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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The Journey from Shyamapuja to Diwali

Copyright: Manisha Dasgupta

Copyright: Manisha Dasgupta

For India, it took the shape of Hindu right-wing and their counter-imposition of a false construct of Hindu and Indian identity. The irrelevant political force of Hindutva took the centre-stage, asserting its claim on the identity of ‘Indian-ness’ and ‘Hindu-ness’. And like any two compatible hegemony, down the lane, there were a political pact between the two. Once it was realised that the gullible globalised middle-class can be bought and bribed and made to want almost anything with enough packaging and with enough lucre, the only question remained how long it would take.

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Munier Chowdhury’s Son Speaks: Death of Golam Azam – Time to Seriously Reflect and Act

Munier Chowdhury. Source: Asif Munier.

Munier Chowdhury. Source: Asif Munier.

“One of the reasons that so far GA and JI got all the leniency and privileges is partly due to the divisions in the anti JI, pro war crimes trials and Shahbagh/Projonmo Chottor lobbies.”
[Asif Munier is the son of Munier Chowdhury, a playwright and intellectual killed by Al Badr forces in 1971. He is the Vice President of Projonmo 71, an organization of the children of the martyrs of the liberation war of Bangladesh]
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Nothing’s Sacred Anymore – Ghulam Azam’s Funeral

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Copyright: Awrup Sanyal

“Barring people’s sincere, spontaneous participation –their right to which is unquestionable – the overblown Janaza event serves no real purpose other than being a spectacle. It serves itself. It does not reflect upon the Dead’s soul or their lives – but upon a desperate clutch at straws by an organized political force that is drowning; it sheds light upon a scheming, listless, heartless, mindless rush to maximize – even during mourning periods and at the cost of anyone around – brand equity and relevance in National Politics.”

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Spitting, Smiling (Ghulam Azam’s) Corpse

Defiled by the spit from Ghulam Azam’s Corpse

By Emon Sarwar

Photo: bdnews24.com

Freedom fighters, in this country, have killed the father-of-the-nation, the proclaimer-of-independence and military officers but not a single ‘Razakar’ (traitor). Exhausted by their brother-killing spree while they have ceased to kill, they are now fully indulged in character assassinations of each other. 

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Ghulam Azam, an unerasable scar

Ghulam Azam, an unerasable scar

Signature of Ghulam Azam on a donation receipt to raise fund for “safeguarding the ideals of Pakistan”

Signature of Ghulam Azam on a donation receipt to raise fund for “safeguarding the ideals of Pakistan”

by Zahur Ahmed for AlalODulal.org

Nations have always been polarised. As bad as they have been, though, those polarisations were seldom about a protagonist who tried his heart and soul to prevent the birth of a nation –– his motherland.

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Ghulam Azam vs. Bangladesh: Quotes from Daily Sangram ’71

Ghulam Azam speaking at a Jamaat programme during Liberation War. Source: The Daily Star, Bangladesh.

Ghulam Azam speaking at a Jamaat programme during Liberation War. Source: The Daily Star, Bangladesh.


Ghulam Azam Against Bangladesh: Quotes from Daily Sangram ’71
“In order to resist the criminals I am appealing to supply arms to the people who believe in the ideal and unity of the country [of Pakistan.]” —  Ghulam Azam, Daily Sangram, 29 August 1971.

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