Monajatuddin: The Minstrel Journalist

Monajatuddin (photo: Pabna News)

Monajatuddin (source: Pabna News)

by Adnan R. Amin for AlalODulal.org

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

Heroes and Leaders

Ziaur Rahman. Source: Internet.

Ziaur Rahman. Source: Internet.

Heroes and Leaders

by Shafiqur Rahman for AlalODulal.org

“The art of projecting leaders as heroes is as old as human civilization. For a country beset with rivalry of heroic leadership we have remarkable little discussion of psychological underpinnings behind this atavistic urge.”

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Not a mindless atrocity but an atrocity of ‘war’

Death relieves his pain |  www.thedailystar.net

Death relieves his pain |
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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

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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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