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Jahanara Imam, a cherished flame to light

  • Published at 10:02 pm May 3rd, 2017
Jahanara Imam, a cherished flame to light
Today marks the 88th birth anniversary of Jahanara Imam, popularly known as “Shaheed Janani” (mother of martyrs), coordinator of the Ghatak-Dalal Nirmul Committee. The response of the youth in the social media on her birthday depicts a very positive scenario of the growing consciousness about the Liberation War, the collective struggle of 1971, which resulted the Bangladeshi and national identity. The youth of Bangladesh, for the most part, carry a fervent zeal about the glorious history of the nation that happened long before they were born. Born in 1929, Jahanara Imam mothered two valiant sons, the elder of whom epitomized the sacrifice and valour of young Bangladeshis in 1971. Her memoirs of the 1971 Liberation War were published in 1986 as a book named “Ekattorer Dinguli” (Days of 71). The immediate bestseller won the hearts of everyone and was translated by Mustafizur Rahman under the title of “Of Blood and Fire.” Jahanara went on to become a national symbol of justice and wisdom when she fronted a major campaign to bring war criminals to justice in 1992. Her rare quality to lead people strengthened the demand to punish war criminals and work towards the realisation of the spirit of liberation since the independence of Bangladesh