Month: May 2012


  • Zia at war

    Zia at war

    Jyoti Rahman Couple of years ago, I noted how the typical discourse on Ziaur Rahman is full of lies. An (Awami League supporting) old friend asked me to write a positive account of Zia’s politics: instead of rebutting X, write about Y, he told me-. This (painfully slowly progressing) series is an attempt at that. […]

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  • Lies, damn lies, and Zia-bashing

    Nineteenth century British Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli is meant to have quipped ‘There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics’. It seems to me that in Bangladesh we have three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and Zia-bashing. Sometimes these lies about Ziaur Rahman get out of hand. For example, when Quamrul Islam, the […]

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