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

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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