Surge of hope

Print edition : March 22, 2013

The Maha Samabesh on February 21 in Dhaka. Photo: Pavel Rahman/AP

Protesters release balloons with letters addressed to the martyrs of the 1971 war, on February 18. Photo: Pavel Rahman/AP

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. Her Cabinet approved an amendment that will enable the government to appeal against the sentence on Jammat-e-Islami leader Abdul Quadar Mollah. Photo: V.V. Krishnan

Jammat-e-Islami members at a rally in protest against the Shahbagh demonstrations, in Dhaka on February 12. Photo: ANDREW BIRAJ/REUTERS

Shaheed Minar on International Mother Language Day, observed in memory of the 1952 language martyrs. Photo: Pavel Rahman/AP

Jamaat-e-Islami leader Abdul Quader Mollah on February 5, after the International Crimes Tribunal sentenced him to life imprisonment. Photo: REUTERS

Women turning out in large number is one of the things that made the recent protests remarkable. Photo: Pavel Rahman/AP

Ahmed Rajib Haider. The young blogger was found murdered outside his home in Dhaka on February 15.

A mass uprising in Dhaka sees the young generation swearing by a democratic society where religion is a private pursuit.
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