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 […]
“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 […]
“This nation will remain the land of the free only so long as it is the home of the brave”, said Elmer Davis.
Her thought may have been directed to a land that is not ours but it is a perfect fit when days such as 26th of February comes to our door.
In Bangladesh, this is […]
Avijit Roy (1971-2015) 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 avocation, Avijit Roy was a leading Bangladeshi-American human rights activist, author and a pioneer in Bengali free-thought movement.
In his short […]
“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 […]
In February 2012 Chris Huhne the then energy secretary of the United Kingdom had to resign after learning he will be charged with perverting the course of justice over a 2003 speeding case despite claiming he was innocent.
The allegation was that nearly a decade ago between March and May 2003 he had committed a speeding […]