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  • A dream still too far

    Fifty years ago, America's iconic civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr, was slain in Memphis, Tennessee, on April 4. In the United States, King's following words are famous to the point of being clichéd, but they bear repeating nonetheless: “I have a dream that little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the colour of their skin but by the content of their character.”

  • In memory of Simeen Mahmud

    It is both difficult and painful to write an obituary of a spouse, particularly if the death is an untimely one. Yet many friends and academic colleagues of Simeen, my wife who has recently died at a Harvard hospital within hours of being rushed to the emergency room, have requested me to do so since they think that she was both my “intellectual and life's partner”.

  • The Dream of Martin Luther King Jr

    IN a historic 1999 civil lawsuit of the King family against the US government, 12 jurors in the Shelby County Court in Tennessee reached a unanimous verdict on December 8, 1999, after about an hour of deliberations, that Dr Martin Luther King Jr was assassinated as a result of a conspiracy. When asked whether the jury found “others including governmental agencies” to be “parties to this conspiracy,” the jury answered, “yes”.

  • Remembering Professor Jamal Nazrul Islam

    March 16, 2018 marked the fifth death anniversary of Professor Jamal Nazrul Islam. I know everyone is still mourning Professor Stephen Hawking, but Professor JNI was also a larger-than-life figure. It is unfortunate that many people in Bangladesh don't know about him. In my mind, Hawking's greatest achievement was helping fund and create the Centre for Mathematical Sciences (CMS)—the largest

  • Simeen Mahmud

    Remembering our sister Simeen Mahmud

    On the chilling morning of March 26, 1971, Pakistani soldiers kicked open the back door of our Dhaka University bungalow, and violated our residence for the second time.

  • Stephen Hawking's unparalleled legacy

    The world-famous physicist Stephen Hawking passed away on March 14, 2018. His death has left me saddened like millions around the world. But I was happy to see that The Daily Star had published a couple of articles on Stephen Hawking, one of which was written by a Bangladeshi academic. It inspired me to express my thoughts and feelings about how Hawking's work has influenced me.

  • Stephen Hawking

    Farewell to a brilliant mind

    Stephen Hawking died on Pi Day—March 14, which is also Einstein's birthday. He was born on another special day—Galileo's 300th death anniversary. It goes without saying that Hawking had a massive impact on not only gravitational physics, but also the world at large.

  • A rare kind of literary talent

    I have always been fascinated by writer Abul Mansur Ahmad's boldness and his political consciousness.

  • Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman 98th Birthday

    Sheikh Mujib as I found him

    Like those of my age and experience, I can bear witness to some of the major developments in the recent political and constitutional

  • Black holes dissolving like aspirin

    When Stephen Hawking postulated in the mid-1970s that black holes leak radiation, slowly dissolving like aspirin in a glass of water, he overturned a core tenet of the Universe. Ever since Albert Einstein published his theory of general relativity in 1915, predicting the existence of black holes, it was thought they devour everything in their vicinity, including light. Black holes, it was thought, were bottomless

  • Lessons of consent and critique from Ferdousi Priyabhashini

    I woke up on March 6 and was devastated to hear that Ferdousi apa, Ferdousi Priyabhashini—the famous Bengali sculptor, survivor of wartime rape and a protagonist campaigning against it in Bangladesh—had passed away.

  • A voice that still resonates

    The Raju Bhashkorjo is dedicated to the memory of Moin Hossain Raju, an activist of Bangladesh Chatra Union, who was gunned down near where the sculpture now stands, on this day in 1992 while protesting terrorism in the name of student politics on campus.

  • Adieu to a friend

    ASHFAQUE was not well the last few months. He had to deal with two major illnesses where either one would have been difficult for anyone to deal with, even if they were not of his age. One of them was a heart condition and when he was recently admitted to hospital for his heart related ailment and was on the operating table, he unfortunately suffered a cerebral attack that left him partially paralysed. Yet when Ambassador Shamim Ahmed and I

  • Celebrating a Braveheart

    A tribute to artist and freedom fighter Ferdousi Priyabhashini on a day we celebrate women could not be more befitting except for the fact that it should have been a tribute to a living legend not a eulogy for a hero who is no more. She passed away on March 6. When one looks at the life of this incredibly brave and beautiful woman one cannot help but feel that we as a nation have failed miserably to pay our dues to this freedom fighter.

  • Priyabhashini's orchestrations of carbon

    That Ferdousi Priyabhashini's driftwood creations are more sentient than inanimate becomes apparent the second you enter Shilpangan, a contemporary art gallery tucked away in a cosy corner of Dhanmondi 13. Her current exhibition, Megher Shongi, is a tribute to the monsoon, her most loved of the six seasons, and the inspiration for her woodwork orchestrations. With boats and boatsmen, long-legged water-birds, and stranded figurines, her characters and forms look like they've emerged straight out of a tempest.

  • Tribute to a visionary leader

    Today, February 24, marks the second death anniversary of the iconic central banker AKN Ahmed who presided over the Bangladesh banking sector in the turbulent days of the 70s. His towering presence at the defining moments in the country's history reminds us of his inspirational leadership to resuscitate the country's seriously ailing banking industry.

  • Legacy of a great lawyer

    It has been almost 12 years since my grandfather, Barrister Shaukat Ali Khan, passed away.

  • Remembering Justice Murshed

    The late Chief Justice Syed Mahbub Murshed was arguably one of the most distinguished constitutional lawyers and eminent jurists that our South Asian sub-continent has ever seen.

  • A pioneer of Muslim education in British-India

    December 27 is the 144th birth anniversary of Khanbahadur Ahsanullah, the renowned academician, educator and social reformer, a reputed philanthropist, a famed literary figure and Sufi thinker of the sub-continent.

  • Muzharul Islam: An activist architect

    Today, December 25, is architect Muzharul Islam's (1923-2012) 94th birth anniversary. Not only was he Bangladesh's pioneering modernist architect, he was also an activist designer who viewed architecture as an effective medium for social transformation.

  • A land where promises were kept

    How many times in your life do you stumble upon a story that encourages you? Boosts your spirit, makes you believe that there is still hope for us and a light at the end of the tunnel?

  • The Flight of the Phoenix

    One fine morning, someone from the Embassy of Bangladesh in Washington DC decides to have a few plastic cones on the street in the front with 'No Parking' written on them. No wait, let's make it a bit more benign – 'No Standing'.

  • Brilliantly rejecting the notion of inferiority

    Rokeya (English spelling used by her: Roquiah) was born circa 1880 (alternately 1878) to a declining aristocratic land-owning family in the village of Pyrabund, Rangpur in present-day Bangladesh.

  • SM Ali

    Desperately missing his guidance in this era of press bashing

    It was my grand privilege to have succeeded our founding editor SM Ali in November 1993. Journalism has undergone dramatic transformation in these last 24 years, regrettably not all for the better.

  • The whistle doesn't pull the train

    I was a junior lecturer when I had the privilege of working alongside Professor Nurul Islam, who was chairing the departmental admission test committee at Jahangirnagar University.

  • A doting father and an inspiring teacher

    He looked at the sparse trees around the British Library in London and found that he couldn't name the trees like he would be able to in his motherland; UK was not home. Also, he wanted his young children to be, as he put it in Bangla, “tog-boge” (full of energy) in the then-young country of Bangladesh. So, he returned to continue at JU.

  • A journalist and a gentleman

    To many of us who are over 60 years of age Zaglul Ahmed Chowdhury is someone we will fondly remember as a committed journalist and most gracious friend. On November 29, 2014 we lost Zaglul in a freak accident in Dhaka.

  • journalist Taslimuddin Chowdhury

    A life well lived

    Going down can be as arduous as going up. Treading down the stairs of the Dhanmondi Hospital on the Tuesday morning of November 14 after meeting his family on the fifth, I paused momentarily, more so mentally, when I reached the first floor, knowing that his dialysis was proceeding in some room.

  • Dina Wadia | Passing away of Jinnah’s only child

    Dina Wadia died on November 2, 2017 at the impressive age of 98. She was the only child of Muhammad Ali Jinnah, the founder of Pakistan—though there was a breach between the two when she did as her father did and married a non-Muslim.

  • What we lost on November 3, 1975

    On this occasion, we remember these heroes with love, respect and gratitude.