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  • Confronting life, love, and liberation with a style

    Mahmudul Haque wrote and remained silent equally remarkably in his lifetime. And when he wrote, he wrote productively, even intensely, with a peculiar passion untrammeled by momentary vicissitudes. He wrote most of his novels at one stretch, taking a week or two. He wrote one novel even in a single day.

  • Justice After Nuremberg

    When the Nuremberg War Trial began more than 70 years ago, it marked a watershed moment in international law.

  • Echoes from Old Bengal

    Jnanendra Nath Gupta was born in 1869 in colonial Bengal. His father, Ghanashyamdas Gupta, was a district judge and, therefore, he spent his childhood in various parts of Bengal and Bihar.

  • Consoled by the Brahmaputra

    We left my mother's place early to finish packing. Driving through Gulshan Road 75, punctuated by irregular lights and leafy tall trees, we reached home after 8:00pm. I lay down with a headache. Minutes later, came the sound of firecrackers. An hour later came the SMS: "Holey Artisan Bakery is under siege; situation is NOT UNDER CONTROL."

  • A letter from the Tiger's Den

    The advent of the holy month of Ramadan, ever since the year 2000 CE, reminds me of an idealistic soul, a gallant freedom fighter against British colonial rule in India, who so graciously replied to my letter, that too, from an unknown.

  • Are we going the right way?

    In a country of 16 crore people, the central offices of all government bodies and institutions are in Dhaka. The most job opportunities, the best schools, colleges, universities, healthcare options and even the services required by business operators are far more readily available here than any other place in the whole country.

  • The war that never ended

    “The world watched through my camera [as] this soldier shot the boy in cold blood, and his life was not in any danger at all.

  • Ideological Struggles Within

    There is a widely held belief that culture and religion are mutually exclusive entities. And herein lies the primary source of conflict.

  • The bonds that run deep

    In tracing the shifts from joint families of yesteryears to some single-parent households of today, what is happily evident is that the essence of the family remains the same.

  • Indelible Imprints: The Genius from Khulna

    Khan Bahadur Qazi Azizul Haque was born in 1872, in the village of Paigram Kasba, Phultala, in the Khulna district of Bengal, British

  • When the blackboard comes to life

    Looking up information on underprivileged children's education in Bangladesh, I found a picture online of a classroom that looked far

  • Prelude to a spreading nightmare

    The recent flash floods in the haor regions exemplify the threat of climate change that looms over Bangladesh. It signifies our


    I spent a part of my impressionable years, that is to say, my boyhood school days in Islamabad, West Punjab, Pakistan.

  • Building a city of tomorrow

    At present, Dhaka city's area has been extended up to 520 square miles and its population currently is 15 million. It is assumed that

  • “The war is not over yet”

    March 25 has been declared as Genocide Day recognising the atrocities carried out by the Pakistani Army on civilians 46 years ago on this day. In this week's In Focus, Mashruk Ahmed tells the stories of these valiant freedom fighters of Bangladesh through their photos and words.

  • The Rebel Eternal

    With Independence Day only eight days away and World Poetry Day three days from now, the time couldn't be more fitting to honour one of the greatest political poets to have ever lived, Kazi Nazrul Islam. Here, we look back at the revolutionary poet who masterfully used poetry and prose as vehicles for political and social justice.


    Urban planners need to see the disenfranchised classes not as the poor but as fellow human beings who deserve, like anybody else, basic access to all urban amenities and social institutions.

  • A Quiet Courage

    Principal Protiva Mutsuddy, a great language movement veteran was born at a time while her motherland was under

  • The science fiction about women

    I am at a chemistry lab at Dhaka University where no girl is crying or talking about love. With a steely resolve and

  • An oasis in a volatile region

    The Arab Spring that started with the self immolation of fruit vendor Mohamad Bouazizi in the Tunisian city of Sidi Bouzid in December 2010 had all the markings of a people's revolution breaking out against long running autocratic governments, especially in North Africa and the Middle East.

  • We shall overcome

    While the public often views the Liberation War and the Language Movement as the apex of protest music in Bangladesh the use of

  • Untangling memory, taking a stand

    Yesterday was the International Holocaust Remembrance Day. But what does it mean to remember the Holocaust? It cannot be only to speak of the details of the gruesome barbarity that engulfed a continent in the last century through voyeuristic descriptions of horror. Neither should one speak of the death of six million in the contextual realms of history; it cannot be a matter of numbers. Does one, as the student from Alan Bennet's History Boys, simply gloss over the matter with a pithy “Whereof one cannot speak, thereof one must be silent.”?

  • Michael Madhusudan Dutt: A Birthday Tribute

    We celebrate Michael Madhusudan Dutt's birthday on 25 January, but we cannot be certain that this is absolutely accurate, just as we

  • Adaitwa Mallabarman - An author of the soil

    Adaitwa Mallabarman became a renowned author in Bangla literature for his magnificent and unparallel work Titas Ekti Nadir Nam (A River Called Titas). Unfortunately, this path-breaking novel, in terms of representation of a local culture, was not published during the author's lifetime. Adaitwa was from Malopara fishermen community in the village called Gokorno under the former subdivision of Brahmanbaria. The novel was published in 1956 after 5 years of his death on the initiative of his friend Subodh Chowdhury who was a Professor of Bangla in Jadavpur University at that time.

  • The poet of physical rhymes

    With stretching arms, pointed toes and emotive facial expressions, dance speaks of the language of human emotions as the music


    Swinton on his return to Britain in 1766, writes Taifoor, had taken a certain Mirza Sheikh Itesamuddin of Nadia, Bengal, along with

  • A Paean to Aleppo

    The heart-breaking visuals and devastating destruction that has befallen the citizens of Aleppo, its infrastructure and


    An intellectual is a person who tries to understand the world and, not less importantly, to communicate his/her understanding

  • Ajoy Roy, My Father

    Ajoy Roy, veteran leftist politician, passed away on October 17, 2016. He had actively taken part in movements opposing the British

  • Munier Chowdhury: Personal Glimpses

    Tomorrow is the 91st birth anniversary of Munier Chowdhury, educationalist, playwright, literary critic and political dissident, who was picked up on December 14, 1971 by local collaborators and later tortured and killed by the Pakistan Army. Asif Munier, his youngest son gives a glimpse of the life of the martyred intellectual.