Reflections on “Unprecedented Changes” in the Garments Sector of Bangladesh
by Farida Khan for AlalODulal.org
The Tazreen fire and Rana Plaza collapse has made many Western consumers shudder at the thought of their complicity with sub-human conditions in the Third World factories where their clothes are sewn. While consumers are often careful to avoid purchasing soccer balls sewn by child labor Continue reading
Unprecedented Changes in the Garments Sector of Bangladesh
by Farhad Mahmud for AlalODulal.org
Soon after the Tazreen fire and Rana Plaza collapse, there were two types of reaction from the buyers who were sourcing garments from Bangladesh. There was one group who felt they need to move away from sourcing from Bangladesh. Another group felt somewhat responsible Continue reading
By Saba Homaira Ahmad
Copyright: Syed Zakir Hossain, Dhaka Tribune
“Saba makes a great point: there is something to be said about elitism in ‘civil society.’ It is worth asking why the sense of disenfranchisement among students exists in the first place” – Navine Murshid, Assistant Professor of Political Science, Colgate University
Copyright: Manisha Dasgupta
For India, it took the shape of Hindu right-wing and their counter-imposition of a false construct of Hindu and Indian identity. The irrelevant political force of Hindutva took the centre-stage, asserting its claim on the identity of ‘Indian-ness’ and ‘Hindu-ness’. And like any two compatible hegemony, down the lane, there were a political pact between the two. Once it was realised that the gullible globalised middle-class can be bought and bribed and made to want almost anything with enough packaging and with enough lucre, the only question remained how long it would take.
Munier Chowdhury. Source: Asif Munier.
“One of the reasons that so far GA and JI got all the leniency and privileges is partly due to the divisions in the anti JI, pro war crimes trials and Shahbagh/Projonmo Chottor lobbies.”
[Asif Munier is the son of Munier Chowdhury, a playwright and intellectual killed by Al Badr forces in 1971. He is the Vice President of Projonmo 71, an organization of the children of the martyrs of the liberation war of Bangladesh]
Ghulam Azam speaking at a Jamaat programme during Liberation War. Source: The Daily Star, Bangladesh.
Ghulam Azam Against Bangladesh: Quotes from Daily Sangram ’71
“In order to resist the criminals I am appealing to supply arms to the people who believe in the ideal and unity of the country [of Pakistan.]” — Ghulam Azam, Daily Sangram, 29 August 1971.
In particular, research suggests that sexual violence, including coerced sex, is high when marital age is low because at 16 our daughters have very little idea about sex. You can thank the lack of sex-education in Bangladesh. And you can thank the tabooing of sex in Bangladesh.
Dear Mothers and Fathers,
Do you know what your child’s up to?
The Smell of Siege and the fragrance of freedom
‘Like fish in a barrel, with nowhere to go’
Galloway, on Gaza
by Seema Amin for AlalODulal.org
It must be that nothing is inviolate in a violated world. Continue reading
AlalODulal Editorial Board condemns in the strongest terms the violence that left at least 11 Urdu Speaking people (“Biharis”) dead. Anthropologist Dina Siddiqi’s research on the conditions of “stranded Pakistanis” (inaccurately called “Biharis,” but more accurately “Urdu speakers”) after 1971 is newly relevant. In the current discourse around the 1971 war, the fate of the Urdu speakers at war’s end is elided. It is one of the zones of silence because it does not fit with the Bangladeshi discourse around the war. Nor does it fit Pakistan’s convenient discourse, especially after a 2008 high court decision granted them Bangladeshi citizenship. We at AlalODulal feel it is crucial to highlight those left behind in multiple nation projects.
Photo: Zaid Islam
ALAL O DULAL analyses RMG 10 point manifesto
by Irfan Chowdhury, Farhad Mahmud and Zia Hassan for AlalODulal.org
by Faruk Wasif, translated from Bengali by Tibra Ali for AlalODulal.org.
© Rajib Dhar / Dhaka Tribune
“I have no issue with religious politics, whatever religion it may be. But why do our current religious parties never do politics with the burning issues of the people? I think of religious politics as just another shop in the market-place of politics. Anyone may shop whatever they like, where is the problem with that? Yet, in these shops of Islamic politics there is no news about the liberation of either women or workers.”
Copyright: Awrup Sanyal
“Barring people’s sincere, spontaneous participation –their right to which is unquestionable – the overblown Janaza event serves no real purpose other than being a spectacle. It serves itself. It does not reflect upon the Dead’s soul or their lives – but upon a desperate clutch at straws by an organized political force that is drowning; it sheds light upon a scheming, listless, heartless, mindless rush to maximize – even during mourning periods and at the cost of anyone around – brand equity and relevance in National Politics.”
Copyright: Awrup Sanyal
“There is no mystery in the large crowd at the funeral. Golam Azam was an infirm old man. The party knew that this was going to happen, and prepared for it. For a well-organised party like Jamaat, how difficult is it to pull off a crowd if you have months (if not years) to prepare for?”
Defiled by the spit from Ghulam Azam’s Corpse
By Emon Sarwar
Freedom fighters, in this country, have killed the father-of-the-nation, the proclaimer-of-independence and military officers but not a single ‘Razakar’ (traitor). Exhausted by their brother-killing spree while they have ceased to kill, they are now fully indulged in character assassinations of each other.
Ghulam Azam, an unerasable scar
Signature of Ghulam Azam on a donation receipt to raise fund for “safeguarding the ideals of Pakistan”
by Zahur Ahmed for AlalODulal.org
Nations have always been polarised. As bad as they have been, though, those polarisations were seldom about a protagonist who tried his heart and soul to prevent the birth of a nation –– his motherland.