Monajatuddin: The Minstrel Journalist

Monajatuddin (photo: Pabna News)

Monajatuddin (source: Pabna News)

by Adnan R. Amin for

The works of Monajatuddin – the Minstrel Journalist – have had more of a shaping role in contemporary Bangladesh than that of many a politicians, development-pundits, editors or litterateurs. Take for example, the Child Marriage Restraint Act 2014, only recently okayed by the cabinet. It was Monajatuddin’s keen, investigative reporting on child marriage that informed and laid the groundwork for necessary social-debates and policy-making. Continue reading

Not a mindless atrocity but an atrocity of ‘war’

Death relieves his pain |

Death relieves his pain |

By Shafiqur Rahman for AlaloDulal

The boy Monir died at last after three days of indescribable pain from burning of 95% of his body. The whole country silently prayed that Monir die sooner than later, prayed so that the merciful god takes Monir in his peaceful embrace and deliver him from the hell on earth called Bangladesh. We have seen the pictures. Monir sitting on the ground with his whole body blackened with third degree burn. Monir’s father carrying the charred but still living body of his beloved son. No words can convey the thoughts and emotions that go through a sentiment human when watching these images. Continue reading

The Red Line and Failure of Intellectuals


The Red Line and Failure of Intellectuals

By ShafiqurRahman for Alalodulal

[In a democracy, public Intellectual have a duty to protest and indict when power centers in the state and government cross the red line. In Bangladesh, most of the intellectuals have failed time and time again to perform that sacred duty. By their failure, not only the intellectuals have become progressively irrelevant but they also have facilitated our slide down to illiberal state]

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The Indian Inter-river Linking Project and Bangladesh’s Looming Water Crisis


ভারতের আন্তঃনদী সংযোগ এবং বাংলাদেশের পানি সংকট মোকাবেলায় গৃহীতব্য পদক্ষেপ

A.K.M Wahiduzzaman


বাংলাদেশকে বলা হয় নদীমাতৃক দেশ। আক্ষরিক অর্থেই এই দেশটির জন্মদাত্রী মা হচ্ছে নদী। গঙ্গাব্রহ্মপুত্র, মেঘনাসহ প্রায় ৭০০টি নদী-উপনদীর বয়ে আনা পলি লক্ষাধিক বছর ধরে জমে জমে এই দেশটির জন্ম হয়েছে। মাত্র ১,৪৭,৫৭০ বর্গ কিলোমিটার আয়তনের এই দেশে নদীর দৈর্ঘ্য প্রায় ২৪,১৪০ কিলোমিটার। Continue reading

India sneezes, will we catch the cold?

The Reserve Bank of India, Mumbai

India sneezes, will we catch the cold?

By Jyoti Rahman   for

Just a year or so ago, the Indian economy was expected to be growing at a 8-9% pace, and people were talking about double digit growth into the 2020s.  Within a year, growth has slowed to 4.4%, without there being any major shock —no financial crisis, no balance of payments crisis, no major natural disaster, nor any particular political tension.  India just slowed, sharply.  It’s now expected to grow only at around 4-5% a year, at least in the near term.  Reflecting the slowdown, and the changed perception of India, the Indian rupee has taken a beating in recent weeks.

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The Story of Ward 27: Part 4, Why We Vote

Photo Source: Abir Abdullah/EPA, from the Guardian UK.

Photo Source: Abir Abdullah/EPA, from the Guardian UK.

The Story of Ward 27: Part 4, Why We Vote

by Nayma Qayum for

 Why We Vote

Bashabo suffers from a dearth of basic resources. But residents not only vote in massive numbers, like much of Bangladesh, they repeatedly elect the same leaders. Their reasons for voting are multiple and complex. Most voted with the expectation that their chosen government would adopt policies that meet the country’s long-term needs. For this urban group, these included higher employment, greater freedoms, lower corruption, elimination of party-shontrash and better law enforcement.

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Acceptance of Lesbian Love: Too Much to Expect?

Source: South Asia Journal

Source: South Asia Journal

Acceptance of Lesbian Love: Too Much to Expect?
By Syeda Samara Mortada for

Seema is a twenty something year old girl who is not sexually attracted to the opposite sex. When she finally understood this “problem” patent in her, she decided to keep it to herself. Since then, Seema has found many like-minded people around her, but whatever happens between them remains behind shut doors. ‘Living in Bangladesh as a lesbian is like living in hell’, says Seema.

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