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Dhirendranath Dutta shaped a dream

  He shaped a dream for his people. He perished in upholding the dream. In death, he rose high, and higher, to light a thousand stars in our sky.   Through our silences, in our moments of sad, quiet reflections, within the broad Thursday, March 29th, 2018

On the threshold of freedom

  25 March 1971 dawned in unease, both among the Bengali political leadership and the population as a whole. From the early part of the day, rumours began to make the rounds of an imminent army operation against the Bengali nationalist Thursday, March 22nd, 2018

Moshari in the toilet and other news

  Everyone loves mosharis, that saviour of life, love and health. Moshas are common in many parts of the town but Niketan is a major pioneer as it has the largest per capita mosha in the country. To assess the situation Thursday, March 22nd, 2018

Journalism, history and ‘patriotic’ professionals

  In a way I became accidentally involved in the history of 1971 when I joined the ‘Dolilpatra’ project under Hasan Hafizur Rahman. I wasn’t planning to stay for long as my hope was to become an academic at Dhaka University. Thursday, March 15th, 2018

Of lions, lambs and books

  The loss of a book is always cause for pain. But when you recover it, it is as good as fresh life reviving your spirit and your energy. That is the experience I went through a few days ago. On Thursday, March 15th, 2018

Victims by birth

  One must almost pity the advocates of quota abolition in Bangladesh. Those who are actually affected suffer due to a system that is meant to discriminate against them by dint of their birth - it doesn’t matter if they worked Thursday, March 8th, 2018

Zafar Iqbal’s case, Islamist and Facebook extremism

  Prof. Zafar Iqbal’s case has shaken everyone up because his public stature was so large that he seemed almost invincible. He had said what he had had felt he should say and had remain unscathed. He had some minor brushes Thursday, March 8th, 2018

Doing business getting easier in Bangladesh

One-stop investment service from June, 2018   BIDA Executive Chairman Kazi M Aminul Islam talks to Dhaka Courier.   Bangladesh is attracting increasing amounts of foreign direct investment (FDI) but still the amount is relatively smaller compared to its peers. The country attracted USD Thursday, March 1st, 2018

Ekushey: Let it touch the future

  A large number of our children, our youths are missing out on the joy and pride of expressing themselves in a well versed mother tongue, Bangla. Most of these children are the students studying in the English medium schools. They Thursday, March 1st, 2018

March 1971: Renewing the old pledge

It is March again.   And these are thoughts that well up from somewhere deep in my soul. They rise, they gather in the core of the heart in me, to remind me that there was once a time when pride and Thursday, March 1st, 2018
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