Independence Day Special 2017 | The Daily Star
  • The Birangana and the birth of Bangladesh

    The year 1971 was a landmark in South Asian history for many reasons. It included the birth of Bangladesh but also the war fought by

  • Remembering the year of war

    We lived in Rajarbagh Road, across the tin-roofed bamboo barracks of the Police Lines. On the night of March 25, 1971, my brother-

  • Editor's note

    Bangladesh becoming independent was the inevitable conclusion of decades of struggle against the blatant subjugation that deprived


    As Bangladesh steps into its 46th year as an independent and sovereign nation, it is celebrating its vast achievements,while contemplating the intricate mechanisms needed to address its problems.

  • THE TANGAIL LANDINGS A signal for victory

    I travelled to Tura, the capital of Meghalaya, three times during the war as a representative of Tangail Mukti Bahini to bring arms and

  • Let's acknowledge Bangalis as leaders

    One of the reasons of making Urdu the sole national language, was that the British had forcefully imposed it in Punjab as the

  • Those dark days

    Qurbani Eid (Eid-ul-Azha) was in February and one of my uncles had arrived from London. Together with other relatives we left for

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    BANGLADESH: The goal of culture and civilisation

    On the occasion of 46th Independence Day we are publishing a translation of the renowned litterateur and educationist Dr Muhammad Enamul Haq's article titled Bangladesh: Sangskriti o Sovvotar Loksho. It was published in early 1972. In this article Dr Haq elucidates the importance of adopting secularism as the state policy of the newborn nation.