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
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
Image: Awrup Sanyal
Mizanur Rahman Khan has an interesting article about the potential future course of the Appeals process of the decisions being handed down by the two tribunals of the ICT. Some highlights from the article, and some of my own thought, after the jump:
In 2011, David Bergman, Nurul Kabir, and Shahidullah Khan Badal of New Age faced “contempt of court” charges by the ICT for one of Bergman’s reports on ICT proceedings. Kabir represented all three plaintiffs, foregoing use of a lawyer. The ICT eventually ruled the article contemptuous but exonerated Kabir, Badal, and Bergman of any charge. Because many points made in Kabir’s lengthy representation in court are relevant to the ongoing discussions about war crimes, AlalODulal is reprinting the full text (14,000 words) of Kabir’s response.
While describing Shahbag Square movement, frequent references are being made to Tahrir Square, the site of recent anti -autocratic movement in Egypt. However, although there are more similarities, Shahbag has not yet been discussed in reference to the famous Tiananmen Square movement of 1989 in China. The reason of missing Tiananmen reference may be two pronged. One, in ultra-short memory span of the minds of the analysts of Shahbag Square movement, an event of 1989 is not much distinct now. Continue reading
Intrigue in politics is so entrenched in Bangladesh, in its unique history and in the national psyche, that living without it would be uncharacteristically dull and mundane. We get a steady dose of politically motivated events to arouse our emotions and to make us feel alive, or for some to keep them occupied. Continue reading
Just to help you follow who are for and against the trial.
1. Those who are accused of war crimes. Clearly they would be against any trial.
2. Those who don’t believe any crime took place in 1971. So no trial is needed.
3. Those who believe all sides committed crimes in 1971, and all crimes were equivalent, so either try everyone (ie Ghulam Azam is same as Major Zia) or don’t try anyone.
4. Those who don’t have any opposition to a trial in principle, but think it can’t be done in practice, so we should move on.
5. Those who don’t have any theoretical opposition, and think it could have been done in practice, but believe AL has messed it up.