Category Archives: politics

The Statesman, and the Photographer

The statesman, and the photographer Originally published as an Op-Ed in The New Age August 24, 2015 by Shahidul Alam LOOKING at this photograph, one of the few in our library where the photographer is unknown, I realise how times … Continue reading

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Rare and Unseen photographs of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman from the Drik archives

A self-taught photographer with a strong sense of humour Rashid Talukder received a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Chobi Mela international photography festival in Dhaka, in 2006. His images of the war of liberation of Bangladesh and the political events leading up to it, … Continue reading

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Moving opening ceremony of “Kalpana’s Warriors”

Remarkable: Noam Chomsky Absolutely stunning: Jess Worth. New Internationalist Magazine (Oxford) We had a fabulous opening with moving recitation of Kabita Chakma’s poem “I will defy” by Aungmakhai Chak, Marium Rupa and Rahnuma Ahmed. Many of the warriors were present in person. We were sad … Continue reading

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Modi visits Bangladesh, but Teesta is not even in the agenda

by Taj Hashmi Last time I met my old friend Gowher Rizvi at his office in December 2011, he was very upbeat and optimistic about the “impending” Teesta water sharing agreement with India. He seemed to have reposed absolute trust … Continue reading

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Kalpana’s Warriors

Remarkable: Noam Chomsky Absolutely stunning: Jess Worth. New Internationalist Magazine (Oxford) They told me you were quiet. But I felt the rage in your silence. That when you spoke, they rose above themselves. But I felt their fear. That they … Continue reading

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Majority World exhibition in Rome: Justice in Focus

IDLO Photo Exhibition in Rome Farnesina Porte Aperte 2015 22 – 29 May 2015 IDLO’s photo exhibition “In Focus: Justice and the Post-2015 Agenda” will form part of this year’s initiative by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International … Continue reading

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Citizen, Defend Thyself

Originally published in Deutsche Welle “The government can’t protect people in their bedrooms” the prime minister angrily retorted when questioned about the brutal murder of a young couple, both journalists, in their own home. Three years later the police have … Continue reading

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Protecting Freedom of Expression in Bangladesh

Following is the English translation of the statement made by academics, writers, women’s rights, human rights and cultural activists, including freedom fighters, on December 18, 2014 regarding the conviction and sentencing of British journalist David Bergman by the International Crimes … Continue reading

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Why the rise of fascism is again the issue

By John Pilger johnpilger.com 26 February 2015 The recent 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz was a reminder of the great crime of fascism, whose Nazi iconography is embedded in our consciousness. Fascism is preserved as history, as flickering … Continue reading

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Tolerating Death in a Culture of Intolerance

Another blogger. Ananta Bijoy Das, murdered today. Police too busy beating up students to notice: ———————————————————————————————————- Tolerating Death in a Culture of Intolerance | Economic and Political Weekly. COMMENTARY Economic & Political Weekly EPW MARCH 21, 2015 vol l no … Continue reading

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