Posts by Rumi

The prequel to the doomsday – or the impossibility of it


by Rumi Ahmed for AlaloDulal

The last installment of this analysis tried to explain government’s suicidal fixation on undermining Professor Muhammad Yunus. One possible explanation, as alluded to in that piece- was precision pre-planning for a future where Muhammad Yunus could have been the only formidable stature standing while the whole opposition spectrum is decimated – jailed – removed. Continue reading

Three videos, three reactions and one loser

Writing this blog was extremely difficult. Because this blog forced me to watch part of some gruesome videos of public lynching and listen to some poor soul’s last cries for life and see beastly traits of mankind. In most cases I turned off the video during the chopping beating scenes. I apologize to AoD readers for posting these gruesome videos, although I guess most of you have already come across this videos through social media. I will strongly advise viewers discretion before watching the videos.

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M Ilias Ali : His right to be dead

Some religious rituals have taken a deeper root in our Bengali Muslim culture than the others. Despite aggression of Wahhabi traits and anti- Sufi onslaught, two rituals, Kulkhani – a Sufi tradition and Chehlam- A Shi’ite tradition have remained strongly ingrained in Bengali Muslim psych. When someone dies in this society, the survivors and the society feel extremely passionate to conduct these two rituals for the salvation of the soul of the departed and to be able to end the formal mourning and move on.

This was Ilias Ali's Facebook Profile Picture

This was Ilias Ali’s Facebook Profile Picture

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Status Quo versus those crazy 13 points, a nonagenarian cleric and the angry young men

Photo: Saiful Islam

Photo: Saiful Islam

The whole country is still in a standstill after the Long March and Dhaka rally of Hefazate Islam. Hefazate Islam, a conglomerate of several thousands Madrassahs across the country, announced this long march program to press their 13 point demand. Their 13 point demands are the following,

1. Reinstate the phrase ” Complete trust and faith in Allah” in the constitution and abolish all laws contradicting the dictates of Quran and Sunnah.
2. National Parliament must pass new law with provision of highest capital punishment for blasphemy.
3. The Murtad atheist bloggers who are leading Shahbag movement and speaking ill of prophet Muhammad ( SM) and Islam must be punished and all the anti Islam campaign must be stopped. Continue reading

The Tale of the Dead

Amar Desh Photo

Amar Desh Photo

Since the beginning of Shahbag square movement, especially  since the death sentence announcement of Jamaat leader Delwar Hossain Sayedee, violent confrontation caused the loss of a lots of lives. As there has not been any effort to tabulate an exact death toll, it is very difficult to say precisely how many people died during the last two months of political unrest. A sample count of  daily death tolls reports on different violent days during the last 30 days following Sayedee verdict, it is clearly evident that the number of death is very high, unprecedented in the history of post 71 Bangladesh.
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Love that Country

It was early or mid 1980s. I am just finishing my high school.  1972 Bangla film ওরা এগারো জন  Ora Egaro Jon, was re-released in theaters across the country. In mine and many others’ opinion, ওরা এগারো জন is one of the ten best movies ever made in Bangladesh. This movie, made by freedom fighter turned director, Chashi Nazrul Islam and starred by Razzak, Shabana as well as star freedom fighters like Khasru, Nantu etc,  is one of the best 1971 related movies ever made. Continue reading

Air Ambulance to Singapore

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Mr. Zillur Rahman, The President of Bangladesh, recently passed away while undergoing treatment in Singapore. May his soul rest in peace. His role as a trusted lieutenant to Bangabandhu Mujib and later to Mujib daughter Sheikh Hasina is laudable. He was rewarded for his loyalty, specially for staying loyal to tradition during post 1/11 days.  He was a better human being than most in political scene in Bangladesh.

He also is the first sitting President of Bangladesh who could die a normal death. He however is the 3rd Rahman who could become president and is the 3rd one to die a president of Bangladesh, as both other Rahmans who could become President also died in office. This reason of this post, however, is not to speculate who would become the next President of Bangladesh. Phantombd is there to do these sort of speculations.
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The Killer Instinct of Transparency International Bangladesh

According to the website of Berlin Based Transparency international, the vision of the organization is a world in which government, politics, business, civil society and the daily lives of people are free of corruption.

And it’s mission, as mentioned in the same website, is to stop corruption and promote transparency, accountability and integrity at all levels and across all sectors of society.

But when one looks at some of acts of Transparency International’s Bangladesh outlet ( Transparency Internation Bangladesh, TIB)- it is very difficult to match those acts with the mission and vision of Transparency International.

Lets look at some of the recent statements of TIB.
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In search of Moral High Ground

So this is one side of the story. Facebook was used to incite emotion among naive Muslims of Bangladesh. A photo of Kaaba Gilaaf exchange ceremony was broadcast as a rally to vouch for Sayedee as a scholar. The Daily Star’s Zulfikar Ali Manik published a front page story with full “gotcha” vigor.

Here is the image of the forgery. Unknown cyber criminals initiated it, a few rightist newspapers published it


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