Multi-discourse of history at youth’s fingertips
“Mono-discourse of history distorts facts. Thereby, we have Indian narrative, Pakistan narrative, and Bangladeshi narrative, of the Liberation War of Bangladesh in our e-archive,” says Sabbir Hossain, Founder Director, Muktijuddho e-archive.
Muktijuddho e-archive is an enthusiastic attempt to assemble books, films, documentaries, gadgets, reports and any other written, audio or visual document which is about our country's glorious Liberation War with an aim to spread the history of our glorious past to our youth and to the world. All these treasured documents have been brought under one roof under a digital library or an e-archive.
The archive team is comprised of a team --- Shanta Anowar, Sabbir Hossain, M I Khan, S A Khan and Dewan Mahmud.
One of Muktijuddho e-archive's aims is further prevent the distortion of our history. Shanta Anowar, Chairman of Muktijuddho e-archive, said: "Our team toils tirelessly to deliver accurate facts and documents about our Liberation War, 1971's Genocide, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and the history of our nation."
The seed for Muktijuddho e-archive was sown back in 2007 under the name 'Bangladesh Muktijuddho Pathagar O Gobeshona Kendro' (Bangladesh Liberation War Library and Research Centre). The team started collecting documents and data the same year. Later in May 4, 2014 they registered under the name 'Muktijuddho e-archive'. At an initial stage the team also ran several pilot programmes for the initiative. After a prolonged period of two and a half years, Muktijuddho e-archive inaugurated their initiative on November 14, 2016.
With an aim to spread the history of our glorious past to our Bangladeshi youth and the world, Muktijuddho e-archive has collected accurate wartime documents from several authentic and veridical national and international journals. They have assembled all these documents within a digital library. Therefore, if any history enthusiast or any young person out of curiosity would want to know more about our nation, they will have every resource within one website.
They have extremely raw and rare footages and photographs from the Liberation War. Many foreign research centres are now using their vast collection of wartime documents for their research purposes.
Apart from a public digital e-library, Muktijuddho E-archive has plenty of other patriotic initiatives. These are: Muktijuddhi Pathshala, Muktijuddho Research and Publishing Centre and so on.
Muktijuddho e-archive has a collection of four-thousand e-books, published stories of our Liberation War, wartime gadgets, articles from several renowned national and international magazines and journals and many more documents. These documents will enlighten our youth with an accurate and proper history of our nation and they will be able to connect with stories of our nation's strive during 1971.
The library being on the internet, is also valuable to our Bangladesh people who live abroad in a foreign land to know about and connect with their roots.
Shanta Anowar further said: "Our website is absolutely free! And anybody can access these valuable documents." After the Shahbagh protest in 2013, they bought the domain http://www.liberationwarbangladesh.org that anyone can easily explore without paying money.
It will not be wrong to term Muktijuddho e-archive as one of the best social initiatives for the youth in our recent years. The only way to save our nation's history from distortion is to document the real stories.