An open Letter to the “major” who threatened to annihilate us, the indigenous peoples of Bangladesh

Screen shot of Facebook post by "Major" Rezaur Rahman who threatened "annihilate" the indigenous people of the Chittagong Hill Tracts.

Screen shot of Facebook post by “Major” Rezaur Rahman who threatened “annihilate” the indigenous people of the Chittagong Hill Tracts.

by Muktasree Chakma Sathi

Dear “Major” Rezaur Rahman,

Greetings from a person who belongs to the indigenous peoples of Bangladesh who you like to refer to with the derogatory terms “Upajati and Khappa”! First of all, let me clarify that along with my identity as an indigenous person I am a Bangladeshi as well. I am not yet sure whether you are in fact an army officer or not but your FB profile says you are. Continue reading

Multiculturalism in Bangladesh: where our political and intellectual debates end

By Fardin Hasin for Alal O Dulal

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The intellectual and political circles of Bangladesh have, for a long time, based their ideas and actions on or around a monolithic image of Bangladesh. Most discussions and debates have considered our ‘Bangalee’ identity as a constant, and the history of ‘Bangalees’ as linear; the other side of the story, as seen by much of the right-wing intelligentsia, seems to focus solely on our identity and history as ‘Muslims’. Both sides have a point, but we are all missing a greater part of the picture, that is, a country cannot progress in peace if it chooses to reduce all its citizens into a singular identity. Continue reading

Midnight’s Evangelists

"Bangladeshi migrants waiting for a flight home." by stablisation unit/DFID, licensed under CC by 2.0

“Bangladeshi migrants waiting for a flight home.” (photo: stablisation unit/DFID, licensed under CC by 2.0)

Each day, all year round, as Bangladesh goes to sleep – a group of fortunetellers, mystics, and magicians wake up to start casting their spell. You probably have never seen or heard them. Yet they are neither invisible nor quiet. In fact, they actually advertise their messages and locations loud and clear. Continue reading

All Hail The King!

Protests in Dhaka against execution of Bangladeshis in Saudi Arabia. ©Demotix/Firoz Ahmed http://www.demotix.com/news/874615/magic-movement-protests-bangledeshis-slaughtered-saudi-arabia#media-874442

Protests in Dhaka against execution of Bangladeshis in Saudi Arabia. ©Demotix/Firoz Ahmed
http://www.demotix.com/news/874615/magic-movement-protests-bangledeshis-slaughtered-saudi-arabia#media-874442

All Hail The King! Bangladesh government orders flags at half-mast to mourn the departed Saudi king, honoring a man who presided over decades of abuse of migrant South Asian workers, including beheading of 8 Bangladeshis in 2011. Continue reading