এই গান থামার নয়

Posted in history, movies, music, people by jrahman on August 13, 2011

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.

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  1. tacit said, on August 17, 2011 at 9:28 am

    I was reading the Sachal post to which you linked. I think Himu is being too charitable. Even if our honorable prime minister’s son is in a road accident tomorrow on his way to Gopalganj (which hopefully will never happen; may he enjoy long life), nothing will change. Nothing will change because we have yet to learn how to affect long-term change.

    Those who are running our government now know that what happened to Limon was wrong. They know, in their heart of hearts, that crossfire is a crime. But they don’t know what else they can do. They don’t understand if they don’t set up forensic labs, make rape detection kits more widely prevalent, increase the number of skilled forensic surgeons, and dramatically increase the number of lower court magistrates and session judges, we will never get out of this mess. If these steps are taken, then we will see their benefit. Not tomorrow, but eight or ten years later.

    Yet, we only have to look at India, and Anna Hazare, to see how it is within us to bring about change.

    • jrahman said, on September 19, 2011 at 7:52 am

      This is the bleakest thing you’ve ever written.

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