এই গান থামার নয়
For Tareque Masud.
(Updated: 14 August 4.30pm BDT).
It’s been over 24 hours. Still coming to grips with it. Halfway through the last decade, when Al Badr commanders were cabinet ministers and Islamists threatened every ounce of creativity, progressive artists/activists used to joke grimly that anyone could meet a ghastly, violent death anytime. I don’t know how to vent against the state-supported killers of today.
These are the days when I feel like giving up, like a brother who said in desperation, ‘nothing good will ever last in this cursed country’. And then I tell myself, this is still the country that we cannot give up on.
Many of us in our mid-30s watched the Liberation War for the first time in our life through Masud’s camera. Masud is gone. But the camera, and the vision of freedom, is still there.
এই মুক্তির গান থামার নয় — these songs of freedom are not for stopping.
May they be our redemption.