A Freedom Fighter Sings of 1971

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Jabbar Bhandari was a freedom fighter. He fought with Kader (Tiger) Siddiqui in Tangail.  He now makes a living as a Baul Singer.

 

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He had also conducted operations in Kaderpur and Haluaghat. Now much of his time is spent around Suhrwardy Uddyan where the deed of surrender was signed in 1971.  I found him slowly walking along the photographic exhibition on 1971 we had orgasised. He would stop and peer intently at each photograph. I asked him what he was looking at. “I am looking at myself he said. It is me you have photographed.”  I asked him what he thought of Bangladesh now. Whether he still dreamt of the Bangladesh he had fought for.  He replied wistfully, “It’s good we are free.” Then he paused and said. “Sometimes I dream. Sometimes I don’t.”

I have never seen him since.

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