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Anushay Hossain When I was a little girl, I always wanted Bangladesh to be ‘famous’. I did not like that whenever I went abroad, and people asked me where I was from, I would have to explain: “Bangladesh, this tiny country on the East of India.” Why could people not just know where my Motherland […]

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The guns fell silent more than 40 years ago, but the scars of Bangladesh’s short, bloody struggle for independence still burn to this day Philip Hensher Bangladesh’s capital Dhaka is a noisy, exciting city, full of energy and argument. The massive chaos of its constantly stationary traffic is often riven by protests, strikes, marches. These […]

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by David Bergman on Friday, February 15, 2013 The writer, Tahmina Anam has written a piece on ‘Shahbag’ on the UK’s Guardian website. This is my response: “Hi Tahmina, You do realise, I hope – and I say this just on a point of accuracy – that Abul Quader Mollah was not actually convicted of […]

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Blogger Rajiv Haider’s death brought a new twist to the Shahbagh protesters. On Saturday, an even larger crowd thronged the square to attend funeral prayers for Haider, many vowing to avenge his death or breaking down in tears as his coffin passed. Haider’s family told reporters they believed he was stabbed to death for standing […]

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Rajib, better known by his online identity as Thaba Baba, was claimed as one of the main stream activist of Shahbagh protest was stabbed to death In Dhaka yesterday. Many blogger and general people termed it as the output of Shahbag protest as a consiquence total blame goes on Jamat Shibir through medias and protestors  […]

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Peter Custers The Bengali spring has arrived; the gloom of winter has finally been removed. On February the 5th, 2013, a new generation of activists supported by seasoned progressive political forces, started a movement from the Shahbagh intersection in Dhaka, criticising the weak verdict pronounced by the International Crimes Tribunal in the case against Abdul Quader […]

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The stunning Shahbag protest in Dhaka shows young Bangladeshis want nothing to do with Jamaatis. But why is the Awami League going soft on razakars? Something remarkable is happening in Bangladesh which has gone under-reported, if not unnoticed, by newspapers and news television channels, especially in India. Given our media’s proclivity to get excited every […]

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We have been observing this great outpouring of young people in the square with candle lights, placards, bandanas chanting “death to Kader Mollah”, “blood wanted; blood wanted”, “hang war criminals” and “ban Jamaat, Shibir”. Many observers were watching this scene and trying analyzing it in perspective. We will also try to do it here in […]

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A huge protest in the capital against an Islamist party and its leaders THEY are the biggest rallies in Bangladesh for at least two decades. Hundreds of thousands of protesters gather peacefully each day in Dhaka, the capital, demanding vengeance against a bearded political figure, Abdul Quader Mollah. Their numbers swell daily: ordinary people furious […]

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Anu Muhammad The Shahbag protest, demanding the death sentence for the war criminals of 1971’s independence war, began on February 5, 2013. The protest welcomed diverse groups, despite their distinct identities and, through its inclusive nature, demonstrated that the sun is finally rising on Bangladesh. It appears that things are slowly beginning to change in […]

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Shafi Huq “My simple appeal is that do not allow blind nationalism and mistaken perceptions to lead you to deny even the most fundamental rights of your fellow citizens.” This was the last advice of Mohammad Afzal, a Kashimiri Muslim, while on death row. He was accused of being involved in India’s parliament blasts and […]

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William Gomes #Shahbag is a stereotype of a movement for a select few… (YORK, UK) – Bangladesh badly needs reorganization of the industrial, economic life and consequently also of the entire structure of society. Bangladesh has root and reasons for a bottom-up, social revolution, which will reorganize all of society. People of Bangladesh are sandwiched […]

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