Her husband, Shomlal Das quietly preparing for her cremation. They forgot to bring sindhoor. She is a married dead. She must wear sindhoor, someone from the small crowd whispered. They opened the bodybag. Part of her face was smashed, there was barely any hairline. Shomlal sprinkled sindhoor on her face... He pauses and sighs, “the government officer just treat every dead as muslim.”
© 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
“Journalist brother. You are a Hindu, I am a Hindu. Please don’t do any more harm to me. You know, how Hindus have to live in this country. Rana Plaza collapsed on top of my house and office. Four of my staff and three of my house help died. After the accident, goods were looted from my house. I can’t even go into my own house.” Continue reading
200 year-old Kali temple in Rajoir upazila of Madaripur in ruins after it was burned down by fanatics on Thursday. Photo: Star
Guest Post by Dipen Bhattacharya
There is nothing new here, move on. Just another temple.
Outrage? No, no, that’s not reserved for you! Continue reading
319 attacks on Hindu properties in 24 days © Prothom Alo
If you come to kill, I will say, I too am Hindu, I too am Minority, the land that is burning is my country
by Faruk Wasif, translated from Bengali by Naeem Mohaiemen
When the Tamil massacres were happening, we came to shahbag with slogans “we are all Tamil.” When the Rohingya massacres happened, we protested that too. We protested killings in Iraq, we said we were Kashmiri when youth were being killed in Kashmir. Bu what about today?
Recently we had an internal debate on the merits and demerits of Amar Desh as a newspaper. My argument was that it’s news/editorial policy had a noticeable anti-Hindu stance to it.
Asked to gather evidence to support this, I did so unscientifically.
I went to google.com and searched the word হিন্দু for 3 newspaper sites – Amar Desh, Prothom Alo and Amader Shomoy.
Nipu Sheel, Chittagong. © Anurup Kanti Das
With all its flaws, Taslima Nasreen’s Lajja (1993) diagnosed the crisis at the heart of Bangladeshi identity. On the last page, after a week of violent communal riots, the Bengali Hindu family is finally defeated…“Shudhamoy was walking while leaning on Kiranmayee’s shoulder. Gradually the strength was coming back to his body. Kiranmayee held on to Shudhamoy with both hands.