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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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“Our struggle for self-determination and autonomy, meaning the struggle since 80’s decade, rape has been used by Bengali military and civilian men / administration / state as a weapon. Continue reading
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
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“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. Photo released by his family.
Trayvon Martin and Limon Hossain: Innocence on Trial
by Tibra Ali for AlalODulal.org
I 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.
As Faruque, a Bangladeshi-origin network engineer, turned to return to his meal, one of the other men said: “Yeah, he’s a f–king Arab,” leading to a brutal pummeling that dislocated Faruque’s left shoulder and left him semiconscious. Continue reading
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The Skin I’m In: Afro-Bengali Solidarity & Lost Histories of America
Naeem Mohaiemen reviews Vivek Bald’s “Bengali Harlem”
শাহবাগের আন্দোলন শুরু হয়েছিল মাত্র কয়েকজনের …
Photo : The bloggers who called for the Shahbag protest . source: facebook
Shahbag slogans: inclusion of diversity
- Muktasree Sathi Chakma
The Shahbag protest, demanding the death sentence for the war criminals of 1971’s independence war, began on February 5, 2013. The protest welcomed diverse groups, despite their distinct identities and, through its inclusive nature, demonstrated that the sun is finally rising on Bangladesh. Continue reading
Ramu Upazilla of Cox’s Bazaar district of Bangladesh usually comes to news when mad wild elephants attack localities and trample people to death. But this time, news of a different madness sent a chill through the spine of the whole nation. Through a night long mob attack and violence, dozens of Budhdhist temples, religious structures, monasteries, households were destroyed and burnt to ashes.
This is apparently the first communal attack on Buddhist minorities in Bangladesh. As Hindu and Pahari minorities used to be at the receiving end of almost all communal atrocities in Bangladesh, Buddhists coexisted peacefully with mainstream Muslims for centuries.