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To kill a February dream

“We must not impose restrictions on knowledge in the name of religion”

 

John Milton in Areopagitica wrote, “Give me the liberty to know, to utter, and to argue freely according to conscience, above all liberties.”

His view is not solitary. In the world of literature, there are countless numbers of epigraphs- authors inscribing what they desire to […]

By |February 3rd, 2019|Bangladesh, Philosophy, Politics, Religion, Society|0 Comments

None above the law

In February 2012 Chris Huhne the then energy secretary of the United Kingdom had to resign after learning he will be charged with perverting the course of justice over a 2003 speeding case despite claiming he was innocent.

The allegation was that nearly a decade ago between March and May 2003 he had committed a speeding […]

By |January 10th, 2019|Activism, Bangladesh, Personality, Politics, Society|0 Comments

Sayed Ashradul Islam: A leader worth remembering

“Sayed Asharaf may have stopped the forces of communalism from taking over”
 

Awami League is a party of the mavericks. Yet, only a handful of them despite not becoming the party chief or head of the government have earned the status of the party legends.

Among these chosen few are Sayed Nazrul Islam, Tajuddin Ahmed, Captain Mansur […]

Dear Mr. President, trolling women is not funny

A man’s endurance of struggles to bring happiness for the family and his joyful acceptance of it has been elucidated by Anuradha Padwal and Amit kumar in the famous Bengali love song “Tumi amay korte sukhi jibone” (https://tinyurl.com/y9uu3q5k).

Had Anuradha listened to a few of the latest jokes of our current president and former speaker Abdul Hamid, she might, perhaps, have perceived a different view. Or, […]

By |October 18th, 2018|Bangladesh, Human Rights, Politics, Society|0 Comments

In a world of ideas

“The 2,400-year-old fight for free speech”

The man who stood for freedom.” That’s how Chinese artist Ai Weiwei has been branded by the world of academia.

But what, precisely, is this freedom that puts Ai Weiwei at the centre of attention of scholars from across the world?

The ancient root of this struggle can be traced back to […]

Justice for our brave little heroes

Parents and guardians from all across the nation pressed concerns as yet another brutal assault has been carried out by BCL men. This time on school students.

But a reasonable response from Awami League or BCL is something we are yet to witness.

If you put aside your partisan identity for a minute and retain the moral […]

By |August 6th, 2018|Activism, Bangladesh, Human Rights, Politics, Society|0 Comments

Shahjahan Bachchu: A martyr of free thoughts

“in recent years no other country of the world has recorded more hostility towards intellect than Bangladesh, not even Pakistan or Iran.” 

In a bid to silence the critical voices of the country, yet another name has been added to our very own ever-growing list of Martyrs of free thoughts.

The tragic murder of poet and publisher […]

By |June 12th, 2018|bangalee freethinker, Bangladesh, Mukto-Mona, Society|0 Comments
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