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.
Ghulam Azam, who created the blueprint for my father and many of his compatriots to be assassinated, will turn 91 in November.
He has been a citizen of Bangladesh – a country which he didn’t recognize and actively lobbied against till 1978 – for the last 19 years.
Over the years, he became a major political force and, in the eyes of some, a revered public figure.
Having been found guilty of crimes against humanity in his recent trial, he was granted clemency because of his age and is now to spend 90 more years in the state’s custody, reportedly in fairly comfortable conditions.
It is an inexplicable world we live in.