Essays

The Pioneer of Pacifism

  For decades, stories of the most courageous pacifist and political leader in South Asia have been told and retold in many a manner. Finally, a quality English translation of Bapu’s original memoirs by his friend and assistant Mahadev Desai, tell Thursday, May 18th, 2017

The song remains the same

  ‘Abaar elo je shondhya/ Shudhu dujone……..’   It gets you every time, doesn’t it? It could just be the most touching, most enduring paean to a Bengali heart’s yearning. How it almost meanders through all the right sensibilities, delicately plucking at the pangs Thursday, May 4th, 2017

Remembering a friend

  Selfless, loving, inspirational: these are some of the words friends use to describe Xulhaz Mannan, a dedicated colleague, loyal friend, and fierce champion of human rights who was brutally murdered in April 2016.  He was not just my colleague; he Wednesday, April 26th, 2017

In Memoriam: Our RKS

  Near and dear ones continue to cry out for justice for Rajshahi University professor AFM Rezaul Karim Siddiquee, who was hacked to death just over a year ago on April 23. His murder mobilised people against the brutal attacks on Wednesday, April 26th, 2017

Lucky Akhand – BD band music loses yet another icon

  While music-lovers will rue the absence of recently-departed Lucky Akhand after a long battle with lung cancer, some may find solace in the fact that he will join his equally-talented brother Happy Akhand and other pioneers such as Azam Khan Wednesday, April 26th, 2017

The troubadour in his labyrinth

  Over the first weekend of April, almost six months after it was announced, Bob Dylan finally decided to drop in on the Swedish Academy and accept his Nobel Prize in Literature. He happened to be touring in the area, actually Wednesday, April 19th, 2017

Breaking the barriers to reach our full potential

  Vango Durdoshar Chakra by Abdullah Abu Sayeed, Published by Quantum Foundation, 2017, Pages: 126, ISBN: 978-984-34-2351-1   Prof. Abdullah Abu Sayeed is a prolific writer, popular teacher, renowned television presenter, leading social activist and successful organizer in contemporary Bangladesh. He has dedicated Wednesday, April 19th, 2017

Journey of Bangladesh in the Field of Education

  (Realising Potential: Bangladesh’s Experiences in Education by Samir Ranjan Nath, Published by Academic Press and Publishers Library, 2016, Pages: 228, ISBN: 978-984-92427-1-0)   The education system that we see in today’s Bangladesh is basically inherited from British-India. Expansion of education among the Wednesday, April 5th, 2017

Anti-fundamentalist Verses

  Our differences are vivid like dawn and the darkened world. Our thoughts are distinct as you are pale faced and I am not of yours kind. Look, a deep black river flows between you and me with an order not to touch each Wednesday, April 5th, 2017

An anthropological study of social media

  Social media is all around us and has become a daily part of our lives. But, why do we post on social media? What is the result of the increased emphasis on visual communication? Are we becoming more individual or Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017
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