

As an independent state Bangladesh came into existence through a war of liberation led by nationalists. The national aspiration was, at the beginning, for full provincial autonomy, but as the movement gained momentum, the aspiration widened to incorporate the vision of independence . The war of 1971 made it clear that the people...

Published Date: March 26, 2014
Spirit of Liberation War

Spirit of Liberation War

Recently a debate has cropped up over the finer points of the question what the spirit of liberation war really means. But I hope that no one would contest some very basic points. The most fundamental point would be 'liberation' or the right of any nation or people to self-determination as recognized by...

Published Date: March 26, 2014
Of memories, identities and sacrifice

Of memories, identities and sacrifice

In our culture, sacrifice is often celebrated and observed as a ritual. It is evident in religious culture, for example Eid ul Azha in Islam or Bolidaan during Kali Puja of the Hindu community. We also ritualize it in the observation of our national days. E.g. Ekushey February as Shaheed Dibosh or Shaheed...

Published Date: March 26, 2014
Memories of the angry March

February 1971 President Yahya Khan in a military conference had directed his subordinates “Kill three million of them and the rest will eat out of our hands”. Quoted from Massacre: The tragedy at Bangladesh and the phenomenon of mass slaughter throughout history by Robert Payne Sister Rose had just started her geography class when we saw Mr. Halim's black Morris Minor enter the school gate. He was the father of one of the student in class 9 and our favourite as...

Published Date: March 26, 2014
Lack of conviction or loss of memory?

Lack of conviction or loss of memory?

Any nation that has liberated itself from the yoke of foreign domination, either through an armed struggle or through a political negotiation, carried the support of bulk of its citizens, though not the support of each and every of its sons. There were collaborators with the occupation or colonial powers at all times....

Published Date: March 26, 2014
Pride and respect of national flag

Pride and respect of national flag

March has a special significance in the lives of all Bangladeshis. It is a time of celebration, of taking vows to contribute for our beloved motherland. March brings with it the unique feelings of Bengali nationalism, spirit of freedom, liberation war, glory, an extraordinary energy that radiates through the blood of all Bangladeshis....

Published Date: March 26, 2014
In quest of emergence of a state

In quest of emergence of a state

Confirming the sad demise of Pakistan, the atrocious military junta pounced on the unarmed people of Bangladesh and butchered them mercilessly in the dark night of 25 March, 1971. A nation spirited by nationalistic zeal and emboldened by aspiration of emancipation from the shackles of repression immediately mobilized its strength to resist. Without...

Published Date: March 26, 2014
Emergence of Bangladesh: Economic justification

Emergence of Bangladesh: Economic justification

Bangladesh separated itself from Pakistan and embarked on a Liberation War 43 years ago.  A valid question may arise: Does our present economic performance justify the decision of our great leaders to be separated from Pakistan in 1971?  While independence is always a basic right and has no alternative, this question may be...

Published Date: March 26, 2014
What I saw and heard in Dhaka

What I saw and heard in Dhaka

The whole country waited with bated breath as its eyes were fixed upon the talks between President Yahya Khan and Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. Sheikh Mujibur Rahman held talks with Yahya Khan for no fewer than 11 days. Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto - the Head of West Pakistan People's Party and former Foreign Minister...

Published Date: March 26, 2014
Reflections on the Liberation War

Reflections on the Liberation War

How did we force the Pakistan Army to surrender in nine months? Whatever may be the myth of the Pakistan army, it was not a formidable enemy. It was a Third World army and its senior commanders were inept. Terrorizing unarmed civilians of your country with guns is neither an act of courage...