A Dream of 160 Millions Comes True

Pranab Kumar Panday: Bangladeshi people’s dream of Padma Bridge has come true with the installation of the 41st span. Just a very few people could conceive of a bridge constructed in the country on the Padma five years ago. The World Bank's decision to withdraw funding from the mega project on the fake ground of imaginary corruption thwar...

1971 … And The Songs We Sang

Syed Badrul Ahsan: It was early March 1971 when songs became part of the Bengali political consciousness. As the non-violent non-cooperation movement launched by Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman to counter the conspiracies of the Pakistan ruling junta against popular democratic aspirations progressed, Dhaka Radio introduced Bengalis to a rivet...

1971 trauma is motivation for seeking an end to genocide: HPM Sheikh Hasina

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today said Bangladesh is among the few countries in the world that have experienced one of the worst forms of genocide. The premier has issued a separate message on the occasion of the 'International Day of Commemoration and Dignity of the Victims of the Crime of Genocide and of the Prevention of this Crime' and the...

December: Month of Victory

December is the month of victory. It is the month to remember the sacrifices of nation's bravest sons an daughters. It is the month to celebrate the victory achieved through sheer will and bravery against a horde of monsters from West Pakistan. The glorious symbol of independence gained in exchange for the lives of three million martyrs and two ...

In December, we paint the skies with Joi Bangla colours

Syed Badrul Ahsan: It is December once again. It is once more the season when we travel back in time to recall the triumph we came by in an epic war for national freedom. In December we recall the sacrifices of three million of our compatriots; we remember the support of our friends across our frontier and further beyond; we recreate in this mo...

Unforgettable Heroes of Bangladesh

Following the address of the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, innumerable people from all walks of life – farmers, labourers, students and common people joined the Liberation War of Bangladesh. One by one other fearless fighter from the army, navy and air-force joined the war. Their endless courage and intellectual f...

NY Times Special: He Tells Full Story of Arrest and Detention

The following article was published in the New York Times on 18th January 1972.  Sydney H. Schanberg: He kissed his weeping wife and children good-bye, telling them what they knew too well—that he might never return. Then the West Pakistani soldiers prodded him down the stairs, hitting him from behind with their rifle butts. He reac...

Cabinet okays observing 7th March as National Historic Day

The cabinet today approved a proposal to announce March 7 as the “National Historic Day” to be observed every year nationally for recalling the memory of the 7th March Speech of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. The decision came from a cabinet meeting with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in the chair. “The...

Six Point: The stepping stone of Liberation Movement

Dr. Md. Shairul Mashreque and Dr. M. Abul Kashem Mozumder: Six-point movement was the stepping stone of the war of liberation the basis of which was Bengali nationalism. The movement was closely connected with the development of Bengali nationalism. The response from the common people to six-point demand was spontaneous. Continuous exploitation...

Crimson Dawn of Freedom: The Journey of a Red and Green Flag Begins

“This may be my last message. From today Bangladesh is independent. I call upon the people of Bangladesh, wherever they might be and with whatever you have, to resist the army of occupation to the last. Your fight must go on until the last soldier of the Pakistan occupation army is expelled from Bangladesh. Final victory is ours.” S...

March 25th: Darkest night in the history of Bangladesh

A black veil has just showed up over the history of mankind. It was the night of March 25, 1971. The roar of tanks broke the silence of the night. Millions of people in Bangladesh, then a province of Pakistan, woke up not to the chirping of birds but to the thudding sounds of bombs and bullets. That was the kickoff of one of the biggest genocide...

Historic 7 March Speech: Context and Significance

49 years ago, Bangabandhu gave the finest speech of his life at the erstwhile historic Race Course Maydan. Disregarding the intimidation and threats of the Pakistani Army's tanks, guns and machineguns, and in the presence of a million audience, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman declared in a booming voice: "This time, the struggle is for our lib...

Thoughts on the month of March

- Professor Mamun Al Mahtab (Shwapnil) With a nation celebrating thirteen festivities in twelve months, it is a mathematical reality that every month of the year means something special to the Bangladeshis and Bengalis as a whole. March of all is perhaps special, as there are several dates in March bearing extra significance to this nation. Mar...

The Voice That Still Resonates

The people of a green delta were with their utmost dedication to be named as an independent nation in the world. All that remained in their heart was soon to issue at lips. It was the afternoon of 7 March 1971 – the time a nation was to declare what it had to. And it was Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, undisputed leader of the Bangalee...

HPM Sheikh Hasina pays respect to Bangabandhu on Mujibnagar Day

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today paid rich tributes to Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman on the occasion of the historic Mujibnagar Day. The premier paid the homage by placing a wreath at Bangabandhu’s portrait in front of Bangabandhu Memorial Museum at Dhanmondi in the city this morning. After laying the wreath, t...

Mujibnagar: Our government, our history

Syed Badrul Ahsan: On 22 December 1971, the Mujibnagar government came home to a liberated Bangladesh. The homecoming was a fitting climax to a tortuous struggle for national liberty waged by the Mukti Bahini, indeed by an entire Bengali nation, in the nine months of a bitter war imposed on Bangladesh by Pakistan’s army of occupation. Th...

The Proclamation of Independence, Mujibnagar Bangladesh

The Proclamation of Independence, Mujibnagar Bangladesh

UN to raise 1971 Genocide issue in international forum

The United Nations (UN) will raise the issue of Pakistani genocide in Bangladesh in 1971 in the international forum, visiting UN Under Secretary-General and Special Advisor on Prevention of Genocide Adama Dieng said on Sunday. “Though some countries may oppose, we will raise the issue of Pakistani genocide in Bangladesh during the liberat...

Bangabandhu, A Poet of Politics: Anwar A Khan

We recall with highest regards the stormy days of our life in the month of March, 1971. And 7 March, 1971 shall be considered as a turning point of our history. Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman made a historic speech on this day at a mammoth public gathering at Suhrawardy Udyan. He made a clarion call to his people in a thunderous voice: "Build...

Discussion Meeting on Genocide Day, 25 March 2018

Discussion Meeting on Genocide Day, 25 March 2018