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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AOD Interviews Kabir Suman — Kobigan, the lost musical heritage of Bengal and more

Photo: Awrup Sanyal

Photo: Awrup Sanyal

Kabir Suman, a songwriter, a singer, a musician, a journalist, an author, an activist, and an ex-parliamentarian (Lok Sabha, Parliament of India, 2009-2014), probably needs little introduction. About a quarter century back when Suman burst into the musical firmament of Bengal it was a never-before-seen phenomenon in the contemporary cultural world of Bengal — he had an instant cult following. In this exclusive interview with AlalODulal Suman talks about music, religion, and Bengal. Continue reading

Open Letter to Narendra Modi

By Nadine Murshid for AlalODulal.org

Narendra Mod. Photo: Forbes

Narendra Modi. Photo: Forbes

OPEN LETTER TO NARENDRA MODI

Dear Mr. Modi,

It has come to our attention that you are about to head the next government in India. Many congratulations. It has also come to our attention that you have been saying un-neighborly things about us, Bangladesh and Bangladeshis. We are deeply hurt by your comments, but we are open to forgiveness. We are not the forgiving type, really, but we do make exceptions. And we will for you if you carefully consider the following: Continue reading

Is this the Bangladesh we wanted? Analyzing the Hindu Population Gap (2001-2011)

Members of the Hindu community returning to Obhoynagar, Jessore. Many of their homes were gutted and looted by Jamaat-Shibir activists right after the national polls. Photo source: Dhaka Tribune.

Members of the Hindu community returning to Obhoynagar, Jessore. Photo source: Dhaka Tribune.

Is this the Bangladesh we wanted?

Analyzing the Hindu Population Gap (2001-2011)

by Garga Chatterjee and Naeem Mohaiemen for AlalODulal.org

In October 2012, Prothom Alo published a frightening report that stated, in plain words, that over the last decade (which spans a BNP, an AL, and a Military “CTG” government), the Hindu population of Bangladesh has dropped dramatically and continuously. Continue reading

Timothy Khyang: What about my right to celebrate Christmas?

Christmas Festival at Dhaka's Bottomely School Ground, Dec 17 - 18, 2009. Photo credit: Amio James Ascension. Source: Flickr.

Christmas Festival at Dhaka’s Bottomely School Ground, Dec 17 – 18, 2009. Photo credit: Amio James Ascension. Source: Flickr.

Timothy Khyang: What about my right to celebrate Christmas?

Translated by Trimita Chakma for AlalODual.org

Three years ago from today in 2010, the 47th batch of MBA was sitting for the final exams at UITS’s (University of Information Technology and Sciences) campus in Chittagong. Out of the 45 students two of us were Christians, Alex Leo Kraolie and I. The exam schedule was published one week before the exams and I noticed that there was an exam on 25th December, on Christmas Day. Continue reading

Where is the Antidote to Communalism?

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Where is the Antidote to Communalism?

by Faruk Wasif, translated by Prof Farida Khan for AlalODulal

As a Muslim nation, the state of Bangladesh can never grant freedom to Hindus. Neither can it give full citizenship rights to Muslims. The latter can marry four times in the country but they cannot receive what we could call autonomy of citizenship. In this nation, Hindus will be subject to Hindu Inheritance laws but they will be shunned from the benefits of Secular Law. This type of nation does not recognize a citizen of Bangladesh; it only recognizes Hindus and Muslims. Continue reading

Allama Shafi: The Tetul Misogynist

Allma Shafi, the leader of Hefazat-e-Islam.  He is also the rector of Al-Jamiatul Ahlia Darul Ulum Moinul Islam in Hathazari Chittagong, and the chairman of Bangladesh Qawmi Madrasah Education Board of Bangladesh. Photo source: www.asiapostbd.com

Allma Shafi, the leader of Hefazat-e-Islam. He is also the rector of Al-Jamiatul Ahlia Darul Ulum Moinul Islam in Hathazari Chittagong, and the chairman of Bangladesh Qawmi Madrasah Education Board of Bangladesh. Photo source: http://www.asiapostbd.com

The Tetul Misogynist
by Samara Mortada for AlalODulal.org

Not many have missed the video of Allama Shafi, or at least not heard/read about it, in which he compares women to tamarind (tetul) fruit. Continue reading