• So much for ‘Digital Bangladesh’
  • Disregard for safety all around
  • A game of regional chess over Syrian tragedy
  • ‘500MW solar electric power by 2013’
  • Student leaders
  • Hydraulic backfill with long-wall mining
  • Amending the need for an external mechanism
  • DFP makes docu on Sultana Zaman
  • Minuddin wins Best Painting Award
  • BFF set for Blatter boost
  • Cricketers unite to fight for justice
  • BCB president satisfied with Pakistan security
  • Russia, China step up Syria peace efforts
  • Death toll in Yemen attacks rises to 103
  • Textile sector faces blow as India bans cotton export
  • Free footpaths of motorbikes for pedestrians: HC
  • CNG stations closure for two more hours
  • Upazila chairmen’s pay to double
  • Voters’ roll update could be delayed
  • Women farmers deserve recognition: economists
  • EC working for nat’l polls based on EVM
HOME  NATIONAL
  
Print Friendly and PDF

Distortion of history in textbooks

HC summons Ershadul Bari, BOU registrar

Staff Correspondent

The High Court on Monday summoned Bangladesh Open University’s former vice-chancellor professor Ershadul Bari and its incumbent registrar over distortion of the history of the liberation war in the university’s two textbooks.
Bari, now staying in Malaysia, was asked to appear in the court on March 12, and the registrar, Monjur E Khoda Tarafdar today. BOU vice-chancellor professor RIM Aminur Rashid is also scheduled to appear today on a court directive.
On Monday, the court also requested Bangladesh Bank’s former governor M Farashuddin Ahmed, journalist Manjurul Ahsan Bulbul and BOU treasurer Santi Narayan Ghosh to appear today to assist the court over the matter which they had investigated.
The court heard Dhaka University political science department professor Harun-or-Rashid, who appeared in the court along with his colleague, Shawkat Ara Hossain, on a court order.
Harun blamed the incumbent and former BOU vice-chancellors, and the registrar for reprinting the textbooks, which were written in 2000 by him and Shawkat Ara, by distorting the history of the liberation war without their permission.
The distortion was made after the BNP had assumed office in October 2001, he added.
In the 2000 editions, the books contained correct information and facts of the history of the liberation war, but the BOU authorities ran reprints of the textbooks in 2002, 2005 and 2009, in which history was distorted, he said.
‘After coming to know about the matter through newspaper reports on November 22, 2009, I warned the incumbent VC that I would take legal action if the textbooks were not corrected immediately, but the authorities did nothing,’ said Harun.  
He said that a fraud case had been filed against 10 persons, including the VC, on charge of reprinting textbooks without the authors’ permission and the court had asked the accused to appear on April 5.
The reprints of Sociology 2nd paper and Civics 2nd paper of HSC under the BOU have termed late president Ziaur Rahman the proclaimer of the country’s independence, although the HC in a verdict in 2009 ruled that the country’s founding-president Sheikh Mujibur Rahman had declared the independence on March 26, 1971.
On May 26, 2010, the court had asked 28 persons, including the five, to explain why books published and distributed by Open University should not be declared illegal, and also should not be confiscated.
The respondents were also required to explain why they should not be prosecuted for treason and other offence under the penal code on charge of distorting the universally recognised and endorsed history that the country was liberated under the leadership of its founding-president Sheikh Mujibur Rahman after a successful war of liberation from the Pakistani occupation.
The court issued the rule after hearing a writ petition filed by two Supreme Court lawyers, Altaf Uddin Ahmed and Mahmud Hossain, challenging the legality of publishing the books.




Reader’s Comment

comments powered by Disqus
   

Women farmers deserve recognition: economists

Experts attend a discussion on ‘women farmer-friendly government incentives for the agricultural sector’ at the National Press Club in Dhaka on Monday. — New Age photo
Economists and academics on Monday demanded introduction of separate cards for the growing number of women farmers to recognize the contribution to the economy and ensure their rights. Full story

EC working for nat’l polls based on EVM

Despite opposition parties objecting to the use of electronic voting machines, the Election Commission is making preparations for EVM-based national elections. Full story

BGMEA signs MoU for DMCH burn unit

Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association signed a memorandum of understanding with Dhaka Medical College Hospital to expand its facilities and raise awareness of burn injury safety at BGMEA building in Dhaka Monday. Full story

Cabinet okays draft of proposed amendment to civil code

The government on Monday approved draft of the proposed Code of Civil Procedure (Amendment) Act, 2012, having a provision of out of court settlement of cases by the litigant parties, officials said. Full story

EU-SAARC cooperation is a new global challenge: speakers at discussion

Former caretaker government’s chief advisor Justice Muhammad Habibur Rahman on Monday said foreigners cannot resolve the local political crises and the nation needs to resolve its problems by itself. Full story

HC summons Ershadul Bari, BOU registrar

The High Court on Monday summoned Bangladesh Open University’s former vice-chancellor professor Ershadul Bari and its incumbent registrar over distortion of the history of the liberation war in the university’s two textbooks. Full story

China keen to provide support to build deep seaport: envoy

China is keen to provide technical and financial support to build a deep seaport at Sonadia in Chittagong, newly appointed Chinese ambassador said on Monday. Full story

BGB pushes back 6 Rohingya intruders

Six citizens of Myanmar were pushed back by the Border Guard Bangladesh on Sunday night through Nikhyanchari upazila border in Bandarban. Full story

FS recovering

The foreign secretary, Mijarul Quayes, now receiving treatment at Mount Elizabeth Hospital in Singapore, is improving, a foreign ministry source said Monday. Full story

Court points out limitation of ‘judiciary system’

A Dhaka court trying the BDR carnage case on Monday said that several hundred accused have already languished in the jail for three years due to limitation of the ‘judiciary system.’ Full story

President asks Air Force to keep reputation in UN missions

The president, Zillur Rahman, has urged the members of the Bangladesh Air Force to keep up their reputation in UN peacekeeping missions showing higher level of professionalism. Full story

2 of a family among 3 killed in road mishap

Three people, including a man and his daughter, were killed and another was injured when a truck crashed into a rickshaw-van at Kulpoddi Chowrasta of the district town Monday morning. Full story

Flats for SC judges by 2013

The government will construct a high-rise apartment building for residential purposes of the Supreme Court’s judges in one year time. Full story

3 workers diagnosed with bird flu in capital

Detection of three new human infections with the deadly H5NI strain of bird flu in a week has set alarm bells ringing as scientists have found evidence of the virus in the live-bird market in crowded Dhaka. Full story

Udichi remembers bombing victims today

Udichi Shilpi Goshthi will observe today the 13th anniversary of the terror attack on its convention in Jessore which had left 10 people killed and scores injured. Full story

Journos’ killers will be identified, hopes UK envoy

The British high commissioner in Dhaka, Robert Winnington Gibson, is hopeful that the killers of the journalist couple would be identified after proper investigation. Full story

Charge framing against Tarique now Mar 18

A special tribunal in Dhaka on Monday deferred until March 18 the hearing of framing charges against the BNP senior vice-chairman, Tarique Rahman, and other new accused in twin cases filed over the August 21 grenade attack on an Awami League rally in 2004. Full story

Ali Aksad’s death anniv today

The 3rd anniversary of death of former Bangladesh Peace Council president Ali Aksad, also a journalist, will be observed today. Full story
  • Online Poll


    Do you think that the government has successfully brought back normalcy in public life after the January 5 elections?

    • Yes
    • No
    • No comment
    Ajax Loader