“Dasparty” – was a specialized group of Mukti Bahini under Tekerghat sub-sector of Sector Five during Bangladesh Liberation War. All of this group were guerrilla fighters. The group was made up of students, farmers, fishermen and specially trained for naval warfare. They fought with the Pakistan army and auxiliary forces in the Haor and river routes of Sunamganj and Habiganj districts with ruthless tactics and bravery.
The guerilla group came to be known as “Dasparty” after the 22 year-old Jagatjyoti Das, the leader of the guerilla group. He fought with infinite bravery and was martyred on the battlefield. His bravery and sacrifice is still a legend among the people of this region.
But being civilian warriors of marginal areas, the heroism of the “Dasparty” was neglected in mainstream history. Nearly 46 years later, Hasan Murshed explored the Haor region to find the surviving guerrillas, identify the battlefields, and collect their war accounts.
A unique addition to the history of the Liberation War, this book brings to light several unpublished incidents of genocide, extraordinary human stories – which have remained ‘insignificant’ in our urban-centric narrative of the Liberation War.
First published August 1, 2016
বঙ্গবন্ধুর স্বদেশ নির্মাণ
Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman was the architect of Bangladesh. This epithet of him is not limited to merely organizing, leading the Bangladesh independence movement and bringing about the rise of Bangladesh through a bloody liberation war. After the brutal killings and massive destruction by the Pakistani forces throughout the country during the war of liberation, he has also done the work of providing urgent humanitarian aid to the people, rebuilding the destroyed infrastructure, improving the law and order situation, building the necessary infrastructure for an independent country, making laws, establishing democracy and initiating development plans. He also deserves the credit of making Bangladesh recognized as a prestigious nation all over the world. Therefore, Bangabandhu’s “State Building” is an integral and must-read chapter in the history of Bangladesh.
‘Bangabandhu’s Swadesh Nirman’ – the book was written by Hasan Murshed on the basis of direct evidence and documents. The book disproves the purposeful propaganda about Bangabandhu, “a great leader but not an efficient ruler”. Eventually the book became very popular. Bangabandhu’s daughter Sheikh Hasina gifted the book to former President of India Pranab Mukherjee and she quoted the book many times in several occasions.
First Published March 1, 2017
জেনোসাইড ’৭১: তত্ত্ব,তর্ক, তথ্য
This book describes the history, theoretical framework of the concept of ‘genocide’, details some recognized genocides and compares them to the atrocities committed by the Pakistan Army and its auxiliary forces in 1971. It has been proven that this was not just Mass Killing, but a full-blown genocide.
In addition, the book states that 1971 was not an isolated event, but rather a culmination of political events that had started in the Indian subcontinent 100 years earlier. Calcutta riots, killing of Hindus in Noakhali, killing of Muslims in Bihar, state-sponsored killing of Hindus in East Pakistan in 1950 and 1964, aggression against Bengali language, culture, education and economy, attitude of Pakistanis towards Bengalis- these were the preparations for genocide.
This is probably the first such book on Theoretical framework of genocide in Bengali language.
First Published February 8, 2019
বঙ্গবন্ধুর নীতি নৈতিকতা
Much has been written about Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, the architect of the nation of Bangladesh. Most of it is about his illustrious political career. But the personal principles, morals and ideals that held him to this unique height are often unspoken. Although Bangabandhu’s ideology is a widely used term in the political arena of Bangladesh, it is mainly used as a Rhetoric for the exercise of power.
Avoiding this extravagance, Sheikh Mujibur Rahman’s 55 years of outstanding life, his ideals, ethics and morals are essential to exercise to build a self-respecting Nation.
Practicing these principles is also useful for a person outside of politics.
The book was written for this purpose.
Published August 3, 2019
নারী সাক্ষ্যে জেনোসাইড
This book contains the testimonies of twelve genocidal crimes from the 1971 genocide, committed by the Pakistan Army and its auxiliary forces. Each testimony is narrated by one or more women. These women are from different regions of the country, from different social positions, and their experiences during the genocide are different – some were in the war of resistance, some were victims of terrible sexual violence, some witnessed the killing of their husbands, children and brothers.
A striking similarity is visible in the testimonies of women of different social positions – even after four centuries, they are wider yet deeper than men in the churning of memories.
These women’s testimonies are powerful convictions against the politics of forgetting the memory of Genocide ’71.
First published February 15, 2020
শমন শেকল ডানা
It was written in 2008. For two years before that, the military regime had been holding the power of this state in the name of caretaker government. Unelected opportunists, bigoted groups and corporate traders were accomplices to this illegitimate regime. Insulting common citizens, extrajudicial killings, evicting people from their own land and expanding corporate business became the trademark of that regime.
It was published at the 2009 Book Fair. Instead of novel, the writer said it a political docu-fiction. He wanted to paint that period in fiction format.
A decade later it was published again, under the same name. Six more stories are added. These were also written of that time. In the framework of fiction, all are essentially about individual human sensibilities.
Between 2001 and 2008, Arundhati Roy’s fifteen interviews with some prominent journalists in India and the United States, ‘The Shape of the Beast’ was published in 2008 by Penguin. This timeframe of conversation is very important.
During this period, the new form of world order was determined, from the state to the individual, everyone had to be affected by the new system. In the wake of 9/11, the declaration of the ‘War on Terror’, the occupation of Afghanistan, the introduction of the Iraq War as well as the spread of corporate globalization. The rise of Hinduism in India, known as the world’s largest democratic country, the loss of people’s rights over agriculture, minerals and natural resources, and the spread of armed resistance, losing the effectiveness of non-violent movements, are the events of this time.
These are the contexts that emerged in a conversation with Arundhati Roy, a Booker-winning novelist, political writer and grassroots activist.
Instead of a formal interview, Arundhati Roy talks in a homely manner throughout the book.
Attempts have been made to maintain that posture in the translation as well.
This story is about the liberation war of Bangladesh। People’s self-identity was awakened from political, economic and cultural sense. A full-blown Genocide committed by the Pakistani ruler and its domestic allies to wipe out that identity. They committed Indiscriminate killing , countless sexual violence, countless refugee lives. On the contrary- war of resistance, armed struggle, mythical heroism and self-sacrifice was fact.
As these glorious memories are true, the politics of erasing true memories also strongly active.
In the ‘neo-political ecosystem’, assassins return to the center of power. Under the cloak of impunity and coexistence, they are trying to remove the memory of Genocide.
Wandering around the grassroots level of the north-eastern region of the country, the unspoken words of politics, society and individuals have been brought out After fifty years.
And these includes the basic anecdotes of the Liberation War- Ishane Nishan. This book includes a 26 minutes long Documentary as well.
First published February 2023