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

Zia Hassan: I don’t recognize this verdict as anything other than yet another move in the post-Shabag election game plan

The killing fields of Rayer Bazar

The killing field of Rayer Bazar, 1971.

I am sorry to say that I don’t recognize this verdict as anything other than yet another move in the post-Shabag election game plan

by Zia Hassan, translated by Tibra Ali for AlalODulal.org

One of the lessons learned from Shahbag is that if you relax your ethical standards even the tiniest bit, it eventually backfires and that even the slightest unethical stance on a moral issue will ultimately tarnish your just cause.Continue Reading

Is Dhaka the last remaining Bastion of the state?

AFP Photo

AFP Photo

I will not be as sensational, as dramatic and as much a pessimist to compare current day Bangladesh to Syria. Bangladesh is not Syria and I strongly believe Bangladesh will NOT become Syria or even Sri Lanka.  Bangladsh will move on, leave these mess behind and keep on with life, a difficult life- but Bangladeshis are very much used to that life.

But, the way our government is behaving like giving up on rest of Bangladesh, even the second and third largest cities Chittagong and Rajshahi, the commercial capital and the capital of North Bengal respectively, only to somehow keep capital Dhaka isolated from opposition forces, I see an eerie similarity with Syrian Government hunkering down to safeguard its last remaining bastion, Damascus.Continue Reading

And meanwhile, in Kolkata …

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Scanned copy of KALAM newspaper


For any non-Bangladeshis even remotely following politics and events in that country, it is clear that the situation on the ground is getting very bad. But not to worry. When things get too problematic, you know you can always rely on your armchair activist brothers across the border to speak up for you. Heard that before? If not from us your interfering neighbors, from your domestic dalals selling your country’s interests? Well, here’s news about an unusual show of support just a hop and a skip away from Satkhira.Continue Reading

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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The Jamaat Factor

jamaat-train

A train set on fire by activists of the Jamaat-e-Islami Bangladesh

Delwar Hossain Sayedee, an Islamic preacher and a senior leader of Jamaat-e-Islami Bangladesh, the country’s largest Islam-pasand party, was sentenced to death on 28 February for war crimes committed during the 1971 Liberation War. Within hours, Jamaat cadres and activists clashed violently with police and law enforcement agencies. Scores have been killed in some of the worst political violence the country has experienced in recent years.

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Deep Politics, Part 2: One-eyed world of the “civil war” roadmap

Deep Politics, Part 2:  One-eyed world of the “civil war” roadmap
by Faruk Wasif; translated by Tibra Ali

©bdnews24

©bdnews24

In boxing, fighters need to be alert of each other’s every move. The hunter too targets his prey using only one eye. He is not interested in widening his field of vision. But freedom fighters cannot afford to just focus on eliminating the enemy, they must also keep an eye on the political and ideological aspects of the situation. They need to widen their field of view of the world. The political chase is not the same as giving chase to a band of robbers. Continue Reading