Apsari Chakma: Life in the School Room

The author. Source: Thotkata.net

The author. Source: Thotkata.net

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

A Period of (Unprecedented) Consequences

by Risalat Khan for AlalODulal.org

Social Movements © Awrup Sanyal
Social Movements © Awrup Sanyal
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.
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TUBA STRIKE: What a country have we become!

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TUBA STRIKE: What a country have we become!
by Faruk Wasif for Prothom Alo, translated by Irfan Chowdhury for AlalODulal.org
Kidnappers demand ransom after taking innocents hostage. Prisoners are exchanged during wars. But what sort of ransom is being sought for the Tuba Group, where sixteen hundred workers are made captive? If their co-owner, the arrested Delwar Hossain, is not released, the workers will not be paid. Nowhere in the company law is it mentioned that other business-partners will not be able to withdraw money from the accounts in the absence of a partner. The Tuba Group has made this case and Delwar Hossain’s bail has been granted.

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.

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Justice Habibur Rahman (1928-2014)

© Monirul Alam

© Monirul Alam

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

Sadly, it is us, not them

© Faheem Haider for AlalODulal.org

© Faheem Haider for AlalODulal.org

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.
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লুটেরা পরিবারতন্ত্রের বাহির থেকে এই দেশে পরিবর্তন আনার একটা উপায় সম্পর্কে আলোচনা- পর্ব ২ |একটা সম্ভাব্য রাস্তা

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

The prequel to the doomsday – or the impossibility of it

TOPSHOTS-BANGLADESH-POLITICS-UNREST-RELIGION-BLASPHEMY

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