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Reminiscences

Red Terror or Revolutionary War?

Book Review: Lal Shontrash: Siraj Sikder O Sharbohara Rajneeti (Baatighar, Dhaka, 2021, 430 pages) “Red Terror; Siraj Sikder and Sarbahara Politics” (in Bangla) is about the birth, growth and withering away of a revolutionary organisation about which most Bangladeshis have … Continue reading

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To Myanmar on a mission

I was very fearful, for we would be in very choppy waters, only a few kilometres from where the river meets the sea, and neither my brother nor I could swim. Besides, we could be caught by border guards on … Continue reading

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The Teknaf base that never was

It was a very dark and scary night.  A heavy downpour soon drowned out the cacophony of noises from insects and birds and left us wet, cold and confused.  Armed only with a few pickaxes, spades and kitchen knives, our … Continue reading

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Sikdar, Samiullah and Sarbahara – II

Highly charismatic, intelligent and persuasive, Sikdar was bold and resolute. His disarming smile concealed a personality capable of ruthlessness in the pursuit of his goal. Which is why some who knew Sikdar very well think that had he succeeded in … Continue reading

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Sikdar, Samiullah and Sarbahara – I

Fortunately, Samiullah Azmi did not live long enough to see his beloved party fall to such depths and his comrades turn on one another with such brutality. He left the party – and this world – before paranoia and personality … Continue reading

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Short but extraordinary life of Samiullah Azmi

For the 21 years that she lived after Samiullah’s reported death in a hail of bullets in 1971, this most loving of mothers refused to believe that her son was dead. She would pray to Allah on his behalf every … Continue reading

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