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RESISTING RAMPAL

‘Go back NTPC, get out India’ rahnuma ahmed Of all the slogans raised in protest against the coal power plant being built at Rampal in Bagerhat, this one’s the best.

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Government’s self-publicity with public money

by  Taj Hashmi in The Daily Star It is time to protest the ruling Awami League’s self-publicity through billboards at a staggering cost of more than Tk.3 crore (one senior minister would possibly say taxpayers’ Tk.3 crore is “rubbish” as … Continue reading

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Playing ball with the Jamaat

The Jamaat’s worldview is antithetical to the kind of nation Bangladeshis have repeatedly wanted to build By Salil Tripathi First Published in Live Mint: Wed, Mar 13 2013 Bangladeshi police detain a supporter of the opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party during a protest in … Continue reading

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Shahbag protesters versus the Butcher of Mirpur

 By Tahmina Anam, Guardian Abdul Quader Mollah has finally been convicted of war crimes committed in Bangladesh in 1971. Now a huge popular protest in Dhaka’s Shahbag district is demanding the death penalty. The Shahbag protesters resemble a jubilant flash-mob. … 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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An ode to Biswajit

He stopped at every print. Getting close to scrutinise every character, pausing more at some that perhaps stirred a memory. He smiled broadly when I approached him. ‘eto amar chobi tulsen’ (it is me you’ve photographed) he said. This was … 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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March 12 Rally

The government was hell bent on preventing the opposition rally. Trains, buses and launches were all stopped. Ordinary passengers were beaten up and prevented from off loading at stations and ferrys. The police were out in full force in the … Continue reading

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