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Inam Ahmed and Shakhawat Liton It was ZA Bhutto whose machinations were behind the brutal genocide in Bangladesh. Even before the blood had dried on his hands, Bhutto wanted to form a confederation with Bangladesh. But Bangabandhu gave him a befitting reply. Yahya had left Dhaka on the evening of March 25, 1971 after giving […]

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December 16, 1971 was a dark day in Pakistan’s history. On this day, Pakistan lost its east wing (now Bangladesh). The 1971 war and the separation of Pakistan’s two wings could have been avoided if then President of Pakistan, General Yahya Khan, had followed the advice of Air Officer Commanding, Air Commodore M. Zafar Masud, […]

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Syed Badrul Ahsan   History took a new turn on June 23, 1949. There were some courageous men — Moulana Abdul Hamid Khan Bhashani, Yar Mohammad, Shamsul Haque, Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and, of course, Huseyn Shaheed Suhrawardy — whose names are today engraved in the Bengali consciousness. These men, grown acutely aware of the growing […]

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A week after Nagasaki, Tokyo had still not surrendered. A third weapon was already on its way and a dozen were to follow. American military archives reveal that if the Japanese had not surrendered on August 15, 1945, they would have been hit by a third and potentially more powerful atomic bomb just a few […]

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The idea of India

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This Independence Day let’s spare a thought for those Muslims who chose to migrate to Gandhi’s India Taj Mohammad Khan was a young Pathan when India was carved out on communal lines in 1947. He was a Congress activist in Peshawar and was greatly influenced by Mahatama Gandhi and Frontier Gandhi (Khan Abdul Ghaffar Khan). […]

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Meenakshipuram, 33 years on: Muslims happy, Hindus not January 12, 2015 10:30 IST   A Ganesh Nadar/Rediff.com visits the village in Tamil Nadu that shot into national prominence in 1981 when half the Dalits there converted to Islam. He spoke to the Hindus and Muslims and came back with two very different stories. In 1981, […]

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More than four decades after he became the only US president ever to be forced out of office, Richard Nixon remains a riveting subject of study for scholars. Pulitzer winner Tim Weiner is the latest to delve into this complex man, whose dangerous gamesmanship in the sub-continent changed India’s perception of the US for more […]

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Baitul Mukaddas is the first Cabla of Islam and the third holy place after Mecca Muyajjama and Madinatul Munawara. Hazrat Muhammad (sm) refers the journey to Masjidul Haram, masjidul Nababi and Baitul Mukaddas as the special holy conduct that he did not say about other Masjid. After hijrat Baitul Mukasddas became the first Cabla. This […]

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The Holy month of Ramadan means late night shopping, eating out at night, jam packed roads and stores, and more. It also means an evening full of the unhealthiest food to eat on an empty stomach! In an attempt to not ruin any cultural traditions in Ramadan foods, no one is asking everyone let go […]

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মিয়ানমার ছয়শ’ সৈনিক হারিয়ে বাংলাদেশের শ্রেষ্ঠত্ব মেনেছিল মেজর জেনারেল (অব.) আ ল ম ফজলুর রহমানঃ [মেজর জেনারেল (অব.) আ ল ম ফজলুর রহমান। তিনি ছিলেন বাংলাদেশের সাবেক সীমান্তরক্ষী বাহিনী বাংলাদেশ রাইফেলসের (বিডিআর) সাবেক মহাপরিচালক। স্বাধীন বাংলাদেশে তার সমান বীরত্ব আর কেউ দেখাতে পারেননি। প্রতিবেশী ভারত ও মিয়ানমারকে যুদ্ধ করে হারিয়ে বাংলাদেশের শ্রেষ্ঠত্ব প্রমাণ করেছেন তিনি। […]

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 Abid Bahar The dark side of leadership is the human desire for personal gains, and glory but leaders who think they can fool people bound to face dilemmas in making great ethical choices. Mujib was a great leader of Bangladesh exemplified in his 6 point demands to Pakistan, he also showed his greatness in his […]

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By Trevor Aaronson   In 2011, a sex offender and onetime jihadi wannabe helped snare a suspected terrorist—and was promised $100,000 in return. In the sordid world of FBI informants, that’s the price of doing business. On an otherwise ordinary night in May 2011, Robert Childs realized his friend, Abu Khalid Abdul-Latif, might be on […]

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