এটা কি বিএনপির নাকি বর্তমান রাজনীতিরই পূর্বঘোষিত মৃত্যুর দিনপঞ্জী!

Courtesy: Ronny Sen
Courtesy: Ronny Sen

“মাইনাস ওয়ান বা মাইনাস টু তাই বিপ্লবী আলখাল্লার আড়ালে একাত্তরে প্রতিষ্ঠিত স্বাধীন গণপ্রজাতন্ত্রী বাংলাদেশেরই মৃত্যু পরোয়ানা‍।” Continue reading

The selfie of power

 © Faheem Haider for AlalODulal.org

© Faheem Haider for AlalODulal.org

By Faruk Wasif for Prothom-Alo, translated by Alal O Dulal

A young woman, running along with groups of youth, slogans: Direct Action, Direct Action! Shahid Zia’s ‘patriotic’ devotional and jihadi songs are being echoed by the loudspeakers in Lalbagh. An old rickshaw-puller on the street is calling for establishment of ‘a Lawful Bangla’ against ‘the BNP – Jamaat – Sushils’.  Under the warmth of power, supporters of the Government are taking selfies in every corners. Continue reading

আমাদের নানু সুষমা বালা চাকমা : এক শহীদের মা

Susama Bala Chakma

আমাদের নানু সুষমা বালা চাকমা : এক শহীদের মা 

By Samari Chakma, Originally published in ThotKata

আচ্ছা নানু তোমার বয়স এখন কত?
‘জানিনা। আমাদের জন্মের বছর তারিখ কি মা বাবারা লিখে রেখেছিল? তবে মনে হয় আমার বয়স হবে এখন আশি বা তার বেশী।’

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Little Jihad left a few questions for Bangladesh!

Four year old Ziad who died having fallen into a narrow disused well by WASA.

Four year old Jihad who died having fallen into a narrow disused well by WASA.

Jihad showed that, this country takes 23 hours to rescue a 4 year old child. That it takes six hours for this country to turn on a [rescue] camera. That the fire service gets to the disaster site an hour and a half late. That the State Minister of this country misleads the people of the country, and meddles in the rescue operation of the fire service.

ছোট্ট জিয়াদ গোটা বাংলাদেশের কাছে অনেকগুলো প্রশ্ন রেখে গেল!

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Known Unknowns of the Class War

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Courtesy Naeem Mohaiemen

by Naeem Mohaiemen

When you turn to page 186 of In the Light of What We Know, you encounter an illustration. The novel’s two main characters have by this point discussed many things, and readers may have already been craving visual aids. But this is the first time the text is interrupted by a diagram. You sense, therefore, the arrival of a crucial digression. Continue reading

Us and Them

By Saba Homaira Ahmad

Copyright: Syed Zakir Hossain, Dhaka Tribune

Copyright: Syed Zakir Hossain, Dhaka Tribune

“Saba makes a great point: there is something to be said about elitism in ‘civil society.’ It is worth asking why the sense of disenfranchisement among students exists in the first place” – Navine Murshid, Assistant Professor of Political Science, Colgate University 

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