Rana Plaza collapse: When it doesn’t matter how many die

April 24, 2013
Afsan Chowdhury
Rana Plaza collapse: When it doesn’t matter how many die

It was a moment when the state of politics and vulnerability as far as who matters and who doesn’t in Bangladesh was made clear to all. When the Rana Plaza collapsed, the owner
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Posted in Disaster, Poverty, RMG | 37 Comments »

Pahela Baishakh, Hefazet-e Islam and us Bengalis

April 13, 2013
Afsan Chowdhury
Pahela Baishakh, Hefazet-e Islam and us Bengalis

The Baishakh this year resembles the turmoil of a summer storm more than the placid celebration of spring. We are moving through a time of anxiety and confusion.
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Posted in Culture, Politics, Religion, Religious Extremism | 15 Comments »

We are plunged into a deep crisis no matter what

April 6, 2013
Afsan Chowdhury
We are plunged into a deep crisis no matter what

Thanks to the strange behaviour of the Government, we have seen the birth of a new political force in Bangladesh called Hifazat-e Islam. It didn’t exist a couple of months back but from nowhere has become a force that no one can ignore now.
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Posted in AL/BNP/Jamaat, Religious Extremism, Shahbagh Movement, War Crimes Trial | 18 Comments »

Shahbagh and bloggers: From allies to enemies?

April 3, 2013
Afsan Chowdhury
Shahbagh and bloggers: From allies to enemies?

Shahbagh will be remembered as the great emotional outburst of several generations for a cause that stirred many. It came about as a result of dissatisfaction with the verdict of the ICT which was seen by most as a formality
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Posted in 1971, AL/BNP/Jamaat, Poverty, Religious Extremism, War Crimes Trial | 10 Comments »

The great achievements of a moderate and modest man

March 20, 2013
Afsan Chowdhury
The great achievements of a moderate and modest man

Bangladesh President Zillur Rahman passed away today bringing the possible end of the last of the fellow travellers of Sheikh Mujibur Rhman who had walked together all his and their political life.
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Posted in Politics | 26 Comments »

Did Shahbagh push AL to go hard line?

March 11, 2013
Afsan Chowdhury
Did Shahbagh push AL to go hard line?

The initial period of euphoric enthusiasm, mobilisation and rallying cries of the ‘Shahbagh Movement’ is now facing the reality of a hard-line counter movement both civil and terrorist
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Posted in 1971, AL/BNP/Jamaat, Politics, Shahbagh Movement, War Crimes Trial | 18 Comments »

Sayedee sentence: The verdict people wanted

February 28, 2013
Afsan Chowdhury
Sayedee sentence: The verdict people wanted

Delwar Hossain Sayedee the man most known in Bangladesh as an Islamic preacher doubling as a politician has been sentenced to death for crimes committed in 1971.
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Posted in 1971, AL/BNP/Jamaat, Shahbagh Movement, War Crimes Trial | 20 Comments »

Women and war: coping with rape after 1971

March 7, 2011
Afsan Chowdhury
Women and war: coping with rape after 1971

The most acute form of vulnerability women experience is rape and Bangladesh saw the largest incidence of rape during 1971. In war situations, rape is common and the horror of war is largely defined by such acts. Yet the violent reaction by Bangladeshis to their raped women produced a second generation of violence against...
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From Feb 1952 to Feb 2013: How much has changed?

February 21, 2013
Afsan Chowdhury
From Feb 1952 to Feb 2013: How much has changed?

61 years after 1952, we are experiencing another February. In Ekushey the spirit was that of the young people who protested a government policy decision and died on the streets of Dhaka from police bullets.
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Posted in 1971, AL/BNP/Jamaat, Shahbagh Movement, War Crimes Trial | 4 Comments »

What led to Rajib’s Shahbagh?

February 16, 2013
Afsan Chowdhury
What led to Rajib’s Shahbagh?

On October 16, 2011, we had written a piece (Bloggers (Asif and the likes): An emerging third force in politics?) on the activities of bloggers contesting the power relationships.
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Posted in 1971, AL/BNP/Jamaat, Shahbagh Movement, War Crimes Trial | 15 Comments »

Why wasn’t Quader Mollah hanged?

February 7, 2013
Afsan Chowdhury
Why wasn’t Quader Mollah hanged?

The street reaction to the verdict on Quader Mollah case is an interesting indication that public confidence in the trial process and the objectivity of the War Crimes Trial is confused
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Posted in 1971, AL/BNP/Jamaat, Shahbagh Movement, War Crimes Trial | 42 Comments »

Rape in 1971: in the name of Pakistan

December 1, 2010
Afsan Chowdhury
Rape in 1971: in the name of Pakistan

The history of rape in 1971 has remained an extremely painful and a distant subject in our lives and the narratives have never been explored in all its dimensions. We mention rape when discussing about 1971 as part of the political component, an example of Pakistani barbarity, but we are socially or personally unable...
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Posted in Human Rights, Politics | 30 Comments »

As Jamaat-e-Islami goes to war, is the AL ready?

January 31, 2013
Afsan Chowdhury
As Jamaat-e-Islami goes to war, is the AL ready?

Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) as expected has declared a war of sort as the verdict dates of the major political leaders accused of war crimes comes closer.
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Posted in 1971, AL/BNP/Jamaat, Politics, War Crimes Trial | 24 Comments »

Bachchu Razakar: Rage, satisfaction and frustration too

January 23, 2013
Afsan Chowdhury
Bachchu Razakar: Rage, satisfaction and frustration too

The court verdict to hang Abul Kalam Azad aka ‘Bachchu Razakar’ for crimes committed in 1971 has been welcomed by all. He had lived a charmed life till only a few years back
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Posted in 1971, War Crimes Trial | 29 Comments »

2012: The year we would much rather forget

January 1, 2013
Afsan Chowdhury
2012: The year we would much rather forget

The year 2012 has just passed by but we will not look upon it with fondness. Our achievements and good moments are overwhelmed by the tragedies and agonies in our public life.
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Posted in Uncategorized, Year in review | 10 Comments »

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