Views & Opinion

The Awami League, seventy years after 1949

Syed Badrul Ahsan: Seventy years ago, on 23 June 1949, history took a definitive and decisive new turn. There were some courageous men - Moulana Abdul Hamid Khan Bhashani, Yar Mohammad, Shamsul Haque, Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and, of course, Huseyn Shaheed Suhrawardy - whose names are today engraved in the Bengali consciousness. These men, grown ...

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...

A shepherd king born on this planet

Anwar A Khan:   "Leadership is not about titles, positions, or flow charts.  It is about one life influencing another"    ---  John C Maxwell Ninety-nine years back, a shepherd king was born on 17 March 1920 in a remote hamlet of Gopalganj District, Bangladesh as Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. He showed the potential ...

Bangabandhu was heard in Bihar, India

Julian Francis: In March 1971, I was working as an agricultural volunteer on a Gandhian related poverty alleviation project in Bodh Gaya, Bihar, in the villages worst hit by the Bihar Famine of the late 1960s. I had been in India for three years as an agricultural volunteer. I know that I should/could have contributed more, but I was happy tha...

A chronology of 1971 and 35 directives

Anwar A Khan: Like most countries, independence did not come easy for Bangladesh. Between March and December, a lot of bloodshed and misery had resulted from the war but on December 1971, a new country was born in the name of Bangladesh. Our flag stands for freedom and we are so very proud, when it waves in the breeze and it usually draws a cr...