In 1971, following the crackdown on 25 March, many young men joined the liberation struggle. Jahanara Imam's son, Rumi, also became a mukti joddha. As a mother, Jahanara Imam felt anxious about her son. During the nine months of the war, she wrote a diary, detailing events as well as her own feelings about the war. Rumi did not return from the war. Her husband was picked up for questioning by the Pakistani army, but returned only to die shortly afterwards. Rumi's friends who returned alive from the war honoured Jahanara Imam as the mother of a martyred freedom fighter, calling her 'Shaheed Janani'. In 1986, Jahanara Imam published her diary as Ekattarer Dinguli (The days of seventy-one). The detailed account of the war and the personal tragedy she had suffered immediately made Jahanara Imam famous.