Piash Karim (1958-2014) : Language, nation, and multiplicity

Piash Karim

Piash Karim


“One doesn’t have to succumb to a teleological faith in historical progress to ascertain that language-based nationalism is a step forward from its religion-based counterpart. But it is also equally true that like any other form of identity, linguistic identity also includes some at the expense of others.”
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Part 2: Civil Society, A Recent Experience

Part –2: Civil Society: A Recent Experience

By Debapriya Bhattacharya

(as read in a speech in the Faculty of History, University of Dhaka); translated from Prothomalo for AlalOdulal by Irfan Chowdhury

Copyright: antiquiet.com

Copyright: antiquiet.com

Philippines ‘Yellow Revolution’ of 1986, the anti-Marcos uprising, signalled arrival of a new phase of civil unrests. The role and definition of ‘Civil Society’ took a new form and opened up debates due to sensational civil movements across the word in the 90s. In particular, roles of middle and eastern European neo-civil-societies in spreading the concept of a ‘new-democracy’, following the demise of the USSR, were noticeable. Civil Society and its various organisations also led a number of mass-protests on the face of the financial crisis in 2008 using the slogans –‘Occupy Wall Street’, ‘We Are the 99 Per Cent’ and so on. Perhaps Bangladesh’s experience with Gonojagoron Moncho should be read from this perspective.

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The Selling of Lalon Phokir

2007, the first time Grameenphone sponsored Lalan. Photo: Amdadul Haq

2007, the first time Grameenphone sponsored Lalan. Photo: Amdadul Haq


The Selling of Lalon Phokir
by Zaid Islam for AlalODulal.org

Lalon Phokir has always been important to us for the past hundred years. But recently he has become just another venture to cash in on. Starting from individuals all the way to corporate houses and agencies have all realised that a “little bit of Lalon” is required to spice things up. Continue reading

Apsari Chakma: Life in the School Room

The author. Source: Thotkata.net

The author. Source: Thotkata.net

When I was very little my mother used to tell me all kinds of bedtime fairytale stories. I used to think that the fairy princesses from these stories were supremely happy and content. You could say, my life now is the exact opposite of their lives.

Life in the School Room

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