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 | 2 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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Posted in Democracy, Politics, Violence | 15 Comments »

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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December 16 : Not learning the lessons from Pakistan

December 16, 2014
Afsan Chowdhury
December 16 : Not learning the lessons from Pakistan

It’s a curious situation when the moment of our greatest victory also signals
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Making Hay while the sun shines?

November 28, 2014
Afsan Chowdhury
Making Hay while the sun shines?

The Hay Festival, Bangladesh’s premier English language literary festival
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Posted in Literature, Minority Group | 4 Comments »

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