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Occupied Mandirs Exhibit 12: Suhrawardy Udyan


The sky-kissing Ramna Kali Mandir was destroyed by the Pakistani army in 1971. After the victory in the Bangladesh Liberation War, Mujibur Rahman turned down the request of the Bengali Hindus to rebuild the Ramna Kali Mandir and instead took this opportunity to occupy the Ramna race course, which was once an adjacent part of the temple. A mausoleum was built for Suhrawardy, Fazlul Haq and Khwaja Nazimuddin, and the legal horse racing ground was changed to Suhrawardy Udyan. Suhrawardy was one of the masterminds behind the Great Calcutta Killings, starting with Direct Action Day, the week long violence that started on 16th August, 1946 is famously known as the “Week of the Long Knives”. 

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