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  • How the quota reform movement was shaped by social media

    The recent quota reform protests took place as much on the streets of Dhaka as it did online, particularly on Facebook. Pitched battles in the middle of the night resulted as people responded to updates in real time. Events at the University of Dhaka (DU) led to uproar spreading to other universities in the city and other major cities of the country, where the youth took up protests in solidarity as well as a shared demand that the quota system, which reserves

  • A law to gag your online freedom

    Less than a month after Bangladesh's cabinet approved the 'Digital Security Act 2018' in late January, Human Rights Watch, a top rights group, published a strong response in its website. Pointing out the vagueness of Section 31 of the draft act, which would criminalise posting of information that “disturbs or is about to disturb the law and order situation,” HRW said, “Almost any criticism of the government may lead to dissatisfaction and the possibility of

  • Organise and Resist Oppression

    Hello dear reader. You may be a feminist, a boy, a woman, or just flipping through. We are no longer in a situation where individuals can win by themselves. People need to be organised, and organise themselves, their peoples. Many communities have been organised decades now for their...

  • The same old story with a new twist

    The other day, a friend of mine wanted to write a Facebook status about how poorly a particular hospital in the capital had treated her

  • Single-shaming in Dhaka

    I say this with conviction: it is an arduous task staying single in Dhaka. If you are a single woman, and self-dependent, you will probably agree with me on how difficult it is to just BE, let alone have any radical aspirations.

  • Those glares...

    He was grinning from ear to ear as I headed towards him, his deep-set eyes beaming with joy. All of a sudden, that look of love vanished. He had spotted the man walking beside me, my “bestie”, laughing deliriously over some awful joke I'd just cracked.

  • Are women not revolutionaries?

    It is true that the task of remembering revolutionary women at the rallies of the October Revolution Centennial falls primarily on the women. But the responsibility is not theirs alone.

  • Xi Jinping bores party into submission, takes over world

    Xi Jinping, the Chinese president, has recently been bandied about by serial exaggerators like The Economist, Foreign Affairs and Foreign Policy as the most powerful man in the world.

  • Not just a one-hour test

    University of Dhaka (DU) undergraduate admission tests remind us that you only live once; after all, there is no second chance for test-takers.

  • Catalan independence

    Will Catalunya be the first new independent country since South Sudan?

    At the time of writing, October 12, Spain is celebrating the Fiesta Nacional de España—the anniversary of the day on which Christopher Columbus finally found land in a scurvy-addled state after having lied about being able to read maps.

  • “Burmaiya”: A new term to other the adivasi people of CHT

    Having a flat nose and small eyes has always been a problem in Bangladesh, but now there is fresh cause for concern for the adivasi people of the Chittagong Hill Tracts. As Myanmar broils with trouble, Buddhists in Bangladesh are being used as scapegoats.

  • Cruelty before sacrifice

    Dhola Babu was the most prized possession of cattle farmer Abdus Sabur. At only two-and-a-half years, Dhola Babu, the Friesian bull had gained a staggering 1200 kilograms of muscle.

  • Peoples' master plan for a livable future

    The National Committee to Protect Oil, Gas, Mineral Resources, Power and Ports is proposing the “Peoples' Master Plan for Power and Energy (2017-2041)” as an alternative to the government's master plan.

  • Let's talk about sex(uality), not police it

    It's time to talk about sexuality. A few years ago, during the Rubel-Happy scandal, when Rubel was accused of sexually assaulting Happy,

  • Where rapists do not fear to tread

    News stories of two young women accusing the son of a well known jewellery store and one of his friends, of raping them at a hotel in Banani after a birthday party, are doing the rounds, evoking all sorts of reactions among the public.

  • A Year on the Run

    “I might not come back. I'm afraid. You had to flee from one place to another out of fear of being slaughtered by the extremists. If something like that happens again, I don't have the strength or ability to do things like you.”


    Being a single working women and a regular commuter in this city, I often have to deal with sarcastic debates on why there should be reserved seats for us.

  • Should Bangladesh do more to support the Palestinian cause?

    The Palestinian struggle for independence bears some resemblance to ours, but Bangladesh's support for their cause dated back to its ...

  • American Muslims Must Stop Apologising

    I had recently been asked to give a talk about “being an American Muslim in the United States.” Although wary of the uses and abuses of the term, I obliged.

  • Why higher minimum wage is also a woman's issue

    International Women's Day is just around the corner. Every year this day brings with it a fresh calculation of the triumphs and losses of the women's movement.

  • ‘I Am Not a Feminist'

    There is a lot of contemplation over this word. Whether it is what it means in the books, or whether each person modifies it according to their own needs, the ideology behind this word always seems to be up for grabs for each person who claims they are or they are not one.

  • Our Silence on Police Brutality

    On 26th January, 2017, different socio-political organisations -- mostly backed by the left wing political parties -- called upon a strike in protest of the construction of the Rampal power plant.

  • History Teaches Us Nothing

    27th January, 1945. Victorious Soviet troops entered into a deserted and destroyed the Polish town Auschwitz.

  • NCTB's Textbook Blunder: A Loss Hard to Recover

    A major success that the Bangladesh government can boast about is the distribution of millions of copies of textbooks to school children on the first day of every New Year.

  • Trump's America 101 for the Developing World

    It was nearly midnight when we finally conceded to the fact that Donald Trump is the President-elect of the United States.

  • Save the Rohingyas: Why and How to move Forward

    November 12, 2016. Two helicopter gunships of Myanmar's armed forces emptied their rocket pods and machine guns into tiny villages of Rohingya Muslims at the country's Rakhine state, killing hundreds of the villagers and making thousands of them homeless refugees.

  • Attacks on religious and ethnic minorities: The Price paid by the innocent

    We were mercilessly flogged; our houses were burnt and bulldozed over. They looted everything - our last valuables and also our food.

  • Beginning of Reality

    It was the end of the Second World War. Bennito Mussolini's government collapsed in 1943 and with it fell down the glorious Italian film industry.

  • Suraiya Akter Risha


    Fourteen-year-old Suraiya Akter Risha was just another Dhaka teen – a happy child who would plan a fun weekend with friends and family members, a top achiever at school, maybe even a crazy cricket fan and a music lover – she was just another girl from next doors.

  • Ghatak’s Glimpse into the future

    Ghatak’s Glimpse into the future

    We live in a materialised world where our lives revolve around technology. From reading books to means of communication, every little aspect of our lives is slowly being controlled by the machinery we build.