“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.”
From the picturesque, sleepy, tucked away town of Hamilton to the chaotic city of Kolkata, from the Mexican town of Iguala to bustling streets of Hong Kong to the suburban district outside of Denver, Colorado, students were out.
Evaluation of civil-society – and some debate
By Debapriya Bhattacharya
(as read in a speech in the Faculty of History, University of Dhaka); translated from Prothomalo for AlalOdulal by Irfan Chowdhury Continue reading
When I was very little my mother used to tell me all kinds of bedtime fairytale stories. I used to think that the fairy princesses from these stories were supremely happy and content. You could say, my life now is the exact opposite of their lives.
Life in the School Room
by Apsari Chakma, translated by Tibra Ali for AlalODulal.org Continue reading
A Period of (Unprecedented) Consequences
by Risalat Khan for AlalODulal.org
But the world is changing. The seemingly disconnected events and trends are mere manifestations of something deeper – a neocolonial corporatocracy that controls virtually all major world affairs. It profits from the arms supplied to war and the culture of war, claims all of Mother Nature’s resources as property for its own greed, and condemns billions to poverty and starvation as casualties of progress. This social order – a dark evolution of the colonial era evils – is inculcated and protected by a system of unfettered neoliberal capitalism. But despite its meteoric rise to dominion, it is now desperately hiding the tears at its seams.Continue reading
Just as it is a crime to use hapless humans as shields in wars, the Tuba group has committed a crime by using hungry and wage-depraved workers. The Labour Minister has legitimised this use. The Shamim Osman(s) rely on the support of the party in power, and garment factory owners rely on the government support. What a dreadful situation.
Justice Habibur Rahman (1928-2014)
by Faruk Wasif, translated by Nadine Murshid for AlalODulal.org
Let people judge Justice Habibur Rahman. They have his writings to judge him by. I can only think of the last time I saw him. It was December 23, 2013 at his residence. When he saw me he cried ‘Ki hain’ (What’s up!), as he paced his roof. That’s how he was. Continue reading
Politics is hard work — are we willing?
by Jyoti Rahman, adapted from earlier version posted at Mukti
Will future historians think of 2013 as a pivotal year for Bangladesh? If they were to do so, it will not be because of anything that happened in the first half of this eventful year. Continue reading
Sadly, it is us, not them
by Srabanti Datta for AlalODulal.org
“If we take a thorough look, we’ll see that across every regime, we the citizens actually instigate, motivate, take part in, and take benefits of all the system malfunctions, regulation maneuvers, corruptions, power-abuses, non-performances, in numerous ways at every level.“
ছোট কালে, প্রাথমিক স্কুলের চয়নিকা বই এ এক মৃত্যু পথ যাত্রী পিতার গল্প আমরা অনেকেই পড়েছি | যেইখানে পিতা তার পাচ সন্তান কে ডেকে তাদের হাতে একটা করে লাঠি দিয়ে বলেছিল, লাঠি গুলো ভাঙ্গতে | সন্তানদের সবাই লাঠি গুলো ভাঙ্গতে পেরেছিল | এরপর পিতা, পাচ টা লাঠি এক করে প্রত্যেককে বলেছিল, লাঠির সেই বান্ডেলটাকে ভাঙ্গতে | তখন অনেক চেষ্টা করেও তারা কেও সেই বান্ডেল টাকে ভাঙ্গতে পারেনি | Continue reading