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Truth or Dare

“So, how many boyfriends did you have before?”

I stared at my friend for a moment; then regretted playing truth or dare. I didn’t know why we had to play this game every time we have a party. I decided to be honest.

“I have had three relationships before.”

Is that truth? Yes. Is that […]

By |December 27th, 2014|Human Rights|0 Comments

Judgments We Make

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I’m a lesbian.

Yeah I know what you are thinking. Some of you are thinking “Okay, that’s cool!” while many of you are not thinking along those lines. But before I go further, let me tell you me being a lesbian is not cool. You don’t say someone is cool because of their sexuality. That’s just […]

By |October 5th, 2014|Mukto-Mona|20 Comments

One Percent of the Price of a Shirt: May Day gift to Bangladeshi Garment Workers!

Horrible and deplorable social and working conditions are the reasons for the continuous tragedies of garment workers. Their less than subsistence level wage-rate is a revealing indicator of the bigger problem, often overlooked. The problem, absence of social justice, must be understood in the context of the sociopolitical condition in which they live. […]

By |May 1st, 2013|Bangladesh, Human Rights, Politics, Society, Women|4 Comments

Thank You for Discriminating

This write-up was posted previously in my own blog. This was actually my very first blog. However, it is technically my second post in this site. The previous was “Closet Case: An Experience of Coming Out of a Bangladeshi Girl”  posted in Mukto-Mona last December.

Have you ever had the feeling that you have so […]

By |April 28th, 2013|Human Rights, Society|2 Comments

Blasphemy and the right to offend

The right to express one’s opinion freely is maybe the most important democratic right, and it is currently under assault in Bangladesh. Hifazat-e-Islam demands the introduction of strict blasphemy laws, and the government, instead of defending freedom, resorts to an ill-advised and imprudent appeasement strategy that hinders the press in its duty to inform the public, threatens the futures of young bloggers who were, and continue to be, arrested, and puts in peril the future of the democracy of the country. […]

Bangladesh’s invisible minority

Babu and Arif have been friends from childhood. They went to school together, played on the same cricket team and had no secrets – except one, but only until recently. While they were out having phuchkas at a street stand somewhere in Dhaka, Arif suddenly slipped into an awkward silence for a couple of seconds.

“Babu, shon, toke amarkichubolar ache… Listen, I want to tell you something…”

“What is it, dosto?”

“I haven’t been fully honest with you… Remember when I told you that I really like that girl? That wasn’t quite true. It’s actually her brother I like. I am gay.”
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By |January 15th, 2013|Activism, Bangladesh, Culture, Human Rights, Politics, Religion, Society|3 Comments

Internet freedom under attack in Bangladesh

The 14-minute trailer of the movie titled “Innocence of Muslims,” a movie that may or may not exist, is poorly made and outright stupid. Anyone of even modest intelligence, Muslim or not, will find it painful to watch. The trailer, produced by Egyptian-born U.S. resident Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, was initially uploaded to YouTube in July […]

By |December 3rd, 2012|Activism, Bangladesh, Human Rights, Politics|3 Comments
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