Dr. Nuran Nabi, a Freedom Fighter
Dr. Nuran Nabi was a dedicated activist of the Bangladesh Liberation Movement. As a student Activist of Dhaka University and member of the Student League, he participated in: the movement for the Awami League’s six point charter during1966-1967; Anti-Agartala Conspiracy Case in 1968; student body’s eleven point charter; and the people’s uprising in 1969. Dr. Nabi also campaigned for Awami League in the 1970 general election. He was also a diehard activist of the non-cooperation movement led by Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
Dr. Nabi had also participated in the Bangladesh liberation war of 1971. Arguably, he faced the first bullets of the Pakistani genocide on March 26th in Dhaka City while erecting a barricade near the Dhaka University campus against the Pakistani military. After the Pakistan Military’s massacre in Dhaka City on March 26th, Dr. Nabi escaped from Dhaka City and went to his home in Tangail District, and organized a freedom fighters group (Mukti Bahini) to fight the Pakistani occupation forces.
Later he joined Kader Siddiqui’s Mukti Bahini group. He was a trusted comrade of Kader Siddiqui. Dr. Nabi risked his life several times to visit India and brought arms and ammunition for Tangail Mukti Bahini. He also had several meetings with Indian Army Generals and Mukti Bahini officers regarding liberation war strategies. Dr. Nabi was instrumental in the orchestrating the landing of Indian paratroopers mission in Tangail on December 11, 1971.
Dr. Nabi was awarded a special citation by the Commander in Chief of the Bangladesh Liberation Army for his valor and outstanding contribution to the Bangladesh Liberation War. Additionally, the Far Eastern Economic Review, May 6th, 1972 issue, referred to Dr. Nabi as ”the Brain” of the Tangail Freedom Fighters Forces. These forces organized themselves within the country and fought against the Pakistani forces in the district of Tangail situated only sixty miles away from Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh and the headquarters of Pakistani forces.
Dr. Nabi has written two books – “ Janmechi E Banglay” and “Amar Ekattur Amar Judha” on Bangladesh liberation movement and Bangladesh liberation war, respectively. The English translation of “ Janmechi E Banglay” is already published as “Born In Bengal”, and the translation of “Amar Ekattur Amar Judha” is in the process of publication as “Bullets of ’71, A Freedom Fighter’s Story”.
Dr. Nabi has been speaking in various forums in the USA and Bangladesh to make awareness about the Bangladesh genocide 1971 and asking the trial of war criminals.