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World famous personalities stood by Bangladesh in 1971

By Asraful Huq ---

DHAKA, March 13, 2015 (BSS)- Many world famous musicians,
poets, writers, novelists, journalists, human rights activists,
politicians as well as progressive thinkers came forward and
threw their might to the cause of Bangladesh during the War of
Liberation in 1971.

The '1971 Concert for Bangladesh' organized by George
Harrison, an English musician, singer and lyricist with Ravi
Shankar and poet Allen Ginsberg will also be remembered by the
Bengalees for drawing world's attention to the untold sufferings
of the victims during the War of Liberation.

Ginsberg wrote his legendary 152-line poem, "September on
Jessore Road", after visiting refugee camps and witnessing the
plight of millions fleeing the violence perpetrated by the
occupation Pakistani forces. Hundreds of other people held
rallies and processions supporting the war and collected
donations for the 1971 victims.

Immediately after the nine-month war that began on March,
1971, thousands of people of different countries lent support to
the Bangladesh Liberation War.

Like thousands of people across the globe, Papua New Guinea
supported the Liberation War of 1971 against Pakistani occupation
forces by publishing a collection of poems favoring the war
titled, "To Each My Blood and Other Hymns."

Many people even could not believe that Papua New Guinea, a
country in Oceania published a collection of poems titled, "To
Each My Blood and Other Hymns" to attract world attention in
favour of Bangladesh during the Liberation War of 1971. It was
published from Port Moresby, the capital of Papua New Guinea in
1971 and was edited by Prithwindra Chakroborti.

There were 16 poems written by 15 poets in the collection of
poems. Prithwindra Chakroborti and Ulli Beier translated the
Bangla poems into English. The poets whose poems were published
in the collection were: Jasimuddin, Subhash Mukhopadhyay, Al
Mahmud, Abdul Gani Hazari, Anisuzzaman, Asad Chowdhury, Ram Basu,
Hasan Hafizur Rahman, Siddheshwar Sen, Ahsan Habib, Tushar
Moulik, Shamsur Rahman, Kaisul Haque, Sanat Bandyopadhya and
Alwal Joy. Ahsan Habib was the only poet whose two poems were
published in the collection.

The book was dedicated to martyrs of Language Movement of
1952 and freedom fighters of Liberation War in 1971. The poem of
Alwal Joy was the largest one in the collection and it covered
five pages. He (Joy) is not familiar as a poet. The last line of
his poem was "Joy Bangla for each drop of blood."

Few lines of Sanat Bandyopadhya's poem titled Bangladesh
were: "I cannot leave you, even if I want to. Cannot efface your
memory, Engraved in me even if I want to. When I leave you. You
follow me like the fairy girl. Winds of gold and silver in the
hands, you reach me quietly, my Bangladesh."

Noted historian Professor Dr Muntassir Mamoon in an article
"Papua New Guinea Thekeo Bangladesher Kabita Sangkolon Ber Hoi"
(Collection of poems of Bangladesh even published in Papua New
Guinea) in his edited book "Muktijuddher Chhinna Dalilpatra" gave
a description about it.