Speaking ill of the dead?
A professor at the University of Dhaka has been suspended for criticising the man who was Bangladesh’s first post-independence president and current prime minister Sheikh Hasina’s father. Morshed Hasan Khan, who teaches in the university’s marketing department, is accused of “distorting liberation war history” and defaming Sheikh Mujibur Rahman (pictured), who died in 1975, in an article for the Daily Naya Diganta. In the article, Professor Khan claimed that Ziaur Rahman, the founder of the Bangladesh Nationalist Party, had declared independence during the Liberation War. He also suggested that most of the leadership of Bangladesh’s ruling party the Awami League – including Sheikh Mujibur Rahman – fled the country when the war broke out in 1971.