Abul Kalam Azad

Bangladesh cleric Abul Kalam Azad sentenced to die for war crimes

A court in Bangladesh has sentenced a well-known Muslim cleric to death for crimes against humanity during the country’s 1971 independence war. Abul Kalam Azad’s conviction is the first verdict…

Training Camp, 1971 (Begart Institute)

Putting A Human Face On The Liberation War

“The trickling stream of refugees coming from East Pakistan was swelling. By the end of the day, it took the shape of an exodus. I arrived in Kolkata by the…

Pranab-Mukherjee

Bangladesh to honour 150 more foreign friends

Bangladesh will honour another 150 of its foreign friends, including Indian President Pranab Mukherjee, on December 15 for their outstanding support and contribution in the War of Liberation. The foreign…

Mosaic with the new flag Bangladesh Liberation War

Remembering the fateful night of 25th March, 1971

[March 26th, 2012 is 42nd Independence day of Bangladesh. The Liberation War Museum has this short piece on Bangladesh and the Independence struggle.] Bangladesh is located in the easternmost periphery of the…

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2012 International Mother Language Day (21 Feb)

International Mother Language Day was proclaimed by the General Conference of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in November 1999 (30C/62). On 16 May 2009 the United…

Sunday Times Genocide Bangladesh

Bangladesh war: The article that changed history

On 13 June 1971, an article in the UK’s Sunday Times exposed the brutality of Pakistan’s suppression of the Bangladeshi uprising. It forced the reporter’s family into hiding and changed…

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40th Bangladesh Victory Day Anniversary

On the 16th of December 2011 Bangladeshis around the world, including the large community living in the United Kingdom, estimated to be 500,000, will celebrate the 40th anniversary of victory…

Indira Gandhi and Sheikh Mujibur Rahman

Bangladesh salutes Indira Gandhi

Besides providing support and refuge to the people of East Pakistan, Indira Gandhi travelled across the world to mobilise support for the Bangladesh Liberation War. The political and personal role…

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Bangladesh finally confronts war crimes 40 years on

Like many other Bengalis, eminent sculptor Ferdousy Priyabhashini is happy to see those accused of mass murder and rape during Bangladesh’s 1971 independence war finally stand trial. Ms Priyabhashini was…

A Mukti Bahini fighter carries a comrade injured in the fight against the Pakistani army (Naib Uddin Ahmed/Autograph ABP)

The war that time forgot

The Bangladesh war was one of the 20th century’s bloodiest, yet outside the region, little is known about it. Now, 37 years on, an exhibition records the painful birth of…