Tag: awami league

  • The journalist who got too close

    ‘REPEAT a lie often enough and it becomes the truth’, is a law of propaganda often attributed to the Nazi Joseph Goebbels. The Bangladesh government seems to have studied Goebbels’ book well. The lies generally come in the form of denials. ‘No, we have not been involved in “crossfire” and “disappearances”.’ ‘There is no political…

  • RESISTING RAMPAL

    ‘Go back NTPC, get out India’ rahnuma ahmed Of all the slogans raised in protest against the coal power plant being built at Rampal in Bagerhat, this one’s the best.

  • Government?s self-publicity with public money

    by ?Taj Hashmi in The Daily Star It is time to protest the ruling Awami League?s self-publicity through billboards at a staggering cost of more than Tk.3 crore (one senior minister would possibly say taxpayers? Tk.3 crore is ?rubbish? as he ?rubbished? the 4,000 crore stolen by Hall-Mark). I am really shocked and saddened by…

  • Playing ball with the Jamaat

    The Jamaat?s worldview is antithetical to the kind of nation Bangladeshis have repeatedly wanted to build By?Salil Tripathi?First Published in Live Mint:?Wed, Mar 13 2013 Bangladeshi police detain a supporter of the opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party during a protest in Dhaka. Photo: AFP I write this column with some regret. As a college student, among…

  • Shahbag protesters versus the Butcher of Mirpur

    ?By Tahmina Anam, Guardian Abdul Quader Mollah has finally been convicted of war crimes committed in Bangladesh in 1971. Now a huge popular protest in Dhaka’s Shahbag district is demanding the death penalty. The Shahbag protesters resemble a jubilant flash-mob. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images It all began with a victory sign. When Abdul Quader Mollah, assistant…

  • Reflections on Bengali motherhood and storytelling

    BISWAJIT’S PUBLIC MURDER By rahnuma ahmed I ALTHOUGH Bengali culture would have us believe otherwise, motherhood is not something — regarded by some as an instinct, by others, as a virtue — that is timeless and unchanging. It is social and historical.

  • An ode to Biswajit

    He stopped at every print. Getting close to scrutinise every character, pausing more at some that perhaps stirred a memory. He smiled broadly when I approached him. ?eto amar chobi tulsen? (it is me you?ve photographed) he said. This was his war. He remembered the pain the terror, the joy. He had never applied for…

  • Communal attacks in Ramu: of family feuds and corporate culture

    by Rahnuma Ahmed  SUPREME Court lawyer Barrister Jyotirmoy Barua, 39, initiated a writ petition immediately after the violent attacks of September 29, 2012 when innumerable Buddhist monasteries, temples and houses in Ramu, Cox?s Bazar district, were set on fire, pillaged and looted by Bengali Muslim men, mostly youths. The attackers included both locals and outsiders,…

  • UPDATE: MAY 07, 2012 Reclaiming Jahangirnagar from a ?godfather? VC

    by rahnuma ahmed The strike has been called off.

  • March 12 Rally

    The government was hell bent on preventing the opposition rally. Trains, buses and launches were all stopped. Ordinary passengers were beaten up and prevented from off loading at stations and ferrys. The police were out in full force in the city, checking on people to make sure they were not opposition supporters heading for the…