Liberation War 1971

December 18, 2021
December 18, 2021

Untold stories of war heroines: Revisiting Rizia Rahman’s ‘Rokter Okshor’

Published as early as 1978, Rizia Rahman’s well-acclaimed book, Rokter Okshor, narrates the lives of the women who were forced (directly and indirectly) into prostitution in the post-Liberation War era of Bangladesh. 

December 16, 2021
December 16, 2021

Stories of the liberation war, and how we must never forget to pass it on

Fifty years have now passed since that glorious day in December 1971 when we achieved victory after a battle for nine months.

December 16, 2021
December 16, 2021

A Walk to Victory

The idea was to put ourselves face to face with history.

August 15, 2021
August 15, 2021

Knowing Bangabandhu

On 15 August, we mourn the loss of our founding father and charismatic leader Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. For most of us, he remains a figure larger than life we were not fortunate enough to have met or seen.

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.

March 27, 2019
March 27, 2019

Mapping genocide in Khulna

War leaves its traces everywhere, be it in the form of memories or mass graves.

March 18, 2019
March 18, 2019

MARCH 18, 1971: So-called talks enter third day

The so-called negotiation, which will later be proved as a ploy of the Pakistan military junta to kill time for military buildup in East Pakistan, now Bangladesh, rolled into third day.

March 17, 2019
March 17, 2019

MARCH 17, 1971: Mujib meets Yahya

The spontaneous non-cooperation movement of Bangalees stepped into its 16th day.

March 13, 2019
March 13, 2019

MARCH 13, 1971: Civilian staff of military warned

As the situation in the then East Pakistan worsened by the day, all employed civilians, on March 13, were ordered to restart their duties at the military establishments by authorities of the martial law.

March 11, 2019
March 11, 2019

MARCH 11, 1971: In defiance of tyrants

As the non-cooperation movement gained momentum by the day, East Pakistan was literally run under the direct orders of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.