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Valentine day Bangladesh, 1983 A well-known lover is still alive and well and leads a political party in Bangladesh. Probably he is exchanging flowers with some estranged women even today. On this date in 1983, Lt. General Husain Muhammed Ershad didn’t blink once in the shooting of protesters who were demanding democracy for Bangladesh. It […]

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Democracy redemption day – 14 February (1983), Gonotontro Punoruddhar-er Andolon Birth of the revolution MH Kawsar looks back at February 14, 1983 and what the day had wrought for the regime of a dictator. Every year, on February 14, the youth of Bangladesh ceremoniously celebrate the Valentines’ Day. Sale of cards and gift adorned with […]

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নজিদ অর্ণব | ১৯:১৯:০০ মিনিট, ডিসেম্বর ০৯, ২০১৬ গল্পটা এক বিবেকহীন দুর্বৃত্তের, সতেরো শতকের শুরুর দিকে তিনি বাংলায় বাস করতেন। একসময় ছিলেন লবণ ব্যবসায়ী, পরবর্তীতে স্বঘোষিত হার্মাদ রাজা, তিনি সেবাস্তিয়াও গনজালেস তিবাউ। তিবাউয়ের গল্প শুধু তার একার নয়, বরং একদল অদ্ভুত অভিবাসীর, যারা কালের পরিক্রমায় দেশী হয়ে যেতে চেয়েছিল। যদিও তারা ফিরিঙ্গি নামেই পরিচিত। এ […]

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শারমিন আহমদ মুক্তাঞ্চল পরিদর্শন করছেন মুজিবনগর সরকারের প্রধানমন্ত্রী তাজউদ্দীন আহমদ, ১৯৭১। ছবি: সংগৃহীত১৯৭১ সালের নয়টি মাস বাংলাদেশের স্বাধীনতাযুদ্ধের গৌরবোজ্জ্বল অধ্যায়। বাংলাদেশের ২৪ বছরের স্বাধিকার আন্দোলন ও সংগ্রাম রূপান্তরিত হয় স্বাধীনতার যুদ্ধে। ওই নয়টি মাসের রক্তক্ষয়ী মুক্তিযুদ্ধের হাল ধরে যিনি তাঁর প্রিয় মাতৃভূমিকে বিজয়ের দুয়ারে পৌঁছে দিয়েছিলেন, তিনি তাজউদ্দীন আহমদ—বাংলাদেশের প্রথম প্রধানমন্ত্রী ও স্বাধীনতাযুদ্ধের অবিস্মরণীয় অধ্যায়ের […]

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By RSIS December 9, 2016 The Prophet Muhammad had prophesied the coming of extremism. The roots of the vicious beliefs of IS can be traced back to the Kharijites – the first extremist group in Islamic history. What were the defining characteristics of the Kharijites and their impact? By Mohamed Bin Ali* Extremism in Islam […]

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Sana Ahmed The history of the subcontinent is known to be betraying and misleading. Owing to the influence of corrupt and powerful officials, our history has largely been defined not by the people but the rulers of the time. One clouded chapter of our history is the sad demise of Fatima Jinnah. Not only was […]

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By Sunanda K Datta-Ray A well-wisher is said to have once warned Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, the charismatic leader known as “Bangabandu” or Friend of Bengalis, that some Bangladeshis were plotting his downfall. “Nonsense!” he retorted. “I am the father of my people. Does any son ever kill his father?” Had Mujib been less intoxicated with […]

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The dramatic arrival of Da’ish (ISIS) on the stage of Iraq has shocked many in the West. Many have been perplexed — and horrified — by its violence and its evident magnetism for Sunni youth. But more than this, they find Saudi Arabia’s ambivalence in the face of this manifestation both troubling and inexplicable, wondering, […]

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by Fahmida Zaman Introduction I have been exploring Bangladeshi newspapers and textbooks for school children to study how the partition and the end of British colonialism in India in 1947 is depicted. The objective was to conduct a qualitative content analysis to evaluate the significance of 1947 in Bangladesh’s official and public narratives. I intended […]

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Not far is the first day of July 2021 when the University of Dhaka will observe a foundation day marking the completion of a century of its existence as the highest place of academic excellence in this region. Almost 95 years have passed since the University of Dhaka started its journey on the first day […]

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Ali Usman Qasmi A visit to Dhaka can be an overwhelming experience — not just because of the traffic, pollution, congestion or humidity, but also due to its history. As a Pakistani, I felt remorse, guilt and shame every time I walked into the corridors of Dhaka University. The names of the students, intellectuals and […]

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