National anthem and the disjointed conscience: the rift between two Bengals

Photo: bbc.com

Photo: bbc.com

By Pratik Deb for AlalODulal

The national anthem of Bangladesh, penned by Tagore, is not exclusively sung on one side of the fence, neither is its use stringently limited for the national occasions of Bangladesh. Unlike the national anthem of most nations, Bangladesh’s national anthem has an everyday appeal in its core that keeps it alive amid the unremarkable occasions, especially in West Bengal where it does not get limited by its officialdom.
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Cricket Nationalism: Death threats against Kabir Suman

Facebook death threat against Kabir Sumon

Death threat against Kabir Sumon from RSS Facebook page

Kabir Suman: “After such impassioned appeal (“Is there no one who can kill this piece of pube?”), after such frantic and helpless SOS, will no one come forward? I am a 66-year-old aging man. My limbs tremble and shake… Even children can take me down with utmost ease. Will it be a “Boimela” (book fair) for me too? The next Kolkata Boimela perhaps? Would it be right to keep me alive that long?”

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Cricket Nationalism: Mauka Mauka, 1971

Google Bangladesh

Google Bangladesh

“At this moment of masculinist and orgasmic expressions of hatred – communal, ethnic, sexist, partisan, and national – in both real and virtual world, cricket match in World Cup 2015 has become a rallying point of neo-nationalistic tyranny. In contrast to the dominating belief, sports has never been apolitical. Sometimes it becomes a space for solidarity and protest, at other times it becomes the weapons of domination and hegemonic control.” Continue reading

লেখাপড়া ধ্বংশ করল আসলে কে? জাফর ইকবাল-কে ফিরোজ আহমেদের জবাব

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1. Firoz Ahmed: “শুধু লোভ! বিজ্ঞানীদের এই কারণেই সমাজবিজ্ঞান সম্পর্কেও কিছু ধারণা থাকা দরকার। লোভেরও ব্যকরণ আছে, নিয়ম-কানুনের উর্ধে সে নয়।”
2. Zafar Iqbal: “কারা প্রশ্নফাঁস করছে তাদের কখনো ধর‍া যায়নি, কিন্তু কারা গাইড বই থেকে প্রশ্ন নিয়ে এসএসসি পরীক্ষার প্রশ্ন প্রণয়ন করেন তাদের ধরতে তো কোনো সমস্যা নেই!” Continue reading