Category Archives: Rahnuma Ahmed

HISTORY AS ETHICAL REMEMBRANCE

Dhaka University, Shaheed Minar and CP Gang’s ‘bessha’ banner by Rahnuma Ahmed Prologue THIS story begins with the sudden and unexpected death of professor Piash Karim on October 13, 2014, of cardiac arrest. Piash, who had returned to Dhaka in … Continue reading

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Between absence and presence

Between absence and presence First published in New Age on 13th August 2015 Artist Dhali Al Mamoon talks to Rahnuma Ahmed about his public art Shorok Durghotona Sritisthapona (Road Accident Memorial), located in Dhaka University campus, in memory of film-maker Tareque … Continue reading

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YOUTH UPRISING AT SHAHBAGH

Reclaiming Ekattur: fashi, Bangali By Rahnuma Ahmed Prologue EVEN THOUGH I was dying to, pressing work — to do with other activist engagements, the Tazreen factory fire, communal attacks in Ramu — forced me to stay away the first few … Continue reading

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Eating up children

by rahnuma ahmed Josna, isn’t Josna feeling cold? I didn’t know what to say as I sat beside Josna’s mother on the curb, outside the Emergency department of the Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH). It was slightly chilly, the last … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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NISCHINTAPUR DEATHS: Killers at large

by rahnuma ahmed EVERYTHING SEEMED to come to a standstill as the death toll in the factory fire at Nischintapur kept rising. Death isn’t a question of numbers, even a single death which could have been prevented, is one too … Continue reading

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Ramu violence: A fanoosh is not a balloon

by Pragyananda Bhikkhu Translated by Rahnuma Ahmed Translator’s note: Young Bangladeshi Buddhist monk Pragyananda Bhikkhu, of Ramu Shima Bihar, wrote “Ramu Shohingshota: Fanoosh kono balloon noy”, which was published in Dainik Cox’s Bazar, November 4, 2012 in light of the … Continue reading

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CONCLUDING PART: Govt response to communal attack in Ramu

by rahnuma ahmed In today’s column, I basically deal with three issues, firstly, a brief review of the government’s administrative responses, these suggest that higher-ups have ‘settled’ on making the officer-in-charge of Ramu thana the “fall guy” for the devastating waves … Continue reading

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PART I: Punishing the innocent

by rahnuma ahmed Everyone, regardless of whether they belonged to the Awami League or to the BNP or Jamaat, or was an ordinary citizen, suddenly became a Muslim. — Adnan Wahid HE WAS speaking of September 29, 2012, trying hard to … Continue reading

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