Lest we forget
Throughout the year, Bangladeshis have been marking the 40th anniversary of freedom. I’ve been posting articles from the now defunct Far Eastern Economic Review in UV — these articles are the closest to ‘liveblogs’ of Bangladesh’s Liberation War.
On this day 40 years ago, that struggle entered its final stage when Mukti Bahini, with the support of Indian artillery and air power, attacked Pakistani positions in several parts of the occupied country in a co-ordinated manner. That’s why 21 November is commemorated as the Armed Forces Day in Bangladesh.
To mark the 40th anniversary of the day, and to pay homage to the freedom fighters, over the fold is a documentary titled Major Khaled’s War that aired in British TV in the summer of 1971.