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Justicia has fallen- What’s next?

If anyone wonders, despite recent drastic actions against Islamic militancy, why Bangladesh has been ineffective in curbing Islamic extremism- the removal, or because of it’s symbolic significance some may rightfully argue destruction, of Justicia’s sculpture from the High Court will certainly provide an objective answer.

In the name of demanding that the sculpture to be removed […]

It is in outrage….

1. It is in outrage, deep frustration and on the verge of losing it I note the capitulation of the political leadership of Bangladesh to the ignorant, obscurantist, reactionary cabal of so called Islamic leaders, who are actually corrupt, immoral, deviant political hucksters.
2. To a large extent, it is also the fault of the […]

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 […]

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 […]

Remembering the life and legacy of Avijit Roy

A software engineer by profession and a writer by passion Avijit Roy(1972-2015) was a leading Bangladeshi-American human rights activist, author and a pioneer in Bengali free-thought movement. In 2001, Avijit launched a virtual discussion group of freethinkers of mainly Bengali and South Asian descent. This small discussion group would eventually lead to the inception of […]

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 […]

Women’s rights is not a pity party

Just a day after being inaugurated as the 45th president of the United States, Donald J Trump and his band of right-wing fascists were fearsomely warned by millions of women from all across the globe that misogyny is not an accepted norm, and any attempt of further degradation of women would be challenged vigorously.

The march […]

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