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Chobi Mela X : Here to Stay by Shahidul Alam


It was the year 2000. The new millennium. When the minister called, it was close to midnight. Spectacular as it was, the show Robert Pledge and I had painstakingly put together over six years, showed the Bangladesh 1971 war as it was. Warts and all. The government wanted a sanitized version. That wars were never neat and tidy events with everyone playing by the book, was something they weren’t prepared to consider. History as seen through the lens was what we were after, they wanted untainted glory. Some pictures had to go, said the minister. Unwilling to submit to censorship, […]

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