Shaptahik Pechal – Weekly Roundup
Shaptahik Pechal, our weekly round up of the must-read/watch/hear stories concerning Bangladesh this past week. Plus something to listen to with your Friday morning tea.
But first off, our W@nkers of the Week. In a choice that is sure to infuriate regular readers – infuriate more than usual that is – we have decided to honour these three BNP standing committee members as clear winners this past week: Dr Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain, Moudud Ahmed and Nazrul Islam Khan. And what got them there?
They carried on a practice that every right thinking Bangladeshi, even those who are not part of the Awami League hardcore, finds reprehensible. In Khaleda Zia’s absence, they decided to celebrate her birthday publicly on August 15, the day Sheikh Mujib and family were killed.
Look, lets suppose for a minute that August 15 really is her birthday. She has every right to celebrate it. But she is not some spoiled teenager who would freak out, just completely and utterly freak OUT if her friends did not celebrate her precious birthday simply because some old fart got killed. She is the leader of the opposition in a very, very adversarial political culture.
The best thing – if that were indeed the case, which it really does not appear to be – would be to simply celebrate a day before or after. Her continued obstinacy on this score has been one of the most shameful legacies she will leave behind. People like Nazrul Islam Khan and Moudud Ahmed need to tell her that. Instead, they treat her like the spoiled teenager her opponents desperately want her to look like.
Asif Nazrul gets emotional about Mujib and asks one poignant question about BAKSHAL.
A retired officer tries to reassure us that the army knows what it’s doing. His clinching argument: they are following a plan laid out for it in 1974. Err…
And death for his ambition – Ahmed Shafee
Transfer Aminul Islam case to CID, activists demand.
Taslima Nasrin on Humayun Ahmed.
Documentary on LGBT deshis
More on Romney and culture from one of the best writers in America.
Imran Khan featured in NYT as “doing something right”. Insight or yet another instance of parachute journalism?
Track of the week
Death for ambition leading to cries of havoc