Speak­ing ill of the dead?

THE (Times Higher Education) - - NEWS -

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.

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