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When prayers can kill

”How reckless a government has to become to leave one of the most important decisions of one of the most severe public health crisis humanity is ever to encounter in the mercy of the Islamist zealots who have no ties with science, public health or medicine?.”

‘’At one point it comes down to a simple concept, […]

By |April 6th, 2020|Bangladesh, Human Rights, Politics, Religion, Society|1 Comment

India’s Humane Law – Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA), 2019

India has recently amended its Citizenship Act of 1955 to include clauses whereby Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Parsis and Christians from Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan, who entered India illegally on or before the 31st of December, 2014, will not be treated as illegal immigrants; and they will be entitled to be citizens of India.

This act […]

Save tribal homes from corporate greed

In the late 70s when the Bengali hordes set feet on the hill, they saw themselves as the conquistadors, conquering both the land and the people who lived there for the newly formed nation. In many respects, they didn’t even discriminate between land and home. Everything was obtainable.

The Constitution of Bangladesh commands in Article 23A, […]

By |August 10th, 2019|Human Rights, Politics, Society|2 Comments

Is Michael Chakma still alive? We need an answer

In a functional democracy, where basic human rights such as holding a political opinion were more than just lip service, the disappearance of a frontline defender of the ethnic people of the Hill would have generated a political shock wave, drastic action, and even solidarity.

But in Bangladesh, after months of the incident, all we have […]

By |June 27th, 2019|Activism, Bangladesh, Human Rights, Politics, Society|2 Comments

The Bangladeshi Intellectual’s Love Affair with Arundhati Roy

By Syed M. F.

Famed Indian author Arundhati Roy had recently made her way to Dhaka and for someone who does not ardently follow her every footstep, this event would not have bothered me if not for the furor over the cancellation of one of her speaking events. I will, however, not spend the limited space […]

Can we speak, Sir?

“What does the Arundhati Roy imbroglio say about our democratic freedoms?”

I’m sure, you all are familiar with the Bengali proverb: “A donkey always makes the water dirty before drinking.”

If you have ever wondered what that actually means, look no further than the Arundhati Roy affair.

Arundhati Roy, who became, much to her chagrin, a human weathervane […]

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
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