Golam Azam is dead.

by Nadine Shaanta Murshid for AlalODulal.org

“I wonder. Did he consider his life’s work done: radicalization of people, sowing the dreams of the inevitable Islamic Caliphate that would drive away jahillyya one day from this land of the impure? Did he think he died a hero, a martyr, and an uncompromising leader for many? Particularly the people who think he was wrongly convicted? The people who he turned using religion – Islam – as a political tool?”

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The Trial of David B.

David Bergman. Source: The Daily Star.

David Bergman. Source: The Daily Star.

The Trial of David B.
by Tibra Ali

“Someone must have slandered Josef K., for one morning, without having done anything truly wrong, he was arrested.”—Franz Kafka, “The Trial”

I was reminded of Kafka’s novel when I heard that the charge of contempt of court has been brought against the Bangladesh based British journalist David Bergman. Continue reading

Placing the Voices of Shahbag in Modern Narratives of Transnational Youth Protest – Part 2

Photograph: Kazi Sudipto/ Demotix/Corbis. Source: The Guardian, U.K.

Photograph: Kazi Sudipto/ Demotix/Corbis. Source: The Guardian, U.K.

 

If trolling through history reveals involvement of youth in political or socioeconomic upheavals, in case of Bangladesh their raison d’etre has been simple and straightforward: to bring about (political) change. Continue reading

Placing the Voices of Shahbag in Modern Narratives of Transnational Youth Protest – Part 1

Shahbagh Square, Day 2. Image: BdNews24.com

Shahbagh Square, Day 2. Image: BdNews24.com

If trolling through history reveals involvement of youth in political or socioeconomic upheavals, in case of Bangladesh their raison d’etre has been simple and straightforward: to bring about (political) change. Continue reading

Zia Hassan: I don’t recognize this verdict as anything other than yet another move in the post-Shabag election game plan

The killing fields of Rayer Bazar

The killing field of Rayer Bazar, 1971.

I am sorry to say that I don’t recognize this verdict as anything other than yet another move in the post-Shabag election game plan

by Zia Hassan, translated by Tibra Ali for AlalODulal.org

One of the lessons learned from Shahbag is that if you relax your ethical standards even the tiniest bit, it eventually backfires and that even the slightest unethical stance on a moral issue will ultimately tarnish your just cause. Continue reading

My father would have been 87

Tanvir Haider Chaudhury (age 3) with his father Prof. Mufazzal Haider Chaudhury. Source: Tanvir family album, with permission.

Tanvir Haider Chaudhury (age 3) with his father Prof. Mufazzal Haider Chaudhury. Source: Tanvir family album, with permission.

My father would have been 87
by Tanvir Haider Chaudhury

It was my father’s birthday yesterday. Professor Mufazzal Haider Chaudhury would have been 87. He never got to approach that age because he was tortured and murdered at 45, the same age as I am now, by the Al-Badr militia. In 1971. Continue reading

Deep Politics 3: Dark times ahead for the Liberation War bloc

Rajshahi, Islami Chatra Shibir activists beat policeman with his helmet © Focus Bangla

Rajshahi, Islami Chatra Shibir activists beat policeman with his helmet © Focus Bangla


Deep Politics 3: Beware! Dark times ahead for the Liberation War bloc!

By Faruk Wasif , Translated by Tibra Ali

What was cat became a handkerchief. The movement to eliminate atheists has emerged as the opposition to the movement to bring the war-criminals to justice. The League government, mired in corruption and having betrayed the Shahbag movement, has no option but to compromise. Continue reading

And meanwhile, in Kolkata …

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Scanned copy of KALAM newspaper


For any non-Bangladeshis even remotely following politics and events in that country, it is clear that the situation on the ground is getting very bad. But not to worry. When things get too problematic, you know you can always rely on your armchair activist brothers across the border to speak up for you. Heard that before? If not from us your interfering neighbors, from your domestic dalals selling your country’s interests? Well, here’s news about an unusual show of support just a hop and a skip away from Satkhira. Continue reading