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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
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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
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
Professor Muhammad Yunus is a man with formidable international name recognition, domestic popularity and civil society –donor acceptance. So he definitely is a rival to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at least in terms of clout and recognition. Is this the reason behind Mrs. Hasina and her Government’s self-immolating attempts to harass and undermine Professor Yunus? Is jealousy is the only factor behind the fact the whole state craft of Bangladesh spend months after months, whole cabinet spends two hours in special meeting and octogenarian Finance Minister makes it his magnum opus to somehow device a way for the state to remove Mr. Yunus from his high held position? Continue Reading
Photo Source: Abir Abdullah/EPA, from the Guardian UK.
The Story of Ward 27: Part 4, Why We Vote
by Nayma Qayum for AlalODulal.org
Why We Vote
Bashabo suffers from a dearth of basic resources. But residents not only vote in massive numbers, like much of Bangladesh, they repeatedly elect the same leaders. Their reasons for voting are multiple and complex. Most voted with the expectation that their chosen government would adopt policies that meet the country’s long-term needs. For this urban group, these included higher employment, greater freedoms, lower corruption, elimination of party-shontrash and better law enforcement.
When Freedom Emerges through Individuals~
by Rupam Dhrubo
I was born alone, and thus will I die. Am I a Muslim, or a Bengali, or a member of proletariat? These are what others shape me into. But the identity that exists before all these constructs is my own self. The individual me.
Constitutionalism Run Amuck
Democracy is a set of values; democracy is not a set of rules. If the people of the land cannot contain the values within themselves, no set of rules can keep democracy going.Continue Reading