“A country whose soil is soaked in the blood of the martyrs, a country whose soil still bears witness to the history of genocide — the soil of that country will receive the body of the Captain of the Rajakars? How are we to answer to our conscience?”
by Nadine Shaanta Murshid for AlalODulal.org
“I wonder. Did he consider his life’s work done: radicalization of people, sowing the dreams of the inevitable Islamic Caliphate that would drive away jahillyya one day from this land of the impure? Did he think he died a hero, a martyr, and an uncompromising leader for many? Particularly the people who think he was wrongly convicted? The people who he turned using religion – Islam – as a political tool?”
“One doesn’t have to succumb to a teleological faith in historical progress to ascertain that language-based nationalism is a step forward from its religion-based counterpart. But it is also equally true that like any other form of identity, linguistic identity also includes some at the expense of others.”
The Selling of Lalon Phokir
by Zaid Islam for AlalODulal.org
Lalon Phokir has always been important to us for the past hundred years. But recently he has become just another venture to cash in on. Starting from individuals all the way to corporate houses and agencies have all realised that a “little bit of Lalon” is required to spice things up. Continue reading
by Lamia Karim for alalodulal.org
A mathematician by training, Zia Haider Rahman’s debut novel is a literary masterpiece. It is a deeply unsettling novel where the protagonist’s ‘descent of hope’ reveals our loss of a shared humanity. The novel is a magisterial sweep of the landscape of the 21st century that is characterized by war, migration, and rootlessness. Continue reading
“যে জাতীয়তাবাদ নিজেকে অতিত্রম করার, নিজেকে ভেঙেচুরে আন্তর্জাতিক মানবতায় একীভূত করার নিরন্তন চর্চাকে নিজের মধ্যে ধারণ করতে পারে না, আজকের গণতান্ত্রিক আন্দোলনের কাছে তার কোনো মূল্য নেই।”
Stop vilifying someone who warned us not to accept a blind nationalism, a patriotism that does not allow for discussion, examination or self-criticism.
In a country as diverse as the Republic of India, it is expected that the national identity represented by the national emblems like the flag or the anthem would not get much air of importance or attention.
From the picturesque, sleepy, tucked away town of Hamilton to the chaotic city of Kolkata, from the Mexican town of Iguala to bustling streets of Hong Kong to the suburban district outside of Denver, Colorado, students were out.
The gist generally is that the ‘Civil Society’ aims to establish human rights, to democratise the society, to clear corruption, to alleviate poverty, to reduce inequality and the suffering of people and so on.
By Nadine Shaanta Murshid for AlalODulal.org
Part –2: Civil Society: A Recent Experience
By Debapriya Bhattacharya
(as read in a speech in the Faculty of History, University of Dhaka); translated from Prothomalo for AlalOdulal by Irfan Chowdhury
Philippines ‘Yellow Revolution’ of 1986, the anti-Marcos uprising, signalled arrival of a new phase of civil unrests. The role and definition of ‘Civil Society’ took a new form and opened up debates due to sensational civil movements across the word in the 90s. In particular, roles of middle and eastern European neo-civil-societies in spreading the concept of a ‘new-democracy’, following the demise of the USSR, were noticeable. Civil Society and its various organisations also led a number of mass-protests on the face of the financial crisis in 2008 using the slogans –‘Occupy Wall Street’, ‘We Are the 99 Per Cent’ and so on. Perhaps Bangladesh’s experience with Gonojagoron Moncho should be read from this perspective.