A Red Salute to Gobinda Halder

Gobinda-Halder
একাত্তরে স্বাধীন বাংলা বেতার কেন্দ্রে গীতিকার গোবিন্দ হালদারের লেখা সেই অবিস্মরণীয় গানগুলো হলো- ‘মোরা একটি ফুলকে বাঁচাব বলে…’, ‘এক সাগর রক্তের বিনিময়ে…’, ‘পূর্ব দিগন্তে সুর্য উঠেছে রক্ত লাল রক্ত লাল রক্ত লাল…’, ‘লেফট রাইট লেফট রাইট…’, ‘হুঁশিয়ার হুঁশিয়ার…’, ‘পদ্মা মেঘনা যমুনা তোমার আমার ঠিকানা…’, ‘চল বীর সৈনিক…’, ‘হুঁশিয়ার, হুঁশিয়ার বাংলার মাটি…’।
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The Long War

Soviet troops in the Battle of Stalingrad.

Soviet troops in the Battle of Stalingrad.

By Shafiqur Rahman for AlalODulal.org

Recently a friend, who is usually the image of equanimity, uncharacteristically expressed shock and disillusionment at the way the social and cultural elite of Dhaka comported themselves in the wake of the Bergmann contempt of court verdict. 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
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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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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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Mufazzal Haider Chaudhury’s Son Speaks: The Unrepentant Man

Mufazzal Haider Chaudhury with son.

Mufazzal Haider Chaudhury with son.

What is harder to explain, however, are the actions of us independent Bangladeshis. The fact that we allowed him to return to the country he conspired against. The fact that he was allowed to stay here for 16 years – from 1978 to 1994 – on the passport of a foreign country and practice politics, when he did not even have a valid visa.

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