Beyond Black and White: Reflections on Racism and the Idea of Race

Black Lives Matter Protest, NYC, Nov 2014, Wikimedia Image

Black Lives Matter Protest, NYC, Nov 2014, Wikimedia Image

By Prashanta Tripura for

Baltimore is the latest flashpoint involving massive protests and outbreaks of violence in response to police brutality against Black youths in the US.  Not too long ago, similar turns of events unfolded in other American cities as well, e.g. in Ferguson, Missouri.  Continue reading

Touching The Untouchables 


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The politics involving various minority groups have become a veritable concern. Well-meaning views, dialogues, and inceptions of new laws are very important. Yet, unless and until the complacent ‘majority’ makes a conscious effort, even causes an outcry to promote and protect their ‘minority’ siblings’ rights, real change is very hard to imagine. For their society to be ‘vaguely equal’, the ‘majority’ has to come out defending the rights of ‘minority’ protesting, condemning, and help in prosecuting the perpetrators of all forms of discrimination. The country’s proposed Anti-Discrimination law, hopefully would provide impetus for such collective actions.

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The Glorious and Bloody History of Tamil Language Movement


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The Glorious and Bloody History of Tamil Language Movement

By Shafiqur Rahman for AlaloDulal

There is a widespread misinformation in our country that we, Bengalis, are the only nation to shed blood for establishment of language rights. Anyone with familiarity with history and rise of nationalism in the last three centuries would know that language rights have been forefront in many struggles of national self-determination in Europe and Asia. Continue reading

Our tragic tunes for Mandela are high level hypocrisy

© Faheem Haider for

© Faheem Haider for

“All the tragic tunes we sing for Nelson Mandela are fake. Our internalized racism and societal dehumanization is denied; so our tears for the black struggle through Nelson Mandela is a high level of hypocrisy.”

“ফলে নেলসন ম্যান্ডেলাকে নিয়ে আমরা যে মর্সিয়া গীতি গাচ্ছি তা ভুয়া। আমাদের অন্তর্গত রেসিজম এবং সমাজের ভেতর এই ডিহিউমানায়জেশান কে স্বীকার না করে, নেলসন ম্যান্ডেলার কালো মানুষের লড়াই নিয়ে আমাদের কান্নাকাটি একটা চরম লেভেলের হিপক্রেসি ছাড়া আর কিছুই নাই।” Continue reading

Trayvon Martin & Limon Hossain: Innocence on Trial

Trayvon Martin. Photo released by his family.

Trayvon Martin. Photo released by his family.

Trayvon Martin and Limon Hossain: Innocence on Trial
by Tibra Ali for

recently came across a chalked message on the sidewalk that summed up the media circus and the whole trial in one pithy remark: “Only in America does an innocent victim like Trayvon Martin have to stand trial for his own murder.” But the first thing that popped into my mind was how the “Only in America…” part is actually incorrect. In particular, I thought of the young Bangladeshi student Limon Hossain.

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Siddhartha Mitter: The Cartography of Bullshit

Max Fisher Cartography of Bullshit

“This week, Fisher proposed to his readers what he titled “A fascinating map of the world’s most and least racially tolerant countries.” The deepest-red, or most racially intolerant, countries were India, Bangladesh and Jordan. Russia and China fell in the middle; much of Africa was left out for lack of data, but South Africa came out light blue (highly tolerant), and Nigeria light red (highly intolerant). Other highly tolerant countries included Pakistan and Belarus.” Continue reading