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)

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© 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

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© 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

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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

Muhammad Yunus and the Terminator

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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

The Story of Ward 27: Part 4, Why We Vote

Photo Source: Abir Abdullah/EPA, from the Guardian UK.

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.

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Rupam Dhrubo: When Freedom Emerges through Individuals

When Freedom Emerges through Individuals~
by Rupam Dhrubo

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The Self
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.

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