Rajshahi, Islami Chatra Shibir activists beat policeman with his helmet © Focus Bangla
Deep Politics 3: Beware! Dark times ahead for the Liberation War bloc!
By Faruk Wasif , Translated by Tibra Ali
What was cat became a handkerchief. The movement to eliminate atheists has emerged as the opposition to the movement to bring the war-criminals to justice. The League government, mired in corruption and having betrayed the Shahbag movement, has no option but to compromise. Continue reading
Scanned copy of KALAM newspaper
For any non-Bangladeshis even remotely following politics and events in that country, it is clear that the situation on the ground is getting very bad. But not to worry. When things get too problematic, you know you can always rely on your armchair activist brothers across the border to speak up for you. Heard that before? If not from us your interfering neighbors, from your domestic dalals
selling your country’s interests? Well, here’s news about an unusual show of support just a hop and a skip away from Satkhira. Continue reading
The hunger strike began at 10:30 pm on March 26th.
Hunger Strikers (clockwise): Joy, Deep, Niloy, Shubhra, Akash, Alif. [Image: Rahman Piash FB]
The hunger strikers of Shaheed Rumi Squad
opened a divide within the Shahbag movement, as pro-AL bloggers went on the attack
. But this is good. Let the opportunists depart, let AL move away from Shahbag. Perhaps these seven hunger strikers of Shaheed Rumi Squad are the remaining heart of Shahbag now. A radical movement must understand that a violent, oppressive state that has been anti-people everywhere else, is not their ally in this movement. To survive, Shahbag must separate itself from AL-aligned forces.
Click on image to get full size version © Al Jazeera
Al Jazeera has published a comprehensive timeline of 1971 war crimes issue. This is a commendable effort. We thought it was worth reproducing, along with our crowd-sourced itemization on what is missing.
Bangladeshi man runs across a makeshift bridge, as it starts to rain in Cooch Bihar district in the Indian State of West Bengal. © Manpreet Romana/NYT
In November 2012, The New York Times ran two paired pieces written from both sides of the Bengal border.
Jyoti Rahman analyzes both articles: “Naeem is a few years older than me, and Mr Ray is likely to be slightly younger. That means, all of us were born decades after partition. Ours is the generation that has not known Pakistan in Bengal. Ours is the generation that has no lived experience of 1971. Both writers describe what the ‘other’ Bengal has meant to them over the years. Obviously I can relate to Naeem’s story, but I don’t share his conclusion. And while I find Ray’s story interesting for its misconception, I do relate to the way his story ends.”
It was early or mid 1980s. I am just finishing my high school. 1972 Bangla film ওরা এগারো জন Ora Egaro Jon, was re-released in theaters across the country. In mine and many others’ opinion, ওরা এগারো জন is one of the ten best movies ever made in Bangladesh. This movie, made by freedom fighter turned director, Chashi Nazrul Islam and starred by Razzak, Shabana as well as star freedom fighters like Khasru, Nantu etc, is one of the best 1971 related movies ever made. Continue reading