The killing field of Rayer Bazar, 1971.
I am sorry to say that I don’t recognize this verdict as anything other than yet another move in the post-Shabag election game plan
by Zia Hassan, translated by Tibra Ali for AlalODulal.org
One of the lessons learned from Shahbag is that if you relax your ethical standards even the tiniest bit, it eventually backfires and that even the slightest unethical stance on a moral issue will ultimately tarnish your just cause. Continue reading
Tanvir Haider Chaudhury (age 3) with his father Prof. Mufazzal Haider Chaudhury. Source: Tanvir family album, with permission.
My father would have been 87
by Tanvir Haider Chaudhury
It was my father’s birthday yesterday. Professor Mufazzal Haider Chaudhury would have been 87. He never got to approach that age because he was tortured and murdered at 45, the same age as I am now, by the Al-Badr militia. In 1971. Continue reading
© Christian Simonpietri/Sygma/Corbis
Study of History: The Popular-Academic Divide
by Shafiq for AlaloDulal.org
This article is a continuation of a discussion initiated in an AoD post by Naeem Mohaiemen on March 4th 2013, “History is hard work, but are we willing?” Continue reading
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.