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1971: Martyred Intellectuals’ Day in Bangladesh

December 14th, 2009 Headsman

This date’s observance marks the systematic execution by (West) Pakistani forces of the intellectual class of East Pakistan at the end of the civil war which would detach the east as the independent nation Bangladesh — an unavenged war crime as cynical as it was brutal.


Executed intellectuals in the Dhaka Rayerbazar, 1971.

This was not a single discrete massacre, but a continuing policy during the March-December 1971 war. December 14, just two days before the Pakistani army surrendered, was the peak date of a dreadful endgame paroxysm that saw hundreds of scholars, teachers, lawyers, doctors, artists, writers, engineers, and the like rounded up and summarily executed in a bid to decapitate the new Bengali state’s intelligentsia.

Though the martyrs were subsequently venerated in Bangladesh, the higher-stakes regional geopolitics have always made effective redress a nonstarter.

Gorgeous pictures of another memorial.

On this day..

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3 thoughts on “1971: Martyred Intellectuals’ Day in Bangladesh”

  1. arsalan says:

    This is the phots of Bihari muslims who had been brutelly killed by bangali mukti bahini in 1971. The stupid pak armies killed the bangalis intellectuals and mukti bahni people but not killed any women and children. May be happened due wrong information of bangali razakar. but after surrender of stupid pak armies the mokti bahini killed 6 lakh bihari muslim bihari children, women and old peole in all over the bangladesh. Only few bihari youths of dhaka mirpoor area helped pak armies with the bangali razakar collaborator. but after fall of the bangali razakars disappeared and mokti bahni killed 5 lakh biharis in all over country in stead of punishing those youths who were envolved. Still 3 lakh of bihari muslims in Bangladesh camps are being treated like animal by bangalo mokti bahini pary (ANP)…………

    Arsalan

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