The Empress is dead

January 18, 2014
Afsan Chowdhury
The Empress is dead

In the end, somewhat unexpectedly Suchitra Sen passed away. She was in her mid 80s and had been ailing for a while but nobody expected Suchitra Sen to die.
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Posted in Culture, Movie | 25 Comments »

Thank you for sharing your life with us

January 13, 2014
Afsan Chowdhury
Thank you for sharing your life with us

Justice Habibur Rahman had over the years rightly become the most eminent person in Bangladesh and with his passing away
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Posted in Obituary | 10 Comments »

Can Bangladesh survive this election?

January 6, 2014
Afsan Chowdhury
Can Bangladesh survive this election?

The 2014 election may well be the most significant elections we have ever had in Bangladesh. It didn’t look or feel much like an election with paltry voter turnouts, violence in several centres and chalking up
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Posted in AL/BNP/Jamaat, Democracy, Election, Politics | 12 Comments »

Politics is done best with lathis in Bangladesh

December 31, 2013
Afsan Chowdhury
Politics is done best with <em>lathis</em> in Bangladesh

The sight of a female lawyer lying as a bunch of lathi wielding thugs of the ruling party attacking her with all brutality has become one of the defining images
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Posted in AL/BNP/Jamaat, Politics | 22 Comments »

Zohra Tajuddin: One of the last veterans of old AL passes away

December 21, 2013
Afsan Chowdhury
Zohra Tajuddin: One of the last veterans of old AL passes away

She died almost invisibly fading away at a time when so many other news items crowded the scene. Even national media always up for news found little to say about the self effacing politician
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Posted in 1971, AL/BNP/Jamaat, Politics | 13 Comments »

Quader Molla and the autistic state

December 11, 2013
Afsan Chowdhury
Quader Molla and the autistic state

What on earth is going on with the Quader Molla issue? We know that the government was trying to make an example out of him but the way the events developed, it seems the government
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Posted in 1971, AL/BNP/Jamaat, War Crimes Trial | 24 Comments »

An interview with Mr. Hartal

November 27, 2013
Afsan Chowdhury
An interview with Mr. Hartal

Today we have with us, Mr. Hartal, the most discussed ‘personality’ in our life. We are going to have a conversation
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Posted in AL/BNP/Jamaat, Politics, Satire | 30 Comments »

Ershad pulls a fast one with Hifazat blessings

November 18, 2013
Afsan Chowdhury
Ershad pulls a fast one with Hifazat blessings

Gen. Ershad seems to have pulled a couple of fast ones in a couple of days  not just in joining the all-party interim government
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Posted in AL/BNP/Jamaat, Politics, Religion, Religious Extremism, Uncategorized | 28 Comments »

Back to square one?

October 22, 2013
Afsan Chowdhury
Back to square one?

For nearly 48 hours, at least some people lived with hope that the political impasse would end and a peaceful run up to the elections was possible. Prime minister Sheikh Hasina had made an offer of an all-party government to supervise
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Posted in AL/BNP/Jamaat, Election, Politics | 10 Comments »

Cows, more cows and Eid Mubarak

October 16, 2013
Afsan Chowdhury
Cows, more cows and Eid Mubarak

There were two essays we had to write in school which we urban kids had no idea about. One was on a journey by boat. Now I had never been on a boat ever
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Posted in Festival | 8 Comments »

When blackmailing works

October 6, 2013
Afsan Chowdhury
When blackmailing works

The government backed down and gave in to the demands of the protesting pharmacy owners in an effort to show that the authorities
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Posted in Education, Health, Law and Justice, Politics, Shahbagh Movement, Student Politics, Violence | 30 Comments »

Who speaks for Shumi today?

September 8, 2013
Afsan Chowdhury
Who speaks for Shumi today?

Shumi is an 11-year-old girl who is still in police custody for allegedly being involved in a murder she didn’t commit. She has been charged with helping Oishee dispose of the body
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Posted in Human Rights, Law and Justice, Social Issues | 21 Comments »

Oishee: The innocent killer?

August 19, 2013
Afsan Chowdhury
Oishee: The innocent killer?

The gruesome murder of Oishee’s parents in which Oishee was allegedly involved has shocked us all. It is not just another murder, nor even of the double murder
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Posted in Health, Law and Justice, Lifestyle, Social Issues, Uncategorized | 45 Comments »

AL embarrasses itself over Joy

July 31, 2013
Afsan Chowdhury
AL embarrasses itself over Joy

Is the AL seriously losing the plot? If you look at the way the party has tried to do damage control after Joy’s faux pas about having information that
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Posted in AL/BNP/Jamaat, Politics | 3 Comments »

Kate’s baby, Rony’s rant, Salman’s TV, Joy’s prediction…

July 26, 2013
Afsan Chowdhury
Kate’s baby, Rony’s rant, Salman’s TV, Joy’s prediction…

It has been a good week for interesting news. First Kate delivered a royal baby which grabbed everyone’s attention and gave pleasure.
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Posted in Media, Politics, Satire | 16 Comments »

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