Known Unknowns of the Class War

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Courtesy Naeem Mohaiemen

by Naeem Mohaiemen

When you turn to page 186 of In the Light of What We Know, you encounter an illustration. The novel’s two main characters have by this point discussed many things, and readers may have already been craving visual aids. But this is the first time the text is interrupted by a diagram. You sense, therefore, the arrival of a crucial digression. Continue reading

Boomerang

Before Shahbag. Police pepper spray and water cannon Communist Party strike. Source: BdNews24.com

Before Shahbag. Police pepper spray and water cannon Communist Party strike. Source: BdNews24.com

Boomerang
by Naeem Mohaiemen
[Edited version of this was published in Dhaka Tribune]

When you ask an already powerful state to expand their powers further, so as to pummel those you oppose, don’t be surprised if the state also decides to use that power against you. Continue reading

Killing Print Culture: Must FORUM Die?

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Daily Star has announced that FORUM, it’s long-running monthly magazine, will close down as a “cost-saving” measure. FORUM was originally published in the 1960s/70s, with an editorial board that included Hameeda Hossain, Rehman Sobhan, and others. It was revived in the 00’s with Zafar Sobhan as editor. For last few years, Kajalie Shahreen Islam is the editor. It is the country’s only monthly magazine of serious, long-form, non-fiction essays in English. Continue reading