Placing the Voices of Shahbag in Modern Narratives of Transnational Youth Protest – Part 2

Photograph: Kazi Sudipto/ Demotix/Corbis. Source: The Guardian, U.K.

Photograph: Kazi Sudipto/ Demotix/Corbis. Source: The Guardian, U.K.

 

If trolling through history reveals involvement of youth in political or socioeconomic upheavals, in case of Bangladesh their raison d’etre has been simple and straightforward: to bring about (political) change. Continue reading

Placing the Voices of Shahbag in Modern Narratives of Transnational Youth Protest – Part 1

Shahbagh Square, Day 2. Image: BdNews24.com

Shahbagh Square, Day 2. Image: BdNews24.com

If trolling through history reveals involvement of youth in political or socioeconomic upheavals, in case of Bangladesh their raison d’etre has been simple and straightforward: to bring about (political) change. Continue reading

Perils of Bollywood-Dhallywood copying Amadmi to Am Janata Party of Bangladesh

Arvind Kejriwal in Bangalore © Creative Commons

Arvind Kejriwal in Bangalore ©Creative Commons

by Zia Hassan, translated by Nayma Qayum for AlalODulal.org

Those who want to float a party for the common people, who dream of rescuing Bangladesh from the two predators, must not only take away the name of Kejriwal’s Aam Aadmi Party. They must also learn from their 20 year-old activism. Continue reading

Memories Of Underdevelopment – Grand Alliance And The Third Force In Power Politics

© Faheem Haider

© Faheem Haider

Memories Of Underdevelopment – Grand Alliance And The Third Force In Power Politics

By Faruk Wasif, translated by Emon Sarwar for Alal ODulal

Friedrich Engels in his 1887 essay,  “The Role of Force in History”, (1) discussed the role of coercion in the history. Paris commune was an ideal model where peoples’ force overthrew the ‘System’. On the other hand, Prussia of Bismarck or Napoleon’s France is the classical examples of hegemonic force. Continue reading

When The Hungry Beasts Fight

Bodies lie crushed inside the mangled wreckage of a carriage of Padmarag Express at Burangi of Sagata upazila of Gaibandha yesterday after opposition activists removed fishplates of the track. Photo: Focus Bangla. Source: The Daily Star, Bangladesh.

Wreckage of Padmarag Express, Gaibandha. ©Focus Bangla/The Daily Star.

Two hungry beasts are fighting amongst themselves. We, the common people, are like sheep that are waiting to see which one will come and attack us.
by Zia Hassan for AlalODulal.org. Translated by Tibra Ali

There are many different languages for protest and demonstration. Continue reading

A Never Ending Duel On Course To Take More Lives

A Never Ending Duel On Course To Take More Lives

by Irfan Chowdhury for Alal O Dulal

Photo: Dhaka Tribune

Photo: Dhaka Tribune

This blog does not provide coverage of breaking news. As we stated in an editorial, we are a volunteer-run blog and do not have the resources to verify information in real-time. Thus our focus has been to produce long form analytical pieces. Yet, there emerge situations that demand “breaking news” coverage. The ongoing nationwide protests and blockades which have been reported to have taken many lives, we consider, is one such exceptional instance. Continue reading

The prequel to the doomsday – or the impossibility of it

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by Rumi Ahmed for AlaloDulal

The last installment of this analysis tried to explain government’s suicidal fixation on undermining Professor Muhammad Yunus. One possible explanation, as alluded to in that piece- was precision pre-planning for a future where Muhammad Yunus could have been the only formidable stature standing while the whole opposition spectrum is decimated – jailed – removed. Continue reading

The Rise of Mahmudur Rahman: Bangladesh Politics & Game Theory

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The Rise of Mahmudur Rahman: Bangladesh Politics & Game Theory
by Zia Hassan, translated from Bengali by AlalODulal.org (original Bengali at end)

Mahmudur Rahman. The country’s most divisive figure. And the country is clearly divided. Mahmudur Rahman is the unchallenged leader of one side of that division. BNP is now only a side-show. And I don’t think BNP realizes that yet. Continue reading

M Ilias Ali : His right to be dead

Some religious rituals have taken a deeper root in our Bengali Muslim culture than the others. Despite aggression of Wahhabi traits and anti- Sufi onslaught, two rituals, Kulkhani – a Sufi tradition and Chehlam- A Shi’ite tradition have remained strongly ingrained in Bengali Muslim psych. When someone dies in this society, the survivors and the society feel extremely passionate to conduct these two rituals for the salvation of the soul of the departed and to be able to end the formal mourning and move on.
 

This was Ilias Ali's Facebook Profile Picture

This was Ilias Ali’s Facebook Profile Picture

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If you come to kill, I will say, I too am Hindu, I too am Minority, this burning land is my country

319 attacks on Hindu properties in 24 days © Prothom Alo

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?
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