Bangladesh upholds death sentence for Mujib’s killers

DHAKA: Bangladesh’s Supreme Court upheld the death sentence for five convicted killers of the nation’s founding president Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, setting the stage for their execution. The court dismissed the men’s final attempt to challenge their sentences for assassinating Mujib, as he was widely known, in 1975. “The Supreme Court, headed by the country’s chief […]

The nationalist that was Mujib

#bangabandhu : Eminent scientist Professor Abdus Salam had been invited by the then Islamic Academy, Dhaka to give a lecture on religion and nationalism a couple of months before the presidential election in 1964. The Academy was housed in an old two-storey abandoned building. That house was demolished to construct Bailul Mokarram shopping complex in […]

Begum Mujib: A tribute

It is said that behind every successful man, there is a virtuous woman. For our father of the nation, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, the woman behind his success was his wife, Begum Fazilatunnesa Mujib. August 8 was the 80th birth anniversary of this great woman who had been with the father of the nation from […]

The men who killed Sheikh Mujib?

BACK in 2003, the History Channel in the United States aired a 9-part documentary titled The Men Who Killed Kennedy. When the documentary directly implicated former U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson in its last episode, it stirred an outcry in the political circuit. The Channel apologised to its viewers and to Mrs. Johnson and her […]

Who do I Mistrust?!

sketch-of-bangabandhu Coming as it is from missionary secondary and higher secondary back ground of schooling I neither had the opportunity nor the inclination to indulge in student politics. Yet after joining the Dhaka University I was convinced by a very senior leftist leader of those days that when I am hungry and aren’t able to […]

Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib

We have just mourned the death of our loved ‘father of the nation’ for the thirty fifth time. Many of these years have been spent under autocratic governments; some have been spent with democratic governments who were happy to present a distorted view of history. But now, and for the second time, we have a […]