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Keynote at 2017 Secular Conference 2017: Freedom of Expression and Conscience

The notion of freedom changes with time and space. At this moment, our species is standing at a crossroad of history, where individual liberty, freedom of expression, conscience, and belief have become a very important part of our existence. We are demanding equal rights regardless of sex, gender, class, race – you name it. We, […]

Langadu- a national shame for Bangladesh

Peace is still a far cry in the hill tracts

The gruesome images of the indigenous people of Langadu upazila, Rangamati fleeing home, carrying whatever belongings they could save, shows that if you happen to be a member of the indigenous community, calling Bangladesh home, your life has not changed even in the slightest since the […]

Bangladesh Must Stop its Descent into ISIS Hell!

Early steps towards a theocracy: Changes in the Constitution of Bangladesh

1972 Constitution
Preamble – Pledging that the high ideals of nationalism, socialism, democracy and secularism, which inspired our heroic people to dedicate themselves to, and our brave martyrs to sacrifice their lives in, the national liberation struggle, shall be the fundamental principles of the Constitution-
Article […]

Mashal Khan’s Murderers Must be Brought to Justice and Anti-Blasphemy Laws Must be Abolished

Mukto-Mona is saddened to learn that Mashal Khan, a twenty-three years old student was shot and brutally beaten to death by a mob that included fellow students on April 13, 2017. He was accused of blasphemy. Mashal, who called himself “The Humanist” on Facebook, was a student at Abdul Wali Khan University in […]

Group of Bangladeshi Teens on a Mission: Stopping Child Marriage

By Adeeb Chowdhury

The path to gender equality in Bangladesh is a long, winding, and difficult path. It is a path marred by anti-equality laws and scarred by traditional family roles, especially in rural areas. These “traditional” roles are the toxins poisoning the bloodstream of the feminist movement across the nation—these roles are what is handicapping […]

How Bangabandhu’s Declaration Came About: A Historical Analysis

By Shazzad Khan

Exactly 46 years ago on this day the 26th March 1971 Bangladesh became independent. Even a day ago on 25th March 1971 Bangladesh was called East Pakistan. But with some mesmerising words articulated spontaneously and categorically by a towering personality we achieved a country wherein we hover like free-birds. However, it is a […]

An Occidental Islam: Between Culturalist and Reformist Expediencies

In the west, the discourse on Islam has been greatly shaped by contentious debates on the role of the state. The germination of radical ideas among the European-Muslim millennials and recent terrorist attacks across Europe has bolstered the edifice of the populist right-wing ideas, and there is a rising trend in the popularity of the […]

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