Monajatuddin (source: Pabna News)
by Adnan R. Amin for AlalODulal.org
The works of Monajatuddin – the Minstrel Journalist – have had more of a shaping role in contemporary Bangladesh than that of many a politicians, development-pundits, editors or litterateurs. Take for example, the Child Marriage Restraint Act 2014, only recently okayed by the cabinet. It was Monajatuddin’s keen, investigative reporting on child marriage that informed and laid the groundwork for necessary social-debates and policy-making. Continue reading
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
David Bergman at Bangladesh High Court. ©bdnews24
First they came for by Rumi Ahmed
First they came for Mahmudur Rahman, and I did not speak out–
Because I was not a BNPwallah. Continue reading
Photo Credit @ Mumit M/ Dhaka Tribune
Narcissism of Small Differences: Some Comments on the T20 Debate and on Nationalism in the Era of Neoliberal Globalization
by Humayun Kabir for Alal O Dulal
The ICC T20 World Cup Theme Song and the Opening Ceremony have generated sizable controversy over the past weeks. Continue reading
Artists featured at the Bengal-ITC SRA Music Festival. © Dhaka Tribune.
Our Political Misomusists
by Tibra Ali for AlalODulal.org
It is an elementary fact of linguistics that the same word can carry different meanings. In particular, the word ‘Indian’ can have multiple meanings. Continue reading
© Ismail Ferdous/AP
She came to find her sister’s dead body after 10 days of Rana Plaza Garments Factory collapsedFriday May 3, 2013 in Savar near Dhaka, Bangladesh. More than 500 bodies have been recovered from the Bangladesh garment-factory building that collapsed last week, authorities said Friday after arresting an engineer who warned the building was unsafe but is also accused of helping the owner add three illegal floors to the structure
The Road to Court 21
by Seema Amin for AlalODulal.org
“O bleating without wool! O Wound!” Lorca
Prologue: the incidental messenger
‘Now you say the income of the Adamjis, Dauds and Isphanis have increased by 40 % and the income of the s have decreased by 5 %, then you make an average and you get Per Capita Income and you say Honey and Money and Milk is Flowing in the Economy. What happens to Coliuddin, Soliuddin and Rohiuddin?‘ Continue reading
© Zaid Islam
Does this photo need a caption?
by Zaid Islam
Does this photo need a caption, really?!
Photo w/ Image Credit ON TOP OF image
Photography’s elusive credit line, and should we pirate Photoshop?
by Naeem Mohaiemen for AlalODulal
Photography’s attribution has entered increasingly contested waters as the internet has made photo sharing ever easier. Continue reading
“[The beauty] industry affects us all… It affects us in the workplace. It affects us as students, workers, mothers, and daughters. And that is why we expect a certain degree of responsibility from that industry, because they are well positioned to make a positive difference with the influence they wield; as they have the ‘power of capital’ to create “false needs”; as Marcuse said, “totalitarianism can be imposed without terror.”
The ‘Attack’ on Sentiments
by Rupam Dhrubo
[Four bloggers were put in jail and thousands of people agitated causing mass violence, all due to one simple cause: the sentiment of some people got violated through non-violent act of mere writings. Some people think that physical aggression as retaliation against mental violation is bizarre and barbaric but for others it is entirely justified. In this writing I explore how Farhad Mazhar and his post-modernist relativist fellow ideologues find violation of sentiment to be an opportunity to advance their goal. Continue reading