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Avijit Roy: The Gadfly voice of reason

Avijit Roy(1972-2015) was a voice of reason in an age when people boast of their ignorance and lies are claimed as alternatives to universal truths. A software engineer by profession and a writer by passion Avijit Roy was a leading Bangladeshi-American human rights activist, author and a pioneer in Bengali free-thought movement.

The country of […]

Remembering Abdul Jabbar

The legendary singer of patriotic songs during the liberation struggle of Bangladesh in 1971, Muhammed Abdul Jabbar, has died in a hospital in Dhaka this morning (August 30), Bangladesh time. He has left behind millions of fans who were immensely inspired by his songs during the movement for fairness for the province of East Bengal […]

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 […]

Avijit Roy’s Dying Dream

By Adeeb Chowdhury

Two years ago today, radical assailants ambushed a man and his wife returning from a book fair, launching a brief yet bloody attack that left a mutilated corpse in its wake. Machetes and meat cleavers had flown through the air, seeking the life of a man who had dared to disbelieve. The […]

The martyrs of freedom of thought

Avijit Roy had great admiration for Charvaka- one of the greatest philosophies  born in our part of the world, which from the ancient times had challenged the divinity of the Vedas, dared to call the holly books man-made, and for that Charvaka practitioners were persecuted.

Charvaka was not the only victim of blind faith, neither the […]

The Predecessors of ISIS: A History

With the advent of ISIS, the world is witnessing one of the most brutal carnage in recent history. This latest branch of Salafism has turned a dystopian fantasy into reality. Nevertheless, the so-called Islamic state is not the first fringe Islamic group that seeks to allure the Muslim mindset with their prophecy claims and bring […]

Bonya Receives Freedom From Religion Foundation’s ‘Forward’ Award 2016

Thanks to Freedom from Religion Foundation for the Forward Award. Thanks for being a partner at this critical time, helping the freethinkers in Bangladesh from half the world away. Let me introduce myself first and then I will come to the situation in Bangladesh.

I am Rafida Bonya Ahmed, I normally write with my middle name […]

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