- SASHANKA S. BANERJEE

Indira Gandhi’s biggest worry after the surrender of Pakistan in 1971 was the safety of Mujibur Rahman. The release of Pakistani POWs was the price Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto (and the ISI) extracted for the safe return of the Bangladeshi leader.

Pakistani soldiers surrender in Bangladesh n 1971.

On August 2, 1972 – eight months after the 13-day India-Pakistan war ended on December 16, 1971 – the two countries signed the Shimla Agreement under which India agreed to release all the 93,000 Pakistani prisoners of war (POW) its army had taken during the course of the war. This proved to be a controversial decision, with many in India questioning why Prime Minister Indira Gandhi had squandered a golden opportunity to bargain with Pakistan and settle the Kashmir problem on India’s terms.

Road sign

Chicago City Council named a part of Devon Avenue,an important road in the Illinois state capital, as "Sheikh Mujib Way".

Bangladesh Ambassador to the United States K.M. Shahabuddin on October28 unveiled the street sign emblazoned with four stars at a ceremonymarked by unprecedented enthusiasm and exuberance among the expatriate Bengalees here.

The Devon Avenue wore a festive look as the area was tastefully decoratedwith life size photographs of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman,Bangladesh flags and other display materials. People of all ages joinedthe function organized by Bangladesh Association of Greater Chicagoland(BAGC) on a week-day braving the chill and gusty winds.

The map of the street

Bernard Stone, Alderman (Commissioner) 50th Ward of Chicago City, RonieMunoz, Assistant to Secretary of State of Illinois state Chris Zala,Assistant to State Attorney, Joanna Sue, Director Commissioner of HumanRelations Abdul Mannan, President BAGC, Dr. Zahurul Hauqe, Chairman of theAdvisory Committee of the BAGC, Abdus Salam, General Secretary of the USAChapter of Bangladesh Awami League, among others, spoke on the occasion,BAGC Cultural Secretary Habib Shaheen Tarafder conducted the function.

 

By - Abdul Gaffar Choudhury

He is not a mere individual. He in an institution. A movement. A revolution. An upsurge. He is the architect of the nation. He is the essence of epic poetry and he is history. This history goes back a thousand years. Which is why contemporary history has recognized him as the greatest Bengali of the past thousand years. The future will call him the superman of eternal time. And he will live, in luminosity reminiscent of a bright star, in historical legends. He will show the path to the Bengali nation his dreams are the basis of the existence of the nation. A remembrance of him is the culture and society that Bengalis have sketched for themselves. His possibilities, the promises thrown forth by him, are the fountain-spring of the civilized existence of the Bengalis.

By - Khondaker Abdus Samad

Our nationalist movement that led to the War of Liberation began soon after the creation of Pakistan. Since inception, the Pakistani rulers began maligning our culture to destroy our independent cultural identity.