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Popularity of the Shahbagh protests emboldened their leadership to continue until the long arm of justice is fully applied to the war criminals. Only punishment that seems to satisfy them is death to all war criminals. They do not state how many war criminals and whether it should be extended to all the criminals who […]

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Faham Abdus Salam  [Translated from Bengali by Deyal Potrika] You are young, politically conscious and an online activist. You circulate on the net with anger and without fear: you explain rajakar-freedom fighter-chagu-bhada, you deposit it all on facebook (just as a child weds off his dolls, send him to school– play-acting, virtually). Today you wrote […]

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With all its flaws, Taslima Nasreen’s Lajja (1999) diagnosed the crisis at the heart of Bangladeshi identity. On the last page, after a week of violent communal riots, the Bengali Hindu family is finally defeated…“Shudhamoy was walking while leaning on Kiranmayee’s shoulder. Gradually the strength was coming back to his body. Kiranmayee held on to Shudhamoy with […]

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M. Shahidul Islam It’s incontrovertible by now that the Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) is proving an Achilles Heel for the ruling Awami League (AL). Lately, its power to destabilize the nation has prompted Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to invite Indian President Pronob Mukherjee to the country in the midst of a countrywide political unrest and unprecedented political […]

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OK, before discussing should the government ban Jamaat, first let’s ask, can they ban Jamaat? Yes PM Hasina definitely can. In 2013 Prime Minister Hasina, in her second term as prime Minister of Bangladesh can ban anything she wants to ban. She can ban walking on two legs, she can ban eating rice – anything she […]

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Sunanda K Datta-Ray Sheikh Hasina should draw a veil over the nation’s blood-soaked past, moderate her quest for justice and resolve the dilemma of the Bengali and Muslim identities Begum Khaleda Zia’s snub to Pranab Mukherjee sadly confirmed that Bangladeshis are still fighting yesterday’s battles. They still suffer from the dilemma Zulfikar Ali Bhutto tried […]

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Sadeq Khan Political polarisation and confrontation in Bangladesh has now taken a decisive turn. The eighteen party opposition alliance including Jamaat-e-Islami and led by parliamentary Leader of the Opposition Begum Khaleda Zia is now set on collision course with the ruling alliance led by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. After five days of countrywide unrest and […]

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A few days back, after I returned from Dhaka, we tried to get in touch with some intellectuals and academicians in Bangladesh to write a piece for us to look into the psychology of the Shahbag protesters. We were still inquisitive as to why a democratic movement would be governed by undemocratic demands like death […]

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How do we characterize or categorize the people of Shahbag? Who are the people of Shahbag? … What is the class character of this group, what excites or drives this group? Who they were during different periods of our history- how they were represented during different historical milestone of Bangladesh. There is absolutely no question […]

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Mohammad Auwal   FOR weeks now the International Crimes Tribunals (ICTs) in Bangladesh have been handing down sentences of life in prison or death to Islamic opposition leaders accused of having committed war crimes. They have recently announced a death sentence for Delwar Hossain Sayeedi, one of the most eminent interpreters of the Holy Qur’an […]

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Seema Amin When a demand is de-contextualised from the power forces at play, it risks this occupation by those forces. Now the ultimate effect of Shahbagh has been dividing the nation even more dangerously, rather than uniting us or showing us a path forward — for at the end of the day they did not […]

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This image has been doing the rounds.  It’s an unlikely rumor because if things got to that stage, Gen Bhuiyan (IKB) would have mounted a coup.   It is perfectly legitimate for the government (whose legitimacy no one disputes) to deploy the army “in aid to civil power”, and refusal to obey that order would be gross insubordination of duty.  From a confrontation […]

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