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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

We need to defend our freedom

“It criminalizes honest people — journalists, rights campaigners, social activists — just for delivering on their commitment to society. ”

 

If we have learned anything from the sufferings endured by journalists like Prabir Sikdar and Abdul Latif Moral under Section 57 of the ICT Act, we would certainly know that when a law is made, it […]

By |October 3rd, 2018|Activism, Human Rights, Politics, Society|0 Comments

Today is International Blasphemy Day

“What exactly is Blasphemy”

Accusations of blasphemy and brutality by religious zealots are a historical phenomenon. Religious fundamentalism always had a tendency of opposing different worldviews and responding with cruelty. History has marked many such events since the killing of the philosopher and scientist Hypatia by a Christian mob 1,700 years ago.

However, today’s usage of the […]

By |September 30th, 2018|Human Rights, Politics, Religion, Society|0 Comments

The God

Bonoful

Translated by Mehedi Hassan

The tiger infested public places. People became restless. The cow, the calve and even men were being killed by the tiger. Then, one day, everyone got out of their house, gathered together and killed a tiger with sticks, spears, lances, and guns. One tiger died but came another. At last, people prayed […]

By |September 22nd, 2018|Literature, Religion, Society|0 Comments

Price for freedom

Today is Avijit Roy’s 46th birthday.

This day, instead of celebration, has now become a reminder of challenges that are faced by secular humanist writers in today’s Bangladesh.

Until his last breath, Avijit, an engineer as well as a writer and a social activist, promoted human rights, rationality, and most importantly, dared to dream to transform a […]

By |September 12th, 2018|Human Rights, Mukto-Mona, 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
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