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A three-day visit to Bangladesh by President Pranab Mukherjee comes at a suspenseful moment and unambiguously situates India on the side of justice and fairness. Bangladesh is in the throes of a massive social upheaval, symbolised by the spirit of Shahbagh – a neighbourhood in Dhaka that is being likened to Egypt’s Tahrir Square – […]

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Clashes in Bangladesh between the police and supporters of an Islamist leader have left at least 16 people dead, on the first day of a strike called in protest at his death sentence. Delwar Hossain Sayeedi, of the group Jamaat-e-Islami, was convicted on charges including murder, rape and torture during the war of independence in […]

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Dozens of people have been killed in violent clashes in Bangladesh in recent days, including on Sunday, as our eastern neighbour battles with itself to discover its identity and soul. President Pranab Mukherjee has made Dhaka his first port of call since assuming office over seven months back — to underscore the importance this country […]

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by Nadia Irumrukh   The Shahbag movement needs no introduction. But what does need an introduction is the various kinds of counter movements that have emerged, not just in Bangladesh but across the world. At first they seem like disparate, anti-Shahbag movements, but soon it becomes clear that it is not Shahbag that they intend to […]

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I was on my way to Shahbag on a rickshaw today, when the rickshaw-drivers asked me,”Bhaia, if you don’t mind me asking … what is a ‘blogger’?” I answered that bloggers are people who write stuff on computers.   Suddenly, bloggers have become a phenomenon. Their community has its own norms, language and code of […]

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Abu Hena Original name of Bengal is ‘Vanga’, the historic delta of the Ganges–Bahmaputra in the northeastern part of South Asia, now divided between the Indian state of West Bengal and the People’s Republic of Bangladesh. From the 8th to the 12th centuries it was ruled by a Buddhist Pala dynasty. From c. 1200 it […]

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MJ Akbar A question for the internationally recognised terrorist, ideologue and mastermind of the 2008 Mumbai attack, Hafiz Saeed, resident of Lahore, who has just offered sanctuary in Pakistan to our superstar Shah Rukh Khan. Pakistan was carved out in 1947 to ensure security for this subcontinent’s Muslims in a separate homeland. Why, six decades […]

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by Zia Hassan [Adapted from the Bengali original by Tibra Ali] In country wide clashes that followed the verdict on Delwar Hossain Sayedee, 41 people have been killed, including 3 from the police. I see this as an institutional failure. I don’t know the details yet, and I don’t think anyone does – how many […]

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F R Chowdhury   In Middle-East and North African Arab world, a number of corrupt dictators have been ruling for long. In some countries they are referred to as President but let there be no illusion. They are all equal dictators sometime in disguise of being an elected president. We all knew one day it […]

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DAVID BERGMAN Instead of the death penalty, the protesters at Shahbag should be demanding fair trials for those accused of war crimes in 1971 A peaceful mass secular protest involving people from all walks of life, spearheaded by a tech savvy young generation, apparently independent from political parties, seeking accountability for war crimes committed in […]

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Nur Jahan , Chittagong We commend the young generation as they could unite the people on the war crime trial issue. They have pressed for bringing war crimes charges against Jamat-e-Islami and issued ultimatum to the government to initiate legal process to ban the party by March 26, 2013. We thank the youths for putting […]

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I have been wondering about the correct frame of reference for the Projonmo Chottor movement. Although comparisons have been made to Tahrir and Occupy, I think there is a more apt comparison that is closer, both temporally and spatially. It is the anti-corruption movement in India last year, led by Anna Hazare. Shahbag crowd are […]

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