1971

Contradictions in a book on the Bangladesh Liberation War

A "what it really was" analysis of the 1971 war does not mean the description of the actions of India only. It should also cover their mistakes and failures. The cover of this book claims to be a "definitive story", but its research and narrative are not holistic.

November 18, 2022
November 18, 2022

In Iffat Nawaz’s debut novel, 1971 is not an open wound

Shurjo’s Clan uses magic realism to conjure Shurjomukhi’s freedom fighter uncles, who were martyred in Sylhet’s tea gardens during the 1971 Liberation War, and her grandmother, who took her own life shortly after the 1947 Partition. 

October 20, 2022
October 20, 2022

Contradictions in a book on the Bangladesh Liberation War

A "what it really was" analysis of the 1971 war does not mean the description of the actions of India only. It should also cover their mistakes and failures. The cover of this book claims to be a "definitive story", but its research and narrative are not holistic.

July 28, 2022
July 28, 2022

Mundanities, magic realism, Bangladesh—Shahidul Zahir’s novellas

The personal space is the same as the political sphere, the individual on the same strand as the collective. 

June 23, 2022
June 23, 2022

Manash Ghosh's ' Bangladesh War': Dispatches of independence

Bangladesh War resembles a journalist's diary. Ghosh's tone is neither that of a critic nor a judge.

April 4, 2022
April 4, 2022

Dhaka-Washington ties will flourish further in next 50 years, Biden writes to Hasina

US President Joe Biden has expressed optimism that Dhaka-Washington partnership would flourish further in the next 50 years and beyond.

August 26, 2021
August 26, 2021

The legacy of blood

Henry Kissinger is infamous in Bangladesh for allegedly terming the newly-independent country a “bottomless basket”, but this statement appears to be the least of his crimes against the people of Bangladesh.

August 1, 2021
August 1, 2021

50 Years of the Concert for Bangladesh: How It Came to Be

The backstory of the concert scripted in the heavens.

July 29, 2021
July 29, 2021

The Birangona in fiction: ‘1971’ and ‘Talaash’

In this addition to this series, following up on the previous installment’s focus on nonfiction narratives of Birangonas’s lives and experiences, we recall Tarashankar Bandopadhyay’s '1971' (2015) and Shaheen Akhtar’s 'Talaash' (2004), two books that can be considered as significant exceptions to the trend mentioned above, and also as examples of the politics of representation, objectification of women, and the desensitisation of lived experiences of trauma.

April 18, 2019
April 18, 2019

Mujibnagar Day observed

The Mujibnagar Day was observed through different programmes yesterday, recalling significant memories of the first government of Bangladesh.

March 31, 2019
March 31, 2019

Indira vows support for Bangalees

With the end of March, the month in which the flames of freedom were ignited, came the beginning of the 1971 Liberation War.