1971 War of Independence | The Daily Star
  • Govt hands Pakistan envoy protest letter

    Foreign ministry hands ‘strongly-worded’ protest letter to Pakistan envoy in protest against the country’s statement on Supreme Court verdict dismissing the review plea of condemned war criminal and Jamaat leader Nizami. Bangladesh terms the May 6 Pakistan statement "unacceptable".

  • India greets Bangladesh on Independence Day

    India extends greetings to Bangladesh on Independence Day expressing confidence that bilateral relations with Bangladesh will reach new heights, reports our New Delhi correspondent.

  • Get united for prosperity: PM

    Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina urges all to build the country through united efforts so that the national does not lag behind anymore.

  • Jamaat calls hartal as SC upholds Nizami’s death

    Supreme Court upholds death penalty awarded to Jamaat-e-Islami amir Motiur Rahman Nizami for crimes committed against humanity in 1971. Protesting the ruling, Jamaat calls a countrywide daylong hartal for Thursday.

  • ‘Khaleda still loyal to Pakistani forces’

    The Ekattorer Ghatak Dalal Nirmul Committee strongly criticises BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia’s recent statement on the number of martyrs during the country’s 1971 Liberation War.

  • The frontpage of Dawn newspaper's December 21, 1971 issue.

    After 1971 defeat, Bhutto dreamt of confederation

    Even before the bloods of 30 million Bangalis had dried, Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, the villain behind the breakup of Pakistan and the political mastermind of genocide in 1971, had expressed an audacious proposal of Pakistan and Bangladesh uniting again.

  • Sun rose from ruins

    It was a treacherous journey. On bull-carts and on foot. But it was the journey that finally led to the fall of Dhaka in 1971 and the victory for Bangladesh and its 75 million Bangalis.

  • Opinion: BNP-Jamaat must explain what is Hanadar Bahini

    BNP, Jatiya Party and the Jamaat-e-Islami Bangladesh in their official statements marking the Martyred Intellectuals Day did not mention Pakistan army and their local collaborators who spearheaded the killing of the intellectuals.

  • Oh Pakistan!

    It is really not a surprise that Pakistan would make a statement which pretty much echoes what the research has been revealing all along: that Pakistan justifies the war crimes; that Pakistan will not take responsibility for the harm they inflicted on an entire people in 1971.

  • Pakistan still in denial and self-deceit

    More than four decades on, the present day government of Pakistan has unabashedly and deliberately chosen to deny history. This is not just shameful; it is infinitely more immoral.

  • Justice Manik comes under attack in London

    Justice AHM Shamsuddin Choudhury, a former Supreme Court judge, comes under attack in London, says his daughter Nadia Choudhury in her Facebook account.

  • Mojaheed hopes 'justice' in verdict review: Family

    Condemned war criminal Ali Ahsan Muhammad Mojaheed hopes that he will get "justice" after he seeks review of the Supreme Court ruling that upheld his death penalty.

  • Rayerbazar memorial

    The Rayerbazar momorial is the site we go to pay our respects every year to intellectuals massacred on the eve of victory on December 14, 1971.

  • Memory Eternal-DU

    DU unveils ’71 martyrs monument (video)

    Dhaka University has unveiled a monument consisting of names of all of its staffs who embraced martyrdom in 1971.

  • Honour to Vajpayee great pride for India: Modi

    Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi says it is a matter of great pride for India to receive BJP leader Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s award for his contribution in Bangladesh’s Liberation War.

  • Kamruddin Ahmad (1912-1982)

    The trial is more important than the accused

    Here we publish a letter written by Kamruddin Ahmad to the Law Minister on November 21, 1972. Kamruddin Ahmad was a Language Movement hero, politician, lawyer and diplomat.

  • S.M. Sultan

    “I Don't Like Twirling the Baton of Politics”

    BEFORE we knew it, it was the year 1970. There were political movements all around. The confrontations of the students and the public of East Bengal had reached their peak.

  • Bangladesh's Liberation War -- Documents and History

    Here we publish an excerpt from Hasan Hafizur Rahman's introduction to History of Bangladesh War of Independence: Documents, the largest collection of the Liberation War documents.

  • Sammilito Sangskritik Jote

    Cultural programmes marking Independence Day

    Marking Independence and National Day 2015, cultural institutions and organisations on the capital arranged celebration programmes.

  • A journey through light and shadow

    BANGLADESH'S War of Independence in 1971 was the culmination of a prolonged movement for emancipation from economic, political and cultural subjugation by West Pakistan.

  • Comrade Muzaffar Ahmad

    The independence movement of Bangladesh

    DURING the latter half of the last [ 19th] century, when the poet Nabinchandra Sen was a student of Presidency College, the boys from West Bengal used to poke fun at him by calling him a 'Bangal.'

  • Major General M. A. Manzoor (1940-1981)

    Can a self respecting nation treat its brave sons like this?

    THIS is my first opportunity to speak to an audience after our Independence. I convey my sincere thanks to Bangla Academy for affording me this opportunity.

  • Tajuddin Ahmed and Zohra Tajuddin

    The Path towards Sunrise

    Every moment of the night of March 25 in 1971 and the following two-months will always shine brightly in the depths of my memory.

  • Justice Abu Sayeed Chowdhury

    Genesis of Holocaust

    AS you open newspapers you read that East Pakistanis are fleeing their country, taking shelter in refugee camps and dying in thousands from cholera. But why? What is the genesis of this holocaust? Who is responsible for this human misery?

  • Bangabandhu

    Bangabandhu and the freedom of Bangladesh

    OUR nationalist movement that led to the War of Liberation began soon after the creation of Pakistan. Since inception, the Pakistani rulers began maligning our culture to destroy our independent cultural identity.

  • Shafi Imam Rumi

    The horrific memories of 1971

    WHICH memories of 1971 are horrific? The whole period from March 25 to December 15 was one continuous hell.

  • Reginald Ernest Prentice

    ''The Repression of Bengal''

    IN the absence of a political solution the crisis thrown up by the events in East Pakistan can only get worse.

  • Pakistan Divided

    Here we publish Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist Sydney H. Schanberg's famous article titled "Pakistan Divided".

  • Khushwant Singh

    Why they fled Pakistan -- And won't go back

    This is my third visit to the India-Pakistan border 60 miles east of Calcutta. The countryside has not changed.

  • Muhammad Enamul Huq

    The cry of Joy Bangla

    EXACTLY 214 years after Bangla's sun of independence set in the mango grove of Polashi in Behrampur on June 23, 1757, the resting sun rose once more to glory in an unknown village in Meherpur, Kushtia through the announcement of independence of then East Pakistan by the Awami League.