Liberation through the Gunday lens

Bangla poster of Hindi film 'Gunday'

Bangla poster of Hindi film ‘Gunday’


Liberation through the Gunday lens
By Fahima Durrat for AlalODulal.org

Factual errors made in a fictitious storyline may seem like a trivial matter, but they can hide icebergs. The iceberg that showed its tip in the film Gunday seems to have reappeared again in the headlines of Indian newspapers. Bangladesh protests against “distortion” of history, they report. Those inverted commas reveal a deeper source of offence.

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Left Behind By the Nation: ‘Stranded Pakistanis’ in Bangladesh

AlalODulal presents BRAC University based anthropologist Dina Siddiqi’s research essay on the conditions of “stranded Pakistanis” (alternately and inaccurately called “Biharis,” but more accurately “Urdu speakers”) after 1971. In the current discourse around the 1971 war, the fate of the Urdu speakers at war’s end is elided. It is one of the zones of silence because it does not fit with the Bangladeshi discourse around the war. Nor does it fit Pakistan’s convenient discourse, especially after a 2008 high court decision granted them Bangladeshi citizenship. We at AlalODulal feel it is crucial to highlight those left behind in mulitple nation projects.
- Editors, AlaloDulal.org

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Placing the Voices of Shahbag in Modern Narratives of Transnational Youth Protest – Part 2

Photograph: Kazi Sudipto/ Demotix/Corbis. Source: The Guardian, U.K.

Photograph: Kazi Sudipto/ Demotix/Corbis. Source: The Guardian, U.K.

 

If trolling through history reveals involvement of youth in political or socioeconomic upheavals, in case of Bangladesh their raison d’etre has been simple and straightforward: to bring about (political) change. Continue reading

Placing the Voices of Shahbag in Modern Narratives of Transnational Youth Protest – Part 1

Shahbagh Square, Day 2. Image: BdNews24.com

Shahbagh Square, Day 2. Image: BdNews24.com

If trolling through history reveals involvement of youth in political or socioeconomic upheavals, in case of Bangladesh their raison d’etre has been simple and straightforward: to bring about (political) change. Continue reading

Anu Muhammad: 1971, Neither the Beginning nor the End of the Liberation War

General Niazi surrendering to the Indian Army. Photo credit: Aftab Ahmed.

General Niazi surrendering to the Indian Army in 1971. Photo credit: Aftab Ahmed.

 1971:  Neither the Beginning nor the End of the Liberation War

by Anu Muhammad

Translated by Emon Sarwar for AlalODulal.org

1971 was neither the beginning of the war of liberation for the people of Bangladesh nor was it the end of it. 1971, the War of Independence, is a very important episode in the struggle for the liberation of the people of Bangladesh, or for that matter, the people of this region. Continue reading