SUST: Comic opera, tragedy, farce, or a serial?

September 4, 2015
Afsan Chowdhury
SUST: Comic opera, tragedy, farce, or a serial?

All kinds of blame are being thrown around and several students have also been suspended, expelled, shamed, sympathised with for attacking a group of protesting teachers, but the situation at SUST is rapidly becoming the stuff of theatre, even if the genre is uncertain. What began as an internal fight between two groups of teachers...
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Niladri and Rajon: What connects the child-killers and blogger-killers?

August 11, 2015
Afsan Chowdhury
Niladri and Rajon: What connects the child-killers and blogger-killers?

Several headlines of gruesome killing of individuals for one reason or another have recently surfaced in Bangladesh drawing both national attention and disgust. People are astonished that right here, in the middle of “gentle and kind” Bangladeshis, so many have lurked around with murder on their mind. But to those who look at their...
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10th Srabon, Shohagpur massacre: Why we must remember

July 25, 2015
Afsan Chowdhury
10th Srabon, Shohagpur massacre: Why we must remember

When I first visited Shohagpur 15 years ago, few knew its name. I stayed the night in a windowless room in Sherpur. I felt I had a date with history. It had become known due to the efforts of Farida Akhter of UBINIG who had organised the first congregation of women freedom fighters. She...
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Posted in 1971, History, Violence, War Crimes Trial | 4 Comments »

Eid and the moon are both part of the festival

July 17, 2015
Afsan Chowdhury
Eid and the moon are both part of the festival

Eid and the moon are both part of the festival. In a way one births the other. And like all births and deliveries, there can be occasional complications. Did it happen this time? I remember an Eid in 1962 when we went to bed thinking there would be another Iftar the next day to find...
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Bloggers are victims of the new war of two fanatic groups

July 12, 2015
Afsan Chowdhury
Bloggers are victims of the new war of two fanatic groups

“Freedom” has become one of the most contested words today. Supporting “freedom” is no longer just about chasing an ideal, but also an idea or “strategy” around which several wars have been or are being fought. They are also about unresolved problems of history and uneven development. It’s an uneasy thought that while most...
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Posted in Religious Extremism | 9 Comments »

Redoing the Pandavas and Kauravas war

February 4, 2015
Afsan Chowdhury
Redoing the Pandavas and Kauravas war

One doesn’t get more frustrated than when a war goes on without any clear ending.
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My winters in Toronto and Dhaka

January 22, 2015
Afsan Chowdhury
My winters in Toronto and Dhaka

It seems I have spent quite a bit of time travelling and living
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Can 2015 be better than ‘14 or ‘13?

January 8, 2015
Afsan Chowdhury
Can 2015 be better than ‘14 or ‘13?

On January 5 Awami League showed just how strong it was
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