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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|0 Comments

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 […]

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

We need to defend our freedom

“It criminalizes honest people — journalists, rights campaigners, social activists — just for delivering on their commitment to society. ”

 

If we have learned anything from the sufferings endured by journalists like Prabir Sikdar and Abdul Latif Moral under Section 57 of the ICT Act, we would certainly know that when a law is made, it […]

By |October 3rd, 2018|Activism, Human Rights, Politics, Society|0 Comments

Today is International Blasphemy Day

“What exactly is Blasphemy”

Accusations of blasphemy and brutality by religious zealots are a historical phenomenon. Religious fundamentalism always had a tendency of opposing different worldviews and responding with cruelty. History has marked many such events since the killing of the philosopher and scientist Hypatia by a Christian mob 1,700 years ago.

However, today’s usage of the […]

By |September 30th, 2018|Human Rights, Politics, Religion, Society|0 Comments

Price for freedom

Today is Avijit Roy’s 46th birthday.

This day, instead of celebration, has now become a reminder of challenges that are faced by secular humanist writers in today’s Bangladesh.

Until his last breath, Avijit, an engineer as well as a writer and a social activist, promoted human rights, rationality, and most importantly, dared to dream to transform a […]

By |September 12th, 2018|Human Rights, Mukto-Mona, 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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