Tag Archives: 1971 war

The Blood and Tears of 1971

While war and civil war always include violence, the atrocities committed during the nine months in 1971 were neither a decided war strategy nor a one-sided occurrence. It was initiated by the emotional break-down of established psychological and societal limits fired by disparate nationalist theories and feelings.

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Questioning Bangladesh’s Iconic Number

On April 17, the Bangladesh’s War Crimes Tribunal initiated contempt proceedings against the Dhaka-based British journalist David Bergman for, among other matters, questioning the death toll from the country’s 1971 war. In the following article, Mr. Bergman explains why journalists and scholars should be able to question this figure.   Is the Bangladesh government’s official figure of three million a fair estimate …

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Race, Bangladesh and ‘Gunday’

Bangladeshis all over the world are aware of the Gunday fiasco.   The recently released film in India, Gunday is a love triangle story between two men and a woman; however, the film also portrayed-and imagined-the Bangladesh Independence War of 1971 as the result of an India-Pakistan war, and not something Bangladeshis achieved on their own through their own effort and will.   As …

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Bangladesh Hangs Opposition Politician Ahead of Elections

    Bangladesh has executed opposition leader Abdul Quader Molla for war crimes during in 1971 war, after a shady trial. Molla is the first person to be sent to gallows on war crime charges during the country’s bloody 1971 war of independence.   Molla, 65, who was also assistant secretary general of the Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) party, was hanged hours after he refused …

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