The girl of easy virtue of our village

One day in the evening, I was wandering with some of my friends along the earthen road beside the narrow river flowing near our overpopulated village. Suddenly, we heard a riotous noise coming from another part of our village. No sooner heard the noise, we rushed to the place. After we had reached there, we […]

By |November 19th, 2014|Liberation war, Literature, Women|4 Comments

Happy Ada Lovelace Day!

Today (September 14) is Ada Lovelace Day. Did we know that?

This day is tied with Ada Byron who has been recognized as the ‘first computer programmer’ (though it is still subject to debate).

Well…this post is not only about Ada. We know the names of Hypatia, Madame Curie, Rosalind Franklin, Lise Meitner, Rachel Carson, Barbara McClintock, […]

The Aberration of Veiling Women

Recently there were two op-ed articles in the Bangladesh-based internet daily, bdnews24.com, on the issue of veiling women. Bangladesh is a Muslim-majority country, and veiling of Muslim women is a serious topic there, with increasing number of women there using veils.

The first one was posted on July 31, 2014. The author, A. Rahman, is a […]


My feudal lord:

The book ‘My Feudal Lord’, – written by Tehmina Durrani of Pakistan (first published in 1991) qualified to be her autobiography. Though quarter of a century old, the book is still relevant in today’s Pakistan. It covered mainly the turbulent period of her second married life spanning about 15 years (from mid seventies […]

By |June 11th, 2014|bangalee freethinker, Culture, Religion, Society, Women|4 Comments


Suzanna Arundhati Roy (writer of “The God of Small Things” which was published in 1997) labels India as a “Hindu Corporate State”. She criticizes Modi and RSS whenever she gets a chance. She markets ‘Babri Mosque’ and ‘Gujarat riot’ as symbols of her secular intellectuality. She bypasses ‘Godhara incident’ with great vagueness; but speaks about […]

Passing away of Suchitra Sen

Suchitra Sen, the brightest icon and the ‘queen of hearts’ of Bengali films, sadly passed away on Friday, 17 January 2014, aged 82 in Kolkata, India. She succumbed to the respiratory malfunction and breathed her last at 8:25am this morning. She was born as Rama Desgupta in Pabna, Bangladesh on 6 April 1931. She left […]

By |January 17th, 2014|bangalee freethinker, Culture, Human Rights, India, Women|2 Comments

One Percent of the Price of a Shirt: May Day gift to Bangladeshi Garment Workers!

Horrible and deplorable social and working conditions are the reasons for the continuous tragedies of garment workers. Their less than subsistence level wage-rate is a revealing indicator of the bigger problem, often overlooked. The problem, absence of social justice, must be understood in the context of the sociopolitical condition in which they live. […]

By |May 1st, 2013|Bangladesh, Human Rights, Politics, Society, Women|4 Comments
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