Taking Tagore to Cannes

  Cannes - the very name conjures up images of movie star glamour, unalloyed creativity, and cinema as it should be - artistic, visually captivating, and incorporating a language that is altogether in danger of getting lost in a tsunami of Wednesday, August 9th, 2017

Assassinating Bangabandhu … murdering history

  A little after 4 a.m. on 15 August 1975, tanks of the Bangladesh army rumbled down the empty roads on their way to their destinations. One team would head for Bangabandhu’s Dhanmondi residence. Another would move towards Minto Road, the Wednesday, August 9th, 2017

COL JAMILUDDIN AHMED (BIR UTTAM): He died for his leader, for his country

  When no one was willing to take the plunge, he knew what he needed to do. Col Jamiluddin Ahmed, newly promoted to the rank of brigadier but yet to have his new epaulettes on his uniform, brought into play the Wednesday, August 9th, 2017

August 1975 and thereafter

  What happened in August 1975 was a great tragedy perpetrated by an anti-people clique who did not want Bangladesh to move in the direction its people had desired it to take. The desire embodied a dream and an ideology; and Wednesday, August 9th, 2017

Rethinking Tagore

  The greatest literary icon whom we, as the Bengali, take pride in; share joys and sorrows with; seek solace in; draw inspiration from; and recollect in all the seasons of the year, all the stages of life, and all the Wednesday, August 9th, 2017

Guppies for mayor!

  A totally innocent man was hacked to death for no reason other than going around when an agitation was on. There is visual record of the killing, that several participated in the killing but the forensic report said that only Wednesday, August 9th, 2017

The Darkest Dawn: Was it beginning of a mission?

  The early dawn of August 15, 1975 was easily the darkest dawn in the post liberation history of Bangladesh. The event that no one could imagine had its face bared in the ugliest way. The early autumn dawn was ominous Wednesday, August 9th, 2017

Do your children know Bangabandhu?

  ‘Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold; Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world’ — WB Yeats   When was the last time you told your children about Bangabandhu? I beg your pardon, what are you saying? You ‘try to stay away from Wednesday, August 9th, 2017

Death of a sister in a distant land

  Kolkata is next door but many days away. One can’t go there even if a beloved cousin sister dies suddenly. The grief is so sharp because she was younger than I was at only 58 years. We always think the Wednesday, August 2nd, 2017

In this sad August . . .

  In this sad month of August, as the rains of Sravana pelt us with intimations of tragedy, we know it is time to remember the Liberator. He was our Bangabandhu --- Friend of Bengal. It is time to celebrate him, Wednesday, August 2nd, 2017
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