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
Hindus and Muslims
by Kazi Nazrul Islam
Translated by Tibra Ali for AlalODulal.org
One day I was discussing the Hindu-Muslim problem with Gurudev Rabindranath. Gurudev said: Look, you can cut the tail that’s on the outside, but who can cut the tail that’s inside? Continue reading
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
“We would have seen reconstruction work to build these Hindu temples and houses, if ‘They’ exerted any pressure. But it did not happen. I dearly wish that that Sathiya would prove me wrong. It would stop the corrosion of our bones.”
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
Bangladesh: Where Puja and Eid meet
by Tarek Chowdhury for AlalODulal.org
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