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 »

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 »

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