The Gueriflas of Dhaka 1971 is a valuable document of the War of Liberation. Having been a locally trained Freedom Fighter myself, I have found almost all the accounts of the war that I have read, to be exaggerated and vainglorious. Col (Retd) Towficur Rahman’s narrative is indeed a refreshing reminder that not all our deeds were glorious, and that war is also an excruciating and gruesome business. He brings in meticulous details of each operation, and depicts the courage of the young men who joined the war with accuracy, respect and passion. Reading it has been a painful pleasure, not only because the narrative holds breathtaking interest, but also because it revives memories of the war with vividness and rekindles respect for forgotten heroes such as Manik Bhai and Captain Haider. Most importantly, it reawakens love and respect for the Liberation War, which, unfortunately, has been reduced to politicians’ harangue and pseudo-Freedom Fighters’ profit-mongering enterprise. It is a must read for both the generation of 1971 as well as the post-71 generation.
Col Towficur Rahman (Retd) was born on January 28, 1956. He Joined the War of Liberation at the age of 15 and was trained at Melaghar Guerilla Training Centre, Tripura, India. In 1971 he actively took part in the war with 4 East Bengal in Mondobag, Kashba and later on as a trained Guerilla he participated in unconventional warfare in and around Dhaka. He was a student of Shaheen School and Notre Dame College of Dhaka and later joined the Department of Public Administration of the University of Dhaka. While in his 2nd year at the university in 1976, he joined the Bangladesh Army. He retired as a Colonel from the Bangladesh Army in 2001. Since then he is in the corporate world and presently working as Chief Business Development Officer of a Multi National Company. Col Rahman married Dina Towfic on 26th February 1982, and is blessed with three daughters, Ishika Zonina Towfic, Raisa Adiba Towfic and Tasnuva Ummida Towfic.
About the Book
|Publication Date||Dec 1, 2016|
|Author(s)||Col Towficur Rahman (Retd)|
|Translator(s)||Col Towficur Rahman (Retd)|
|Subject||Liberation War / Guerilla War / Bangladesh / History|
|Number of Pages||204|