ISBN: 978 984 506 044 8

Reprint: Third impression, February 2019

Cover Type: PB

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Rising from the Ashes: Women’s Narratives of 1971

By Shaheen Akther (Editor) Suraiya Begum (Editor) Meghna Guhathakurta (Editor) Hameeda Hossain (Editor) Sultana Kamal (Editor) Niaz Zaman (Translator)

Publisher(s): The University Press Limited (UPL)   

First Published: 2013 No. of Pages: 298 Weight (kg): 1


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ROAD TO BANGLADESH SERIES is designed to present published accounts of the background to the emergence of Bangladesh. The Series showcases such a collection that, when put together, achieves a well-rounded narrative of the events of 1971. Books in the series should be an invaluable collection for those interested in South Asian affairs, particularly students and scholars of politics, history, development and social transformation.

“Rising from the Ashes: Women’s Narratives of 1971” is a collection of the experiences of 22 women who faced fire, rape, eviction, displacement and death, during the war of independence in Bangladesh in 1971,  and lived to tell the tale. These women are neither the creators nor the determinants of history. Their ordinary lives were uprooted by the sudden maelstrom of war. The barbarity of the Pakistani Army has marked every part of their life, but even after the war their struggles for survival, for recognition and claims for justice are an important part of the national history.  From 13 women, we get an account of how their family members were killed.   9 women describe their experience of rape. The scars of these painful experiences reach far deeper than the immediate reactions to war. That is why their testimonies do not bear the black-and-white distinctions made in wars, nor is there any colour added for effect.  Their personal experiences are an indictment of the war and of military brutality. These unembellished stories may be some of the most powerful to emerge from the liberation war.

Table of contents:

Dhaka and Narayanganj
Zebunnessa Begum: A Mother’s Struggle for Her Family// Nilufa, Rumana, Farzana and Sharmin: Residents of Nirula But Nowhere to Go// Rasheda Khanom (Rina Khan): Experiences of a Political Activist
Chittagong and Chittagong Hil Tracts
Rokhsana Shaheen: A Shelter in Pakistan//  Experience of Two Indigenous Women: Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT)
Khulna and Satkhira
Begum Rokeya Ahmed: Endless Days of Grief// Zulekha: Life After 1971/ Raisun: Rape: A Rural Woman’s Experience// Ferdousi Priyobhashini: A Hidden Chapter
Kushtia and Natore
Masuda, Elijan, Duljan, Momena: Rape as a Weapon of War// Begum Roushan Ara: A Husband’s Death: Hidden Suffering// Fatema Kalam: A Lonely Struggle
Sheela Devi: Tale of a Woman Freedom Fighter,
Amirjan Bewa: Widowed and Childless in 1971// Binapani Saha: The Many Faces of 1971

This book features in: Academic and Reference Books History Gender Studies Bangladesh Liberation War

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