It’s not about Sayedee’s trial, but AL’s supremacy

September 17, 2014
Afsan Chowdhury
It’s not about Sayedee’s trial, but AL’s supremacy

The reduced sentence of Delwar Hossain Sayedee has come as a shock to many. Many even feel that he has been allowed to go ‘free’
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Posted in 1971, War Crimes Trial | 12 Comments »

What did Sheikh Mujib say on March 7?

September 7, 2014
Afsan Chowdhury
What did Sheikh Mujib say on March 7?

The controversy around Air Vice Marshal A K Khandaker’s book is largely limited to what is said on page 32
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Posted in 1971, Politics | 10 Comments »

Letter to a daughter departing

August 28, 2014
Afsan Chowdhury
Letter to a daughter departing

Dear Daughter, You may not read this letter as you will be gone and settling down in your new environs  by the time it’s published.
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Posted in Uncategorized | 7 Comments »

Is Mohsin Ali the face of present government?

August 14, 2014
Afsan Chowdhury
Is Mohsin Ali the face of present government?

Social welfare minister Mohsin Ali has without much difficulty become one of the most well known ministers of the present government particularly in the sector that matters the most i.e. the media
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Posted in Media | 6 Comments »

Why do we care about Gaza but not our Tuba victims?

August 4, 2014
Afsan Chowdhury
Why do we care about Gaza but not our Tuba victims?

It’s been almost a week since the Tuba garments workers have gone on an indefinite hunger strike but it doesn’t seem to have bothered us at all. We are not silent about global events
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Posted in Uncategorized | 10 Comments »

The warrior is gone

July 26, 2014
Afsan Chowdhury
The warrior is gone

Our friend, colleague and steadfast believer in her own causes, Baby Maudud, (Baby Apa to all) passed away on Friday after a long battle with cancer. Baby Apa had battled all her life against many foes.
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Posted in Uncategorized | 6 Comments »

Dealing with Osmanistaan

June 5, 2014
Afsan Chowdhury
Dealing with <em>Osmanistaan</em>

So the AL chief has finally spoken. By officially declaring the Osmans of Narayanganj as patriots, the curtain of protection
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Posted in Politics | 17 Comments »

RAB, writ and nuisance

May 21, 2014
Afsan Chowdhury
RAB, writ and nuisance

Does it really matter if the alleged RAB officials arrested for Narayanganj 7-murder case are tried, convicted and punished? The damage done to a variety of institutions
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Posted in Crime, Law and Justice | 7 Comments »

To Gen. Ayub Khan — Pakistani dictator and owner of Dhanmondi

April 22, 2014
Afsan Chowdhury
To Gen. Ayub Khan — Pakistani dictator and owner of Dhanmondi

Hello Ayub Khan Sir, how is death treating you? You may have been little worried about how Bengalis may be thinking about you
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Posted in Environment/Climate, Sport, Uncategorized | 29 Comments »

Pahela Baishakh: Beyond kurtas and saris

April 14, 2014
Afsan Chowdhury
Pahela Baishakh: Beyond kurtas and saris

As another Baishakh arrives, it’s obvious certain things can’t change and our sins can’t be burned away by the season’s rain of flames.
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Tarique Rahman and other histories of fiction

April 3, 2014
Afsan Chowdhury
Tarique Rahman and other histories of fiction

When Tarique Rahman said that Ziaur Rahman was the first President of Bangladesh many people were understandably incredulous.
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Posted in 1971, Politics | 11 Comments »

Khushwant Singh: Laughter and a life without love

March 23, 2014
Afsan Chowdhury
Khushwant Singh: Laughter and a life without love

One of the most well known, well loved men and writers of South Asia passed away at 99 who made a career telling the world what he thought of the world
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Posted in Literature | 13 Comments »

When does one need “a bit of crossfire”?

March 11, 2014
Afsan Chowdhury
When does one need “a bit of crossfire”?

I think they need it now. Everyone needs it because killing one’s enemy without any trial is one of the most convenient things that law and order regimes have invented.
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Posted in Law and Justice, Terrorism | 11 Comments »

What if the al-Qaeda threat is real!

February 18, 2014
Afsan Chowdhury
What if the al-Qaeda threat is real!

Rather than brushing it off as a BNP-AL production, it’s better to be ready to handle what has emerged as the ‘al-Qaeda’ threat.
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Posted in AL/BNP/Jamaat, Terrorism | 8 Comments »

Bangladesh caught in between

February 3, 2014
Afsan Chowdhury
Bangladesh caught in between

The Chittagong arms haul case shows how deeply we have become part of the Indo-Pak conflict. The case occurred during the BNP era and the people involved include the then home minister
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Posted in Bi-lateral Issue, Politics | 14 Comments »

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