• The Inheritance of Loss

    This is a story of a journey into the past of Tongibari, an important part of the incredible Vikrampur civilisation. Once known as the

  • An awakened village

    It's 8:30 on a cloudy Friday morning and I am having freshly baked cookies with coffee. It feels like home except that I am not.

  • Dhaka University: Can it still lead us?

    Professor Dr. A A M S Arefin Siddique, Vice Chancellor, University of Dhaka, talks to Amitava Kar about how the spirit of Dhaka University remains intact despite many limitations

  • Anwara Bahar Choudhury - Breaking Traditional Shackles

    The Daily Star looks at the life of a great Bengali Muslim educationist who dedicated her whole life for the education and empowerment of women.

  • The World's Bishwa-Kobi

    A little less than a hundred years ago, Bishwa-Kobi Rabindranath Tagore, wrote a poem that he had titled simply “Shakespeare”.

  • The Khapra Ward Day: The Moment and the Movement

    April 24, 1950. It was a sunlit Monday morning. There were 39—according to some, 42—political prisoners in the famous Khapra Ward

  • Once in a blue moon

    The beauty of a full moon shines upon us every month and is ubiquitous in poetry and music. A blue moon,

  • Muktijuddho: Polyphony of the Ocean

    As a Ph.D. candidate at Columbia University with a research focus on Bangladesh history, I paid close attention when media reports came out about a draft bill that would punish any distortion of the history of Muktijuddho.

  • Where is home?

    Bangladesh as a nation just observed the forty-fifth anniversary of its glorious independence. While it is time for celebration for most

  • The Burden of Dis/honour

    Reena's parents were shot by the Pakistani army in front of her eyes. She didn't know where her brothers were, or even if they were alive

  • Pawn Power

    Bob Dylan's timeless 1964 song Only a Pawn in Their Game about the assassination of Medgar Evers, the black civil

  • Do political parties support women's political empowerment?

    At first glance, one definitely has to appreciate the current key political positions held by women in Bangladesh: head of the

  • Revisiting Dhaka’s Treasures

    History is about what is written of it, often about the way the rulers wanted it to be written. In 2006, everybody was scrambling to

  • 'I am human'

    Language represents locality, kinship, clan, lineage and other socio cultural aspects of all human societies around the world. And in our

  • The Origins of the Language Movement

    Principal Abul Kashem is an unforgettable entity of the history of the Language Movement. On September 1, 1947, under his leadership,

  • Elias writer of the oppressed

    Akhtaruzzaman Elias is difficult and ambiguous. His language is turgid and his narrative tortuous. His characters spout dirty,


    Diaspora helps foster ideas. An increasing number returns home with skills, contacts and an understanding of how things could be done better. Expatriate Bangladeshis want to do more. Is the country doing enough to welcome them?


    It all began on December 29, 1991 when a report was published in a local newspaper that Ghulam Azam was elected the Amir of

  • From Roma to Suchitra Sen

    Suchitra Sen had dominated the silver screen, mostly in Kolkata and briefly in Mumbai, for three decades, beginning in the '50s and


    The 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference, COP 21, held in Paris from 30 November to 12 December 2015, was the biggest event of its kind.

  • Bangla Academy's 60th Year: Preserving and Projecting Bangali Culture

    Established in December 3, 1955, Bangla Academy is an iconic institution representing Bangali culture. Its primary function has been

  • Thinkers Will Lead The Way

    The role of intellectuals in Bangalee life has always been very significant, at least since the 19th century when there was a Renaissance

  • Rokeya's unrealised Dream

    Feminism is considered an ugly word by many who have a passing acquaintance with it. An open assertion of being a feminist in social

  • In conversation with Selina Hossain

    Born on June 14, 1947, Selina Hossain is one of the most prolific authors in Bangla literature. She has penned numerous short stories, novels, essays and books for children.


    A tiny insect with a lifespan of hardly 10 days has been threatening billions of lives all over the world. In a densely populated city like

  • Maulana Bhashani: The Lessons of Freedom

    I shall begin with a story, to which I will return again. In 2013, on the occasion of the 37th death anniversary of Maulana Bhashani, I


    When she first landed in earthquake-ridden Haiti, Rockfar Sultana Khanam, commander of the first ever all-female UN peacekeeping


    Had traffic been more disciplined, had housing been a serious enterprise, had civic and public spaces been nurtured, and had the landscape of water and green been sustained, Dhaka would also have been a magnificent, livable place. And that city is possible.

  • Polluting A Possibility

    Bangladesh's leather industry is one of the very few industries if not the only one for which Bangladesh does not have to import the main raw materials. Cheap labour, top quality raw materials that is hides of Bangladeshi cattle and global demand for luxury leather products has made it one of the most productive industries and foreign currency earners of Bangladesh. In 2014, Bangladesh's leather industry set a record for increasing exports up to 32.12 percent; for the first time it reached the US$1 billion mark for annual export.

  • Ila Mitra

    Ila Mitra - Revolutionary, Trailblazer

    Ila Mitra was the legendary peasant leader of undivided Bengal, a veteran front runner of the communist movement in the sub-continent and a dedicated friend to the cause of our Liberation War in 1971. Nachol, a police station at that time of greater Rajshahi, became the centre of the peasant movement, known as Tebhaga Andolan in the district. Ila Mitra, an athlete of no mean calibre, became deeply involved in the movement encouraged by her husband, ultimately becoming 'Rani Ma' (queen-mother) of the peasants of the locality. But who is Ila Mitra to the present generation, particularly of Bangladesh?