The Shahbag protest of 2013 in Bangladesh began on Tuesday February 5, 2013, in Dhaka, Bangladesh, with the demand of capital punishment for Abdul Quader Mollah and all other accused war criminals of 1971’s Liberation War of Bangladesh. Abdul Quader Mollah was charged with abetting the Pakistani army; actively participating in the 1971 atrocities in Bangladesh; rape (including the rape of minors); and mass murder of Bangladeshis in the Mirpur area of Dhaka during the Liberation War of Bangladesh in 1971. The many grievous atrocities committed by Abdul Quader Mollah during the liberation war earned him the nickname of “Butcher of Mirpur”.
On February 5, 2013, the International Crimes Tribunal of Bangladesh sentenced Abdul Quader Mollah to life in prison after he was proved guilty in five out of the six charges against him. Within hours of the verdict, mass discontent broke out in Bangladesh where most people were expecting capital punishment for Mollah. The bloggers and online activists gave a voice to the public opinion and called for a mass demonstration at the Shahbag intersection in central Dhaka. Thousands of people spontaneously joined the protest and the demonstration culminated into the 2013 Shahbag movement. The Shahbag intersection is currently being referred to as “Generation Circle”, after the new generation credited with initiating such a spontaneous yet robust movement.
Spiritual enlightenment, the eternal truth in the path of spiritual journey. All of the devotees [ Sadhu’s] , spiritual leaders is in worship , like a slave. They got imprisoned in the world. They do believe fervently God is the lord of the world and all men are his subjects. Anyone refusing to pay the lord his due is swiftly punished and denied God’s mercy.
On the journey of spiritual , I have notice Sadhu’s daily life style since long days at their Akhra Bari[ Sadhu’s own shelter place ] . Several times , I visit at their tiny beautiful solitary cave house , it seems a little paradise , that’s full of pleasure., which is emblem a fascinating daily life portrait of Sadhu’s . Their daily works as like as Writing , singing , agriculture profession , prayerful life and others , I have seen close . I have seen them intimately , such a sensitive & sober life of dedication and truth.
Still I am searching The Ultimate knowledge , The mystery of creation through their daily life style. Trying to explore Sadhu’s highly developed imagination which been reflected in their daily life . This is my ceaseless journey of spiritual from the path of truth ……of the ultimate crossing .
These photos were taken in a village called ‘Gabura’ which was completely flooded as I saw after the cyclone. I was a first year student of photojournalism at that time but I was not there to make a photo story, for me it was more important to be a witness of the tragedy occurred there, Shatkhira, Bangladesh 2009.
Cyclone Aila began as a disturbance on May 21 in the Bay of Bengal, strengthening quickly to a Tropical Cyclone with windspeeds gusting up to 120 km/h (75 mph). Aila made landfall soon after, bringing heavy rains, wind, and an enormous storm surge of seawater that pushed inland, damaging or destroying hundreds of thousands of homes in Bangladesh, India and Myanmar. Over 300 people are confirmed to have died, with more than 8,000 missing. According to the Associated Press, some 2.3 million people were affected by Aila.
I grew up in my grandmothers home as my parents were living abroad. My grandmother ‘Rokeya Begum’ took care of everything. I was scared about sleeping alone in a room, She used to sleep with me and wake me up in the morning for school. Now she is 70 years old and living with her younger son. She can barely see and recognize people. Spents most of her time alone in the apartment. I was given an assignment from my school to take photos of a person who is close to you. And I presented these photos.
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