Courtesy Naeem Mohaiemen
Known Unknowns of the Class War
A review of Zia Haider Rahman’s In the Light of What We Know
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 Continue reading
Image: Daily Star
For some reason, today, I was looking again at those photos of Bishwajit Das, being chopped to death. Continue reading
Photo w/ Image Credit ON TOP OF image
Photography’s elusive credit line, and should we pirate Photoshop?
by Naeem Mohaiemen for AlalODulal
Photography’s attribution has entered increasingly contested waters as the internet has made photo sharing ever easier. Continue reading
Before Shahbag. Police pepper spray and water cannon Communist Party strike. Source: BdNews24.com
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
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
The “Islamists” burn newspapers when they are offended by a cartoon, the newspaper apologizes and fires the cartoonist. Later he spends months in jail, and eventually flees into exile in Europe.
The “Secularists” burn newspapers when they are offended by a story, the newspaper and author apologizes and withdraws the story from the website. Continue reading
Mohammad Shahjahan, ‘Smuggling of Antiquities worth one crore’ in Weekly Bichitra , November 18, 1977, p 1
David Nalin: friend or smuggler of antiquities?
Guest Post by Dr. Perween Hasan
I was surprised and angered to read a report in the daily Prothom Alo (March 30, 2013) entitled ‘ This country is destined to march forward: an interview with David Nalin, a friend from overseas’. Continue reading
Sometimes you wait your whole life to meet someone properly.
Shanu Lahiri is no more. A great and rare soul has left Kolkata and the earth.