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Liberated, at last

December 16, 1971. Dhaka was gripped by euphoria. People were shouting “Joy Bangla” from the streets to rooftops. Many were hugging each other, celebrating freedom.

They went to sleep never to wake up

Throughout the day, they carried out guerrilla operations against the Pakistan army in different areas and went to sleep without any food at night. As the dawn approached, the occupation forces...

The 1971 saga

The birth of Bangladesh was not an Indian invention to dismember Pakistan, which attacked northern and western Indian airfields on the evening of December 3, 1971.

An ode to 1971

Joy Bangla! Long live Bangladesh! It was the clarion call of our Liberation War of 1971 which still fills our heart with a wild thrill.

Celebrating golden jubilee of victory

50 years ago, on this day, Bangladesh was born out of a bloody war. In the face of a brutal massacre by the Pakistani military, the freedom-loving people of this land, with their unwavering resolve...

December 16, 2021
December 16, 2021

Celebrating golden jubilee of victory

50 years ago, on this day, Bangladesh was born out of a bloody war. In the face of a brutal massacre by the Pakistani military, the freedom-loving people of this land, with their unwavering resolve...

December 16, 2021
December 16, 2021

An ode to 1971

Joy Bangla! Long live Bangladesh! It was the clarion call of our Liberation War of 1971 which still fills our heart with a wild thrill.

December 16, 2021
December 16, 2021

The 1971 saga

The birth of Bangladesh was not an Indian invention to dismember Pakistan, which attacked northern and western Indian airfields on the evening of December 3, 1971.

December 16, 2021
December 16, 2021

Tales of courage and patriotism

It was a long arduous path that we had to wade through to reach the momentous day of glory which was proclaimed by our great leader and Father of the Nation, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.

December 16, 2021
December 16, 2021

1971: PN Haksar in bridging the security gap

My first meeting with Mr. P N Haksar took place at his residence at 9 Race Course Road, on 30 May 1971. It was a Sunday, 11 in the morning, five days after I reached New Delhi, looking for better...

December 16, 2021
December 16, 2021

A year of sacrificial patriotism

It was late afternoon on probably the last Sunday of November 1971. After finishing work for the day at the Netaji Field Hospital in Bakchara village, my father Dr. Sisir Kumar Bose suddenly...

December 16, 2021
December 16, 2021

How nationalist imaginaries were reconstituted in 1971

It was March 1971, some day between the 7th and the 25th. I was a student of class ten, listening with amazement to the subversive language flying among the crowd gathered in front of General Post...

December 16, 2021
December 16, 2021

1971: Some fragments of memory

For a couple of months after the 1970 elections everything seemed simple and straightforward.

December 16, 2021
December 16, 2021

‘I regret that Pakistan has still not formally apologised’

In conversation with Ayesha Jalal, Mary Richardson Professor of History and Director of Center for South Asian and Indian Ocean Studies at Tufts University, USA

December 16, 2021
December 16, 2021

Retracing the 1971 exodus

To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the victory that led to the birth of Bangladesh, attention should be paid to the devastating humanitarian crisis that unfolded during the nine-month war.