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The 8th house

The 8th house

The 8th House in astrology is the House of Scorpio. It is the house of sex, death and taxes. This house describes the monsters in all our closets – the unspoken contracts, the irrational fears, the obsessions and the compulsions…

The black hole

The black hole

‘Have you heard that humans are going to Mars?’
‘No. Really?’
‘Yes. It will be their one-way journey. No return to mother Earth.’
‘One-way’ and ‘no return’ hit me, where I could not spot, but my voice tilted slightly…

The wedding

The wedding

‘Marriage is a life-long commitment, Asif. Do not marry for the wrong reasons.’ Sahara paused and then asked thoughtfully…

Alisha’s lovers

Alisha’s lovers

Solaiman’s poem is on the fax machine again! Alisha has just got back from school. She notices it immediately. A poem of love from him — Hey you answer me, I love you from here to eternity…

Serajul Islam Choudhury: Our leading public intellectual

Serajul Islam Choudhury: Our leading public intellectual

TODAY, June 23, marks the 80th birthday of Serajul Islam Choudhury. At a conjuncture characterised by the constitutive contradictions, crises, and cruelties of such systems of exploitation and oppression as capitalism and imperialism, Serajul Islam’s Choudhury’s work…

A tribute to Professor Choudhury

A tribute to Professor Choudhury

Professor emeritus Serajul Islam Choudhury, who is popularly known as SIC to his students and admirers, turns 80 today…

A public intellectual turns 80

A public intellectual turns 80

Professor Serajul Islam Choudhury, who has witnessed the British rule, Partition and the Bangladesh independence movement, hopes that a socialist revolution will one day create a healthier, happier polity…

Serajul Islam Choudhury: a tribute

Serajul Islam Choudhury: a tribute

MY FATHER, who was a passionate believer in pursuing one’s dream with a ‘deep driving desire’, once told me that he always wanted to be a teacher…

A teacher, writer and unrepentant socialist

A teacher, writer and unrepentant socialist

WHILE still a secondary student in the early 1970s, one day I picked up an old issue of monthly Saugat from a pile of literary magazines in my father’s study and started flicking through it until I got up to an article entitled…

Bangladesh’s independence and question of national liberation again

Bangladesh’s independence and question of national liberation again

Those who wax lyrical about and shed tears over oppression and injustice in the country and the world — while at the same time remaining silent about the questions of capital, empire, state, and class — may appear to be sympathetic to the oppressed, but they actually side with the oppressor and the unjust in the final instance…

Was there ever one Bengal?

MOST people are not shocked at the crushing defeat by Pakistan as much as they are by the cheering support of Kolkata Bengali crowd supporting Pakistan. Most seem to have been expecting that this is One Bengal — and a large section of the media fed this idea — and that the Bangladesh cricket team represents that spirit….

What Joy Bangla means today

What Joy Bangla means today

JOY Bangla in those days had not been commandeered by any particular political party. It was a slogan we all used. Some took it more to heart than others. I was on a rickshaw heading towards mejochachi’s house, (she is mother of my footballer cousin Kazi Salahuddin, better known by his nickname Turjo). Seeing a friend on the road I shouted out Joy Bangla. Joy Bangla, he waved back…

BANGLADESH PEOPLE’S LIBERATION : Rising up with arms in 1971

BANGLADESH PEOPLE’S LIBERATION : Rising up with arms in 1971

HOSTILITIES of opposing forces — the Pakistan state — widened the path to rebellion in the Bangladesh people’s march to liberation. Part of a rationale for the rebellion found its base in the hostilities. The hostile acts were the only option available to the state machine of Pakistan at that juncture; otherwise, the machine would have opted for alternatives…

A poetic testimony of the liberation war

A poetic testimony of the liberation war

Time is a fluke, it is and it sometimes cracks, in a manner of speaking that is. It’s only a little short of 10 years now since October 2006, when Shamsur Rahman, ‘unquestionably the foremost poet’ of the new nation in Bangladesh breathed his last. He already seems to be half-forgotten, or even worse, is only recalled to ditch in the bins, however…

Editor’s note

Editor’s note

The Bangla language movement, which began even before Pakistan officially came into existence in August 1947 and reached its climax in 1952, was the first mass movement in East Bengal that sowed the seed of a pervasive nationalist movement eventually…

The Bangla question in Bangladesh

The Negro of the Antilles will be proportionately whiter — that is, he will come closer to being a real human being — in direct ratio to his mastery of the French language. I am not unaware that this is one of man’s attitudes face to face with Being…

Bangla and Urdu language movement: brothers in nationalism?

Bangla and Urdu language movement: brothers in nationalism?

LONG before the February Bhasha Andolan happened in our country (1948–1952), the Urdu speakers had initiated a language movement in British India and achieved more or less the same political goal which was nationalist mobilisation…

LANGUAGE MOVEMENT OF 1952 : Some questions and conceptual concerns

LANGUAGE MOVEMENT OF 1952 : Some questions and conceptual concerns

OUR language movement of 1952 was more than a historical moment and surely more than a sliding signifier, although the problem remains one of seeing things historically. Of course, our middle-class, soggy, sentimental…

Positive aspects of language movement should be revived

Positive aspects of language movement should be revived

The language movement was not for exclusion of somebody; it was neither for the exclusion of the Islamist nor of the English-speaking people. It was an anti-colonial movement…

Language movement spirit yet to be materialised

Language movement spirit yet to be materialised

The spirit of the language movement was to create a nation state but it has never materialised in the country. Another important objective was to establish Bangla in all spheres of life which has remained a far cry…

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