Special Supplements

Reclaiming the spirit of Bangladesh’s independence war

The spirit of the war for national liberation of any country is nothing but the summation of the collective aspirations of a people evolved through a series of their…

When did the 1971 war begin: History and identity fundamentalism

When did the 1971 war begin: History and identity fundamentalism

The big fight over 1971 is about who declared independence. It is one of the least meaningful of all discussions as it reduces the liberation movements to…

Rekindling the spirit of independence

Rekindling the spirit of independence

The battle cry: Independence is humanity’s yearning. Independence is humanity’s lifeline. Independence is bud for humanity’s blooming. Rangalal Bandyopadhyay, a poet from…

History and the Birangona

History and the Birangona

In December 1971, East Pakistan became the independent nation of Bangladesh after a nine-month war with West Pakistan and their local Bengali collaborators. Faced with…

In a darker December

In a darker December

December is the month of blood-drenched victory for us. To earn this victory, we paid a price in the form of millions of skulls and skeletons, hundreds of mass…

Rethinking ‘Stop Genocide’

Rethinking ‘Stop Genocide’

Early on in Stop Genocide dispatches about the American bombing of Vietnam intercedes and frames the film’s narrative arc. Not exactly an interruption as much as…

Home they brought his warrior dead

Home they brought his warrior dead

Md Shahidul Islam Miah writes a ballad of a fallen freedom-fighter called Mufti Mohammad Kased…

Closing the gates of hell: countering terrorism

Closing the gates of hell: countering terrorism

TERRORISM is an over worked word. Depending on the contexts and the times it has been used and abused. As a result, it has often lost its true meaning and significance…

Iraq and Islam: Emperor’s new muslins

Iraq and Islam: Emperor’s new muslins

‘Therein lies a great danger to world peace and sovereignty of nations. Moral rhetoric cannot hide the fact that caprice and self-interest rather than concern for international law or justice informs American policy and interventions…

‘Militancy is rising in a political-cultural vacuum’

‘Militancy is rising in a political-cultural vacuum’

Ajoy Roy, a retired professor of physics in the University of Dhaka talking to Mustafizur Rahman and Arifur Rahman in an interview with New Age, stressed the need for reviving political culture by giving space…

RELIGIOUS POLITICS: Ram Mohan Roy, Titu Mir and others in 19th century Bengal

RELIGIOUS POLITICS: Ram Mohan Roy, Titu Mir and others in 19th century Bengal

BENGAL and India in the middle of the 18th century presented a phase when decaying feudalism represented by Sirajuddowla was overwhelmed by the emerging capitalism represented by Robert Clive’s East India Company…

‘Successive governments have compromised with communal sentiments’

‘Successive governments have compromised with communal sentiments’

Haider Akbar Khan Rano, a member of the Communist Party of Bangladesh presidium, talking to Moloy Saha in an interview with New Age, urged waging a united movement to curb religious militant forces New Age: Politics of religious extremism has apparently taken a violent form in Bangladesh. Why? Haider Akbar Khan Rano: The ruling political parties have failed to fulfil […]

‘Trying to take political advantage is worsening the situation’

‘Trying to take political advantage is worsening the situation’

The Bangladesh Nationalist Party secretary general, Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, talking to Rashed Ahmed Mitul in an interview with New Age, speaks about how global issues and an indulgence…

A nation in crisis: which way out?

A nation in crisis: which way out?

THIS piece is not about the political crisis or the problem of extremism that the country is now plunged into, but of confidence, social capital or trust — inter-linked, nonetheless…

‘Capitalists are encouraging extremist religious politics’

‘Capitalists are encouraging extremist religious politics’

In states where religious extremism is active, there is an absence of human rights, freedom of expression, freedom of association and basic democratic rights, Serajul Islam Choudhury, a professor emeritus in the University of Dhaka…

‘Successive govts have failed to create a non-communal Bangladesh’

‘Successive govts have failed to create a non-communal Bangladesh’

The government should face militancy politically by uniting all the people, the Socialist Party of Bangladesh general secretary, Khalequzzaman, tells Moloy Saha in an interview…

A bower in the wilderness

A bower in the wilderness

THEY took a left on Wisteria Drive, then a right on Wisteria Lane.
Rupa gave a theatrical groan, ‘You Americans and your predictable street names! Let me guess, the next one will be… Wisteria Court.’ …

Struck dumb

Struck dumb

RATNA jiggled the key from left to right; then right to left; and then left to right again. The lock didn’t open. She pushed the door and pulled the handle. The stubborn lock still didn’t grant her admission. ‘Dhattari, damn!’ she cursed…

The last love

The last love

RUTBA was born in a small village near Mymensingh. ‘You are lucky to have been born’, said all her neighbours as Rutba grew up. Her mother, who was ill and poor, did not want another girl child to be borne in her womb. Rutba had two elder sisters, Ruksana and Rumaha…

House of cards

House of cards

12 July 1985
3:00am…
Nargis woke up; exhausted. Gigantic baboons were chasing her in hordes trying to get a special ‘something’ off her hand. She screamed for help but no one seemed to hear. In a nippy pursuit to escape, she saw herself tripping over a log and somehow falling into pitch-black darkness, almost feeling every bit of the spine-tingling sensation….

Advertisement