“It happened, therefore it can happen again: this is the core of what we have to say”
The 1971 Genocide in Bangladesh:
This is the story we need to tell to every Bangladeshi and the people of the world. This is the crime we should be aware of because “This has happened and can happen again” somewhere in the world be it in Auschwitz, Rwanda or Kosovo.
The plot is so huge that no one person can tell the story. Many books were written, video footage was taken and words are passed from generation to generation. But due to lack of information in one place and platform, many truths were distorted. The struggle for Bangladesh’s liberation and the efforts of the Pakistani army to cull the resistance resulted in one of the worst genocide in World history. This was interpreted in many different ways. To many Bengalis, it was a struggle for liberation, to many Pakistanis an armed rebel to be quashed, to the US govt. Pakistan’s internal affair. However, it was in the US the peace-loving people arranged the first-ever aid concert for the people of Bangladesh.
Politicians tried to bank on these in the past and will be doing this in the future. The new generation is baffled as textbooks were rewritten to instil superiority of the visionaries of the political governments over rivals. People are forgetting that it was a mass effort and prompting to disrespect the catalysts and the father of the nation, who was the inspiration.
That is why this site is born. In the coming era, it will be collating all the information that is available open-source or copyrighted (with permission) which will be listed in one place. From here you will be able to navigate to the original contents in their original locations. It will be a one-stop repository of all available information and will indicate versions of history. We will try to include all valid viewpoints with authenticated sources and let the readers/viewers be the judge of what is right.
This is a continuous and collaborative effort and you can contribute to it by sending us sources/links to new information which will enrich the archive. You will be credited for your contribution. Your opinions will be noted in the discussion forum.
This is a personal effort of some Bangladeshi online activists and bloggers.
Research, input & curator in charge: Rezwan
Experts: MMR Jalal & Mash
Design: Mehedi Rahman
Project Host: Sushanta
Support: Tasneem, Tanoy, Zafa, Shada Kalo, Rubel Ahsan, Faiyaz
Advisers: Abdul Gaffer Chowdhury and Saleem Samad.
Contact: webmaster (at) genocidebangladesh.org