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Ekushey was a cultural and political movement

Ekushey was a cultural and political movement

The Shaheed Minar and language martyrs did not get their due respect. At least, the road next to the monument could have been named Shaheed Sharani in 1954 when the United Front came to power…

Looking back 2015

Looking back 2015

Politics heats up as Khaleda confined, blockade called   In the beginning of the year, politics heated up as police confined opposition BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia to her Gulshan office on January 3 night. As the police did not allow Khaleda to leave her office to join a party rally, she called for an indefinite transport blockade on January 5. […]

Looking back 2015

Looking back 2015

A New Year’s stampede on Shanghai’s historic waterfront killed at least 36 revellers and injured dozens more, mostly women, as one police officer said fewer personnel than previously were securing the area…

Settling the claim of history

Settling the claim of history

BANGLADESH is a unique country in South Asia that emerged independent through a war of liberation, an armed revolution, against the neo-colonial rule of the Pakistani politico-military…

Using memories for privileges and denial

Using memories for privileges and denial

WE ARE running out of people who remember 1971. This was inevitable since almost 44 years have passed after that year…

Liberation war exposed a neocolonial state’s failure

Liberation war exposed a neocolonial state’s failure

WITH flawed political process, mismanagement of contradictions in body-society-polity, failures in political arrangement, incapability in the handling of aspirations ingrained within society…

Salute to Jean Kay

Salute to Jean Kay

ON 3 December 1971, a few hours before Pakistan started the war with India, Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) Boeing 720B was operating Flight PK-712 bound from London to Karachi via Paris, Rome and Cairo…

A belated reply… into the timeless domain

A belated reply… into the timeless domain

IT HAS taken me just a little over 44 years to reply to your letter which you wrote from Patgram, Rangpur, Bangladesh on October 25, 1971…

‘Govt needs more time to get back to 1972 constitution’

‘Govt needs more time to get back to 1972 constitution’

The nation needs reforms in society, changes in people’s mentality and the negative attitude that they have. In a country of 16 crore people, nothing can be changed overnight, Mohammad Nasim…

‘People are now treated as citizens of a colony’

‘People are now treated as citizens of a colony’

No one can utter a single word against the current government and the freedom of speech and expression, as laid out in our constitution, are trampled, Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, acting secretary general of the Bangladesh Nationalist Party…

‘Wahabi ideals replaced Sufism’

‘Wahabi ideals replaced Sufism’

The disparity between the rich and the poor widened because of dependence on the World Bank and the IMF. The state of social equality and social justice became vulnerable because of income disparity, Rashed Khan Menon…

‘State reinstated socialism but govt followed free-market economy’

‘State reinstated socialism but govt followed free-market economy’

The poor have not only been deprived economically, but they have also been deprived of human dignity; they continue to face repression and are deprived of their minimum rights although the constitution grants them all such rights…

‘More steps needed to ensure rights of minorities’

‘More steps needed to ensure rights of minorities’

The social condition of apparel workers has improved and now they walk with their heads held high. The poor in villages still depend on the favour of the rich for their livelihood. So, we still have to wait for the establishment of equality…

‘Still fighting for equality, human dignity and social justice’

‘Still fighting for equality, human dignity and social justice’

The nation could not make the expected progress in removing social and economic inequalities although this is the fundamental responsibility of the state and pledges of Bangladesh’s proclamation could not be fully materialised because of ups and downs in politics…

‘Inequality has increased over the past 44 years’

‘Inequality has increased over the past 44 years’

In our liberation struggle, there were two active groups — nationalists and socialists. While the nationalists led the struggle, who were petty-bourgeois, and their aspirations were to become bourgeois, the agenda of the socialists was a social revolution…

‘Political power monopoly led to increased economic inequality’

‘Political power monopoly led to increased economic inequality’

The nation can succeed in establishing an effective and working democracy and it would require increased tolerance, leading to voluntary national consensus on core national issues such as the definition of nationalism, the place of national leaders in history…

‘Secularism, Islam should be dropped from constitution’

‘Secularism, Islam should be dropped from constitution’

The terms ‘secularism’ and ‘Islam’ have now become a matter of division, conflict, violence and hatred. They have given rise to a conflict between the so-called atheists and the believers. So, they should be dropped from the constitution…

‘Govt needs to reduce gap between classes’

‘Govt needs to reduce gap between classes’

Bourgeois political parties are unlikely to take steps for the welfare of ordinary people as they serve the interest of imperialism. The two big political parties, the Awami League and the Bangladesh Nationalist Party, which mostly ruled the country…

‘Still victims of class discrimination, capitalism’

‘Still victims of class discrimination, capitalism’

The government, non-governmental organisations and all have to work together to establish equality, human dignity and social justice as the state alone cannot do that, Selina Hossain, writer and honorary member of the National Human Rights Commission…

‘Nothing of secularism, democracy and dignity of people as yet’

‘Nothing of secularism, democracy and dignity of people as yet’

The nation must remove contradictory features from the constitution. There are secularism and Islam as the state religion. How does it work for other religious groups? Another contradiction is the discrimination between men and women…

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