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The commitment of the martyred intellectuals

The Martyred intellectuals of 1971 had their differences from one another, but they had one thing in common and that was why they were killed. This was their patriotism. Patriotism is a virtue as well as a curse. It drives the patriot to act in the interest of the people, and proves to be a curse for him when it makes him suffer. Patriotism can also be, and often is, as Samuel Johnson has famously put it, the last refuge of a scoundrel. To be sure, the Pakistani army and their local collaborators called themselves patriots and displayed what that virtue can turn into when handled by scoundrels. These men believed in the ideology of the Pakistani state which was Capitalistic in character, hidden under its Islamic garb. They perpetrated one of the worst genocides in modern history. But...

December 14, 2013
December 14, 2013

Long walk to justice

Photo: Shawkat Jamil
Source: Photo: Shawkat Jamil
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December 14, 2013
December 14, 2013

We do care

Professor Munier Chowdhury with his three sons Ahmed Munier Chowdhury Bhason, Asif Munier Chowdhury and Ashfaque Munier Mishuk ( From left to right). courtesy: Asif Munier Chowdhury
Professor Munier Chowdhury with his three sons Ahmed Munier Chowdhury Bhason, Asif Munier Chowdhury and Ashfaque Munier Mishuk ( From left to right). courtesy: Asif Munier Chowdhury
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December 14, 2013
December 14, 2013
December 14, 2013
December 14, 2013

The day, the killers, the tribunal

Photo: Anisur Rahman
Source: Photo: Anisur Rahman
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December 14, 2013
December 14, 2013

The commitment of the martyred intellectuals

The Martyred intellectuals of 1971 had their differences from one another, but they had one thing in common and that was why they were killed. This was their patriotism. Patriotism is a virtue as well as a curse. It drives the patriot to act in the interest of the people, and proves to be a curse for him when it makes him suffer. Patriotism can also be, and often is, as Samuel Johnson has famously put it, the last refuge of a scoundrel. To be sure, the Pakistani army and their local collaborators called themselves patriots and displayed what that virtue can turn into when handled by scoundrels. These men believed in the ideology of the Pakistani state which was Capitalistic in character, hidden under its Islamic garb. They perpetrated one of the worst genocides in modern history. But...

December 14, 2013
December 14, 2013