In Videos: War Heroes Talk to The Daily Star
Patriotism, bravery and the spirit of sacrifice are what earned the Bangalees
their much-cherished independence in 1971. To free their motherland from
the clutches of the Pakistani rulers and the occupation army, thousands
of freedom-loving Bangladeshis fought to death. While many tales of heroic
encounters and valiant role of Bangladesh’s freedom fighters during
the Liberation War have made it to written history earning recognition
to the brave souls, many others remain to be told.
As part of its project to build up a repository on the 1971 War of Independence,
The Daily Star interviewed a number of freedom fighters and Liberation
War experts who led their groups to oust the Pakistani occupation army
in different parts of the country. During its first interview session,
we interviewed seven freedom fighters.
Maj Gen KM Shafiullah: Second in Command of Second
East Bengal Regiment that revolted on the night of March 25,
1971. He talks about the contribution of the armed forces to
our Liberation War.
Nasiruddin Yusuf Bachchu: The guerrilla Commander
gives an account of the last battles against the Pakistani army
just days before December 16 in 1971.
Raisul Islam Asad: The renowned actor and freedom
fighter tells the stories of his death-defying guerrilla missions
in Dhaka city during the Liberation War in 1971.
Nasreen Ahmad: Now pro-vice chancellor of Dhaka
University, Ahmad speaks about her experience while working at
Shwadhin Bangla Betar Kendra as a news reader and artist in India
during Liberation War in 1971.
Shahzaman Mazumder: Honoured as a Bir Protik for
his valiant role during the Liberation War, Mazumder reminiscences
about the battle of Ashuganj and the Muktibahini's march
Shahriar Kabir: Writer, historian, journalist
and war crimes researcher talks about the challenges and scopes
of documenting the historical facts of the Liberation War.
Md Haris: Freedom Fighter Haris his team members
conducted operations against Pakistani army and their local collaborators
under joint command in Chittagong city during the Liberation
War in 1971.
Interviewed by Zaid Bin Kalam & SAM Jahan
Edited by SAM Jahan