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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 […]

Fourth anniversary of the assassination of Avijit Roy

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 […]

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

None above the law

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 […]

By |January 10th, 2019|Activism, Bangladesh, Personality, Politics, Society|0 Comments

Sayed Ashradul Islam: A leader worth remembering

“Sayed Asharaf may have stopped the forces of communalism from taking over”
 

Awami League is a party of the mavericks. Yet, only a handful of them despite not becoming the party chief or head of the government have earned the status of the party legends.

Among these chosen few are Sayed Nazrul Islam, Tajuddin Ahmed, Captain Mansur […]

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

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 […]

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