Bullets of '71: A Freedom Fighter's Story
Bullets of `71: A Freedom Fighter's Story details Dr. Nuran Nabi's experience growing up in rural Bangladesh and living through the tumultuous episodes of the Bangladesh liberation movement and the liberation war. This is the true story of how a frail young man developed into a politically conscious student activist before transforming into a heroic freedom fighter in the Bangladesh Liberation War.
Throughout Dr. Nabi's narrative, the untold stories of the Bangladesh Liberation War unfold. The sacrifices and heroic actions captured through Dr. Nabi's words define more than his accomplishments, they define his entire generation. The Bangladesh Liberation War was a people's war. Men and women, young and old, students, farmers, bureaucrats, laborers, political activists, and defected Bengali soldiers of the Pakistani military, all joined the liberation war. Bullets of `71 is their story.
The Bangladesh liberation war was bloody. Three million people were killed, thousands of women were raped, and ten million people were forced to become refugees. However, this story transcends the events of the war. It explores the political backdrop amongst China, the United States, the Soviet Union, and India. Dr. Nabi effectively illustrates how the selfish decisions of a few world leaders led to millions of crimes perpetrated against humanity.
But among all the pages in this book none are more candid and horrific than those that cover the atrocities committed by the Pakistani military. Although the Bangladesh genocide unfolded during the nine months of the liberation war, Dr. Nabi thoughtfully separates these stories to remind us of why he and his fellow freedom fighters fought.
Bullets of `71: A Freedom Fighter's Story is the most authentic account of the events that transpired in 1971 Bangladesh. It is a captivating story that captures the elements of the universal struggle for freedom.
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Reviewer: Lt Gen (Retd) Y M Bammi, PhDThe book is an excellent personal account of the 1971 Liberation War of Bangladesh by Dr Nurun Nabi. It offers a remarkable first-hand view of the freedom struggle from the author’s personal experiences as a freedom fighter. The book distinguishes itself from other works by providing a vast canvas ranging from the author’s early childhood days to his participation in the freedom struggle.
The book is divided into two parts; Born in Bengal and Bullets of ’71. Part I covers the experiences of young Nabi through his Dacca University days. Part II details his experiences participating in the freedom struggle and emerging victorious over the Pakistan Armed forces.
In Born in Bengal, Nabi describes his early years and the events that lead a young village lad to become a politically-aware student at Dacca University. He recounts his happy childhood indulging in boat trips and catching fish in village ponds. He anguishes over leaving his mother for boarding school and later his grief at her passing. He describes his college days, sports activities, and close relationships with teachers. He talks vividly about the wave of discontentment flowing against the domination and ill-treatment by West Pakistan.
Nabi includes a brief account of the history of the region, which takes the reader through the Independence of India and the political events in Pakistan leading to the elections of 1970. He provides bone chilling accounts of the political conspiracy hatched by Yahya and Bhutto to deny Sheikh Mujibur Rahman his legitimate democratic right to head the government of Pakistan, the crackdown by the Pakistan Army, and the atrocities committed on the innocent people of East Bengal. The reader experiences the patriotic fervor and is roused by the emotional description of the Dacca rallies of Mujibur Rahman. Part I ends with Nabi and many of his friends being inspired to join the freedom struggle for the liberation of East Pakistan and creation of their own country, Bangladesh.
Bullet’s of 71 is the main area of focus, in which Nabi narrates his experiences as a Tangail Mukti Bahini freedom fighter under the leadership of Tiger Kader Siddiqui. He talks about the rigorous training and the detailed planning and coordination activities for conducting raids. He describes his harrowing experiences trying to evade the Pakistan Army under the cover of darkness through the forests and rivers in the region. He details the role played by Mukti Bahini in assisting the Indian Army in joint operations, including the airborne operations. All through the narration the strong spirit of Bangladesh, her fight and struggles, and her sacrifices stand out clearly.
In a chapter dedicated to the Bangladesh Genocide 1971, Nabi covers the gruesome atrocities committed by the Pakistan Army on their Muslim brothers and sisters as well as Hindu minority people of East Pakistan. His narration is heartbreaking and authentic and he quotes reliable western sources, including Senator Ted Kennedy, on the plight of the innocent Bangladeshis. He notes the humanitarian assistance given by India and the world, and the international reactions to the crisis, both positive and negative.
Part II ends with the reader experiencing the joyful events leading to the fall of Dacca, the surrender of the Pakistan army, and the jubilation on the Bangladesh victory on December 16, 1971. Here, Nabi describes his joy at meeting with his leader Sheikh Mujibur Rahman where he and his fellow fighters were lauded for their role in the freedom movement. Thereafter, Nabi returns to Dacca University to resume his studies.
The book is a must read for the present generation of Bangladesh as it narrates the events leading to the Liberation War and Independence of their country. It is of immense value for other readers as it describes the role played by other countries in
This book is an excellent representation of 1971 war of Bangladesh. Dr.Nurannabi, The author, expressed superbly his own words as a freedom fighter that would help new generation of Bangladesh to understand how our parents did sacrifice to create a new nation today called "Bangladesh". Would like to know more from the author about Mr.Abdul Mannan, M.N.A (as you mentioned a great son of Tangail) who was in charge of Free Bangladeh Radio Center at Calcutta (Shadhin Bangla Betar Kendra) in 71, who first named Kader siddiqui's force as "Kaderia Bahini" and made significant publicity of this force in the air. The name Kader Siddiqui became a legend greatly contributed by this Radio center.
Aminul Mannan, M.D.