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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The Story of Ward 27, Part 2: Parties, Politics, and Local Organizations

Map of Slums in Bashabo

Map of Slums in Bashabo

The Story of Ward 27, Part 2: Parties, Politics, and Local Organizations
by Nayma Qayum

Bashabo has always been a center for political activity. In 1971, those who joined Mukti Bahini  operated under Nazmul Kabir, commander of neighboring Romna Thana. The Bahini drew some of the area’s longtime residents; others supported the war in all the ways that they could. Continue Reading

The Story of Ward 27, Part 1: Setting the Stage

Partners, Brothers, Friends

Photo Credit: Shahryar Qayum

The Story of Ward 27:   Part 1, Setting the Stage
by Nayma Qayum

At first glance, Ward 27 comes across as the perfect sample of Dhaka city. Its wide roads, traffic congested and store-lined, give off an urban, commercial vibe. Dhakaiites know the ward as Bashabo, a crowded, happening, and connected locality.Continue Reading

Seema Amin: The art of dehumanization

May 5, 2013 © Mahmud Hossain Opu / Dhaka Tribune

May 5, 2013 © Mahmud Hossain Opu / Dhaka Tribune

The art of dehumanization
by Seema Amin

‘A door marked enemy and no one home.’ Tom Engelhardt.
‘If you repeat a lie enough times, it becomes the truth.’ Electra, my love (1974 Hungarian film).

It will not be too overcast to say the 21st century (Anno Domini, whose 12 years and some hundred days have passed) has thus far been the century of the “enemy-industrial complex”. Continue Reading

Running barefoot through the city of Barbie liberty and sexy grenades

© Mahmud Hossain Opu / Dhaka Tribune

© Mahmud Hossain Opu / Dhaka Tribune

Running barefoot through the city of Barbie liberty and sexy grenades
by Faruk Wasif, translated from Bengali by Nayma Qayum for AlalODulal.org

In the morning I saw four teenagers on the pavement across the street from Mohammadpur Central College. They wore the usual jobba-tupi, but no footwear. Those, they had lost in Motijheel, and could not buy another pair. Continue Reading

Seuty Sabur: It is the state who needs the holy trinity of nation-nationality-nationalism and a common enemy

Hefazat Amirul Rajiv

© Amirul Rajiv / Dhaka Tribune

It is the state who needs the holy trinity of nation-nationality-nationalism and a common enemy
by Seuty Sabur

It has been nine years since I have stopped watching TV daily. I always find it unsettling, especially the talk shows. For me it seems more logical to follow the news online, check people’s reaction on social media. I can’t handle the TV for more than 10 minutes, even in the time of national/international ‘crises’. Continue Reading

Shabnam Nadiya: To BGMEA, How To Maintain Bangladesh’s Shining Image Abroad in Five Easy Steps

© Daily Star

© Daily Star


To BGMEA: How To Maintain Bangladesh’s Shining Image Abroad in Five Easy Steps
Guest Post by Shabnam Nadiya

1. Stop thinking that ‘compliance’ is a word to keep international buyers happy and begin to understand that it has to do with the safety of people. People like you and me. People whose labor creates that shining Bangladesh in the first place. People whose actual labor builds your fortunes.Continue Reading