আমাদের নানু সুষমা বালা চাকমা : এক শহীদের মা

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আমাদের নানু সুষমা বালা চাকমা : এক শহীদের মা 

By Samari Chakma, Originally published in ThotKata

আচ্ছা নানু তোমার বয়স এখন কত?
‘জানিনা। আমাদের জন্মের বছর তারিখ কি মা বাবারা লিখে রেখেছিল? তবে মনে হয় আমার বয়স হবে এখন আশি বা তার বেশী।’

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Monajatuddin: The Minstrel Journalist

Monajatuddin (photo: Pabna News)

Monajatuddin (source: Pabna News)

by Adnan R. Amin for AlalODulal.org

The works of Monajatuddin – the Minstrel Journalist – have had more of a shaping role in contemporary Bangladesh than that of many a politicians, development-pundits, editors or litterateurs. Take for example, the Child Marriage Restraint Act 2014, only recently okayed by the cabinet. It was Monajatuddin’s keen, investigative reporting on child marriage that informed and laid the groundwork for necessary social-debates and policy-making. Continue reading

A Man of Peace

Tanvir Haider Chaudhury (age 3) with his father Prof. Mufazzal Haider Chaudhury. Source: Tanvir family album, with permission.

Tanvir Haider Chaudhury (age 3) with his father Prof. Mufazzal Haider Chaudhury. Source: Tanvir family album, with permission.

A Man of Peace

by Tanvir Haidar Chaudhury

‘He’s a great humanitarian, he’s a great philanthropist
He knows just where to touch you, honey, and how you like to be kissed
He’ll put both his arms around you
You can feel the tender touch of the beast
You know that sometimes Satan comes as a man of peace’ Continue reading

Freedom and Memory

David Bergman. Source: The Independent, U.K.

David Bergman. Source: The Independent, U.K.

Freedom and Memory

by Tibra Ali and Zahur Ahmed for AlalODulal.org

We Bangladeshis are not known for holding back our emotions — we tend to use emotional arguments as a recourse in situations where we are unable to win by rational arguments. We were reminded of this recently when the verdict of ‘guilty’ of contempt of court was awarded to David Bergman. Continue reading

Munier Chowdhury’s Son Speaks: Death of Golam Azam – Time to Seriously Reflect and Act

Munier Chowdhury. Source: Asif Munier.

Munier Chowdhury. Source: Asif Munier.

“One of the reasons that so far GA and JI got all the leniency and privileges is partly due to the divisions in the anti JI, pro war crimes trials and Shahbagh/Projonmo Chottor lobbies.”
[Asif Munier is the son of Munier Chowdhury, a playwright and intellectual killed by Al Badr forces in 1971. He is the Vice President of Projonmo 71, an organization of the children of the martyrs of the liberation war of Bangladesh]
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Nothing’s Sacred Anymore – Ghulam Azam’s Funeral

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Copyright: Awrup Sanyal

“Barring people’s sincere, spontaneous participation –their right to which is unquestionable – the overblown Janaza event serves no real purpose other than being a spectacle. It serves itself. It does not reflect upon the Dead’s soul or their lives – but upon a desperate clutch at straws by an organized political force that is drowning; it sheds light upon a scheming, listless, heartless, mindless rush to maximize – even during mourning periods and at the cost of anyone around – brand equity and relevance in National Politics.”

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Spitting, Smiling (Ghulam Azam’s) Corpse

Defiled by the spit from Ghulam Azam’s Corpse

By Emon Sarwar

Photo: bdnews24.com

Freedom fighters, in this country, have killed the father-of-the-nation, the proclaimer-of-independence and military officers but not a single ‘Razakar’ (traitor). Exhausted by their brother-killing spree while they have ceased to kill, they are now fully indulged in character assassinations of each other. 

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Ghulam Azam, an unerasable scar

Ghulam Azam, an unerasable scar

Signature of Ghulam Azam on a donation receipt to raise fund for “safeguarding the ideals of Pakistan”

Signature of Ghulam Azam on a donation receipt to raise fund for “safeguarding the ideals of Pakistan”

by Zahur Ahmed for AlalODulal.org

Nations have always been polarised. As bad as they have been, though, those polarisations were seldom about a protagonist who tried his heart and soul to prevent the birth of a nation –– his motherland.

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Ghulam Azam vs. Bangladesh: Quotes from Daily Sangram ’71

Ghulam Azam speaking at a Jamaat programme during Liberation War. Source: The Daily Star, Bangladesh.

Ghulam Azam speaking at a Jamaat programme during Liberation War. Source: The Daily Star, Bangladesh.


Ghulam Azam Against Bangladesh: Quotes from Daily Sangram ’71
“In order to resist the criminals I am appealing to supply arms to the people who believe in the ideal and unity of the country [of Pakistan.]” —  Ghulam Azam, Daily Sangram, 29 August 1971.

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