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Colonel Ashok Tara (Retd) at his residence in Noida | Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint

How this Indian Army officer rescued Sheikh Hasina & family from Pakistan Army captors in 1971

Colonel Ashok Tara (Retd), then a 29-year-old Major, was tasked with rescuing Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman’s family from Pakistan Army at the end of 1971 war.
A file photo of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Bangladesh counterpart Sheikh Hasina | Photo: ANI

Stop seeing Bangladesh as ‘East Pakistan’. Last 50 years are a missed opportunity

Let’s stop anti-Bangladesh rhetoric and calling their people ‘ghuspathiye’. It is time to take them along for the economic prosperity and well-being of our people.
Bangladesh Foreign Minister A.K. Abdul Momen | ANI

‘Bangladeshis aren’t termites’ — FM Abdul Momen says idea of illegal immigration to India wrong

In exclusive interview with ThePrint, Bangladesh Foreign Minister A.K. Abdul Momen says Dhaka has immense trust in PM Modi, calls him 'our confidante'.
PM Narendra Modi pays tribute at the National Martyrs' Memorial in Dhaka Friday | ANI

Modi hails Bangabandhu, says Delhi Dhaka’s partner in op-ed tribute on Bangladesh trip

In op-ed for The Daily Star, Modi says the India-Bangladesh Friendship Pipeline and the Akhaura-Agartala rail link are likely to be completed this year.
A street vendor carries Bangladeshi national flags in Dhaka, Bangladesh

Bangladesh’s freedom wasn’t all about Indian military. Public diplomacy played a huge role

India's efforts to end the 1971 Bangladesh crisis is remembered as a great strategic and diplomatic triumph. But little is known about the role played by civil society members.
Lahore University of Management Sciences | www.lums.edu.pk

Lahore university stokes outrage for cancelling event on Bangladesh’s liberation from Pakistan

Lahore University of Management Sciences cancelled its online conference on 50th anniversary of Bangladesh liberation war without explanation earlier this week.
Brigadier Hamir Singh (Retd), receives the Vijay Mashaal, in Jaipur Thursday | Via Indian Army

‘Didn’t know I’d live to get this’ — 1971 PoW, Vir Chakra awardee receives Vijay Mashaal torch

Brigadier Hamir Singh (Retd), who was a young captain during the 1971 war against Pakistan, was honoured as part of India’s celebrations to mark 50 years of the victory.
Pakistan Army signing the Instrument of Surrender in Dhaka in 1971

Congress forms panel headed by AK Antony to plan 50th anniversary of 1971 War

The panel also comprises Punjab CM Amarinder Singh, former Lok Sabha speaker Meira Kumar, former Maharashtra CM Prithviraj Chavan and former Union minister Jitendra Singh.
Indian troops repairing the Jessore Road from Kolkata in India to Jessore in Bangladesh, during the Indo-Pakistani War of 1971.

Indians should thank these three men for bringing 1971 Bangladesh ‘genocide’ to light

As the 50th anniversary of the Liberation of Bangladesh approaches, along with it comes the memory of a gruesome genocide that ought not to be forgotten in vain.
Pakistani troops surrender in 1971 wa

Why 1971 Battle of Khulna’s outcome made me respect Pakistan Army Brigadier Muhammad Hayat

The brilliant Brigadier Muhammad Hayat, who was Pakistani Commander of 107 Infantry Brigade during the war, faded away and died largely unsung in 2008.

On Camera

Himanshu, a young member of ABAA, looks through his telescope | Picture credit: Manasvi CM

Moons with masks, sky on Skype — Covid has changed life for Bengaluru astronomers’ club

For the first time since 1976, the Association of Bangalore Amateur Astronomers had to shut its Sunday meets due to Covid. But its members aren’t giving up.
Health department officials at Majhgaon village in Chhattisgarh’s Bemetara district | By special arrangement

‘Worrying signs’: Covid hits rural India hard, it now has nearly half of all new cases

The total number of daily cases being reported across India is nearly 300 per cent higher as compared to last year, meaning they will exert pressure on rural health infrastructure.

Defence

Last rites being performed at the Brar Square Crematorium in the Delhi Cantonment | By special arrangement

These soldiers are serving 24×7 to cremate veterans, dependents succumbing to Covid

From 4 pyres at Delhi's Brar Square cremation ground, the infrastructure is being raised to deal with 20 bodies at a time due to the increased Covid toll.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint Team

Modi govt is in denial & India is back to being a flailing state

Modi government didn’t strengthen the foundations of basic governance in the last 7 years. Now, the PM has retreated and ministers are failing, adding to the Covid disaster.