Important: Assam NRC- a humanitarian crisis looming large

“Citizenship is man’s basic right for it is nothing less than the right to have rights. Remove this priceless possession and there remains a stateless person, disgraced and degraded in the eyes of his countrymen”, once said Earl Warren, a prominent jurist. His words rightly sum up the fate of millions of residents in Assam whose names are excluded from the draft list of National … Continue reading Important: Assam NRC- a humanitarian crisis looming large

अखंड भारत चाहिए कि नहीं चाहिए?- Dilip Mandal

अखंड भारत में तीनों देशों को मिलाकर मुसलमान लगभग 50 करोड़, SC-ST लगभग 25 करोड़, सिख और ईसाई मिलाकर लगभग 6 करोड़ और बाकी 60 करोड़ लोग होंगे. सवर्ण हिंदू, OBC, बौद्ध, जैन, पारसी इसी 60 करोड़ में शामिल हैं. कुछ कम – ज्यादा होगा. यह सब जनगणना के अनुसार है. गलत है, तो बताएं कि सही क्या है. तो बोलिए प्रेम से… अखंड भारत … Continue reading अखंड भारत चाहिए कि नहीं चाहिए?- Dilip Mandal

Bill in Parliament any moment to try Jamaat for Bangladesh war crimes

Bangladesh is amending law to put Jamaat-e-Islami on trial for suspected war crimes, Law Minister Anisul Huq has said. But the bill will be tabled in Parliament when the government wants, he told the House on Monday. Jamaat came out strongly in support of a united and non-secular Pakistan in 1971. The High Court in 2013 cancelled the party’s registration with the Election Commission. Law … Continue reading Bill in Parliament any moment to try Jamaat for Bangladesh war crimes

Avijit Roy’s daughter Trisha Ahmed says…

“My dad was a prominent Bengali writer, most famous for his books about science and atheism. He and my mom went to Bangladesh last week to publicize his books at Bangladesh’s national book fair. 15 hours ago, Islamic fundamentalists stabbed my dad to death. My mom was severely wounded from the attack and is still in the hospital. His death is headline news in Bangladesh. … Continue reading Avijit Roy’s daughter Trisha Ahmed says…

বন্যাদি তুমি শোন – Irfanul Rahman Rafin

ক্ষমা চাইবার ভাষা নেই আজ কোনো কিছু একটা তো বলতেই হয় তাই কানে কানে বলি বন্যাদি তুমি শোনো বোন পারুলের পাশে জেগে সাত ভাই জানি কেউ কেউ বলবে সে নাস্তিক আমি বলে দেবো সন্তান মোর মা’র দ্যাখা যাবে তারা নাকি নজরুল ঠিক খুন করে যারা নিয়ে নেয় দায়ভার তুমি বিশ্বাস করো না ওদের বাণী লাশ নিয়ে যারা পাশা খেলে অগোচরে বুলেট আর আগুন নিয়ে যেই … Continue reading বন্যাদি তুমি শোন – Irfanul Rahman Rafin

Bangladesh: Polarisation, Political Violence & an Undeclared Civil War- ACHR report

NEW DELHI: Asian Centre for Human Rights in its report, “Bangladesh: Polarisation, Political Violence & an Undeclared Civil War” (http://www.achrweb.org/reports/bangla/Bangladesh2015-01.pdf), released today stated that about 90 people have been killed and more than a thousand were injured in the ongoing violent anti-government protests by the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) led 20-party alliance demanding resignation of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s Awami League Government and holding of mid-term elections … Continue reading Bangladesh: Polarisation, Political Violence & an Undeclared Civil War- ACHR report

Melting feminism, religion and revolution with folk music: Anusheh Anadil

Skeptic, rebel, mother, lover, dreamer, poet, designer, singer. Anusheh’s search for an understanding of the world has brought her close to the music, art, and philosophy that lie at the roots of her birthplace. Bangladesh’s powerful folks arts and spirituality have become the canvas for Anusheh’s musical and artistic journey. Vocal and guitar support: Palki Ahmad [This talk is recorded on September 21st 2013 at … Continue reading Melting feminism, religion and revolution with folk music: Anusheh Anadil

‘Religion Is The Biggest Bane For Any Democracy’

AGNIVO NIYOGI Bangladesh’s biggest right-wing party Jamaat-e-Islami has been banned from contesting future polls by the Bangladesh High Court in Dhaka, which cancelled its registration in a landmark ruling on 1 August, leaving the once powerful fundamentalist party with an uncertain future. Author Taslima Nasreen who has been living in exile for over two decades in India tells Agnivo Niyogi that taking a cue from … Continue reading ‘Religion Is The Biggest Bane For Any Democracy’

A long way from home : Garga Chatterjee

I have crossed the border between the two Bengals multiple times. In February 2013, I took back my maternal uncle Bacchu mama to his ancestral home in East Bengal (now part of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh). He had fled after his matriculation exams, a little before the 1965 war. Then we reached his modest, 2-storey, tin-shed erstwhile home in the Kawnia neighbourhood of Barishal … Continue reading A long way from home : Garga Chatterjee