Monthly Archives: March 2013

Shahbag Beyond Boundaries

SHAHBAG BEYOND BOUNDARIES Development professional and social activist Aziza Ahmed shares her experience of presenting the role of the social media in organising the Shahbag movement in India Today’s conclave 2013 — “Reinventing Democracy”. TAMANNA KHAN These are not secret … Continue reading

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SCRUTINISING SHAHBAGH: from a place to a passion

SCRUTINISING SHAHBAGH: from a place to a passion BY MANNAN MASHHUR ZARIF, MEHEREEN AZIZ AND OSAMA RAHMAN “Shahbagh” — one word that has come to mean so many things. Starting out as a platform where young people gathered to demand … Continue reading

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Bangladesh: A story of hope and success

BANGLADESH: A STORY OF HOPE AND SUCCESS – RAKIBUL HASAN – What’s the first thing that comes to your mind when you hear the word Bangladesh? Maybe it’s the liberation war, Royal Bengal tiger, and the national cricket team or … Continue reading

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Last Words Before Independence

LAST WORDS BEFORE INDEPENDENCE Shahabuddin Ahmed’s painting of Bangabandhu. “If they (Pakistan Army) think they can suppress people’s struggle by bullet and force, they simply live in a fool’s paradise. No power on earth can suppress the people when they are … Continue reading

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Speed up war trial

SPEED UP WAR TRIAL Call in the air as nation celebrates Independence Day STAFF CORRESPONDENT The nation paid rich tribute to the heroic freedom fighters of 1971 on Independence Day yesterday, voicing its demand for quick trial of war criminals … Continue reading

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Let ‘Joi Bangla’ sound once more

LET ‘JOI BANGLA’ SOUND ONCE MORE – SYED BADRUL AHSAN – These are thoughts that well up from somewhere deep in my soul. They rise, they gather in the core of the heart in me, to remind me that there … Continue reading

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Why put blame on the media?

WHY PUT BLAME ON THE MEDIA? What Khaleda Zia said is on TV footage and audio recording It has been fixed in the minds of senior political party men that their leaders can say nothing wrong, they’re infallible. They forget … Continue reading

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Begum Zia, the army, the country

BEGUM ZIA, THE ARMY, THE COUNTRY  SYED BADRUL AHSAN You cannot quite decide whether to be shocked or bemused or intrigued when Begum Khaleda Zia tells the country that the army is there to sort out the present elected government. … Continue reading

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The day to remember

THE DAY TO REMEMBER Revive its glorious spirit THERE are a few days in a nation’s life that are etched permanently in its history, never to be diminished much less forgotten. 26 of March is such a day, and it … Continue reading

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The Economist does it again

THE ECONOMIST DOES IT AGAIN  MOZAMMEL H. KHAN The Economist has come up, again, with a second piece on Bangladesh in as many weeks. This one, like most of the past ones, is devoted to a critical analysis of the ongoing … Continue reading

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Faith and politics

– FAITH AND POLITICS – MUHAMMAD NURUL HUDA CONCE-RNED citizens have good reasons to suspect that following the verdict of the trial of politically consequential persons for crimes against humanity during Bangladesh’s Liberation War of 1971, issues and beliefs relating … Continue reading

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Bangalee nationalism and liberation struggle in world history

BANGALEE NATIONALISM AND LIBERATION STRUGGLE IN WORLD HISTORY SUPAD KUMAR GHOSE BENEDICT Anderson, the author ofImagined Communities: Reflections on the Origin and Spread of Nationalismtraces the origins of the rise of national consciousness to the modern-industrial age of the Enlightenment … Continue reading

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In defence of Bangladesh independence history

IN DEFENCE OF BANGLADESH INDEPENDENCE HISTORY DR. RASHID ASKARI Bangladesh was not born with a silver spoon in her mouth. She was born of a nine-month long bloody battle, a concrete and substantive armed combat with the occupation forces of … Continue reading

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Realising the dream

– REALISING THE DREAM – Despite crippling politics, Bangladesh continues to make progress It is one of the paradoxes confounding experts in the field of development, reducing them to fluff answers without any basis in research. Bangladesh, desperately poor for … Continue reading

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Bangabandhu on Secular Bangladesh and 1972 constitution .

BANGABANDHU ON SECULAR BANGLADESH Explaining in 1972 the rationale for adopting secularism as one of the fundamental principles of the state, the founding father of Bangladesh Sheikh Mujibur Rahman unequivocally said……. “Secularism doesn’t mean faithlessness, much less atheism. It is … Continue reading

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Playing ball with the Jamaat

– PLAYING BALL WITH THE JAMAAT – The Jamaat’s worldview is antithetical to the kind of nation Bangladeshis have repeatedly wanted to build I write this column with some regret. As a college student, among the bylines I grew up … Continue reading

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Placing Plassey in the present

PLACING PLASSEY IN THE PRESENT – MOHAMMAD BADRUL AHSAN – In 2007, Nick Robins wrote a book named The Corporation That Changed the World. Amongst other things he looked into the plundering of Bengal that started after the Battle of Plassey … Continue reading

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Terrorism and violence in Bangladesh

TERRORISM AND VIOLENCE IN BANGLADESH HABIBUL HAQUE KHONDKER When the young people demanding more appropriate punishment for the war criminals launched a movement at Shahbagh chattar (square) some compared it to the Tahrir Square of Cairo. The events of Dhaka … Continue reading

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BANGABONDHU’S UNFULFILLED DREAM …

– BANGABONDHU’S UNFULFILLED DREAM – IS STILL ANATHEMA TO PRO-PAKISTANI ELEMENT IN BANGLADESH – SHABBIR AHMED – The students of history of South Asia know it too well that the partition of India into two nations did not bode well … Continue reading

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Kerbside History: The world mustn’t misinterpret a country’s fight for its syncretic soul

KERBSIDE HISTORY: THE WORLD MUSTN’T MISINTERPRET A COUNTRY’S FIGHT FOR ITS SYNCRETIC SOUL  – NAZES AFROZ –  SEVERAL MISCONCEPTIONS are afloat around the war crimes trials in Bangladesh, as well as the Shahbag Square protests, that are putting pressure on the government to take concrete … Continue reading

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