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The Slow Demise of Democracy?

“Patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel.” – Samuel Johnson
If it is introduced in the Parliament, the proposed legislation to ban criticism of the Liberation War, the martyrs, etc., will be yet another sign that democracy is marching towards slow death in Bangladesh. Both issues are of great emotional interest to most people in […]


I was selected for the volleyball and cricket teams of school when I was a student of eighth standard. Malik Sahab was our Games Teacher. He was commonly known as Malik Mia. Malik Sahab had no connection with game of any type in remotest way; but he was our Games Teacher. His only role, I […]

By |April 28th, 2014|bangalee freethinker, Bangladesh, Liberation war, Society|2 Comments

We demand proceedings be brought against the Pakistani War Criminals of 1971 immediately

Written by – Rayhan Rashid

It is time to start proceedings against the Pakistani War criminals as well. We, on behalf of ICSF, demand proceedings be brought against the Pakistani War Criminals of 1971 immediately. It will be an interesting test to observe how sincere this so-called ‘international community’ really is! Ironically, it is this very […]

By |December 16th, 2013|1971 genocide, Activism, Bangladesh, Liberation war|6 Comments

Passing of Mandela

Passing of Mandela
A Rahman

Nelson Mandela, the icon of freedom, forgiveness and reconciliation; one of the brightest stars of the 20th century’s humility and decency, had passed away peacefully at his home in Johannesburg, South Africa on Thursday, December 5 2013, aged 95. In breaking the news, South African President Jacob Zuma said, “We have lost […]

By |December 7th, 2013|Culture, Human Rights, Liberation war, Mukto-Mona, Philosophy, Politics|3 Comments

In Search of National Identity

Bangladesh, now just one month short of 42, has come a long way from the heady days of 1971 in trials and tribulations of nationhood. By any standards, this is a considerable period of time – long enough to establish its national identity, to position itself in the comity of nations and chart out its […]

By |November 18th, 2013|bangalee freethinker, Culture, Liberation war, Politics, Religion|5 Comments

Appeasing the Islamists – a Distressing Sign for Bangladesh

In a poor country called Bangladesh, recently there has been a surge in heated talk and violent lawlessness. The principal driving forces behind these are the Islamist political parties, including Jamaat-e-Islami, Hifazat-e-Islami and Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP).

What caused this discontent? It began with the ongoing trials of ten Islamists on charges of crimes against humanity […]

The Spirits of 1971 and 2013 (Part II)

This article attempts to relate the events of 1971 and 2013 in Bangladesh, and to see how they compare and what we could learn from them. For the first part of the article, please see

Again, the subjects are very broad, and my discussions would necessarily be brief on each topic. I would also try […]

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