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My reflections on this day

I was a Major serving on secondment from the Pakistan Army in the then East Pakistan Rifles (EPR) in the Chittagong Sector when the War of Liberation broke out.

Killing of the best Bengali pilots of PIA

PIA - Pakistan International Airlines was the government owned airline of Pakistan. Pakistanis used to put a lot of hindrance to the Bengalis who wanted to join PIA.

1971: Witness to an early resistance

On 27 March 1971, my entire family and I had left Dhaka for safe shelter in a village named Noagaon, located 15 miles from Demra River.

Naval Commandos in Operation Jackpot

Commodore Abdul Wahed Chowdhury, BU BB s/m (G) psc (rtd) of the Bangladesh Navy is one of the highest gallantry awardees living.

A nation is born

Civil war raged in the eastern region of Pakistan after the provincial leader, Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, proclaimed the region an independent republic. President Yahya Khan outlawed the Sheikh's...

EDITOR'S NOTE

The declaration of independence was the inevitable conclusion of decades of struggle against the blatant subjugation that deprived us of our basic cultural, economic and political rights.

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Naval Commandos in Operation Jackpot

Commodore Abdul Wahed Chowdhury, BU BB s/m (G) psc (rtd) of the Bangladesh Navy is one of the highest gallantry awardees living.

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The War of Liberation and Maulana Bhashani

It was late afternoon of 25th March. Professor Govinda Chandra Dev, along with a junior colleague of his from the philosophy department, was crossing the road near TSC of the University of Dhaka to...

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Naval Commandos in Operation Jackpot

The Daily Star (TDS): Please describe to us the circumstances under which the Naval Commando Force was formed.

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The Gaze as 'little object a': Bangladesh at the United Nations in 1971

'Since wars begin in the minds of men, it is in the minds of men that defences of peace must be constructed.' −UNESCO, The Constitution

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"When the war was over, our struggle ended but the struggle of the Biranganas had just begun."

The Daily Star (TDS): Against what backdrop did you join the War of Liberation in 1971?

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The fabric of identity

The two-nation theory, a founding principle of the partition of India in 1947, was effectively shattered with the birth of Bangladesh as a nation-state in 1971.

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The Tangail Landings: A signal for victory

I travelled to Tura, the capital of Meghalaya, three times during the war as a representative of Tangail Mukti Bahini to bring arms and ammunitions.

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A Tamil family's sacrifice

Doreswami Naidu was born in a humble family in Kaium Betur, a village in South Tamil Nadu, India. His father, Arekum Naidu, was a cultivator and was also involved in the collection and disposal of...

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"There should not be any doubt about the trial process in Bangladesh"

The Daily Star (TDS): Why is it important to study genocide in the context of South Asia?

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"Genocide is very often a response to an extreme political threat."

The Daily Star (TDS): Please tell us something about the origins of genocide.