International Crimes Strategy Forum (ICSF) along with a number of UK based Bangladeshi progressive, pro-liberation, secular organisations gathered in front of Al-Jazeera’s London office to protest the news agency’s biased coverage of the trial of the international crimes in Bangladesh, distortion of national history, and total lack of sensitivity towards the victims of 1971 genocide.
[i]I am little embarrassed about the intellectual property rights issue in this writing. I am not sure whether mentioning a link or pointer to a song already hosted on the internet violates anyone's right. I promise that if any such infringement happens it will definitely be a temporary thing. I have done it for documentation only. I have added the songs as I have come across so far.
[[i]This is an independent supplementary effort to the article, Naming The Names: Introducing The Pakistani War Criminals by Ahmed Ziauddin. Here I go by the list built by Dr.
Disclaimer: As international journalistic integrity and practice dictates, this rebuttal to Mr. Zafar Sobhan’s (editor of the Dhaka Tribune) writing was first sent to the Dhaka Tribune for publication. Mr. Sobhan held onto it for almost a week and then informed upon inquiry that they had no intention of publishing it. It was then sent to BDNews24.
The Days of Slavery
- Nazim Mahmud
Theater artist and cultural organizer; Deputy Registrar, University of Rajshahi, Rajshahi
“Ask them to shoot you right in the middle of your forehead”, I looked up into the eyes of the speaker who prescribed such an advice. “That’ll be a painless death, absolutely painless”, said Dr. Syed Sajjad Hussain, my professor in the University of Dhaka. Incidentally, he was the Vice Chancellor of the University of Rajshahi at that time and I was simply a staff member there. So, he could crack a joke in front of me, even if it was about as serious a matter as life and death.
These are the eye witness accounts of the liberation war of Bangladesh in April 1971, from the book ১৯৭১: ভয়াবহ অভিজ্ঞতা (1971: Dreadful Experiences). The narrators are the country's educationists, writers, professionals, freedom fighters to businessmen and housewives.
[justify]The posts collaborated here are the translations of eye witness accounts of the 1971 liberation war and independence of Bangladesh, from the book - ১৯৭১: ভয়াবহ অভিজ্ঞতা (1971: Dreadful Experiences).
Face to Face With Death
Poet; Public Relations Officer, Bangladesh Small and Cottage Industries Corporation (BSCIC), Dhaka
If only they had looked up, it would have been certain death for my mother and me.
April 10, I still cannot clearly grasp everything from that afternoon on that fateful day in ’71. I cannot say for certain how long the two of us had waited facing death that day. The realization that we had escaped death took some time to sink in.
The Uncertain Journey
- Tahmina Zaman
Educator; Story writer; Assistant Professor, Home Economics College, Dhaka
Current Location: Syracuse, New York, USA
It was well past sunset, but we hadn't realized it, since all the doors and windows were shut tight. A bunch of us were confined under a bed since earlier in the day. This was the beginning of April, 1971, we were surrounded by death.
The sunny, beautiful afternoon turned into a horrific evening as several Sabre Jets were flying over us. Till then we had no idea what was about to happen. I was just about to feed my 8 month old baby. After feeding him a few teaspoons of milk, I was about to give him some more, and then…my hand shook fiercely and the spoon dropped. A terrible noise broke out that shook the entire house. The tin walls of the house rattled loudly. All of us in that room were stunned. No one made a peep of a sound, there was only fear and anxiety in our eyes. What was about to happen? The scared little baby in my arms buried his face in my chest.