Goodbye Toronto. Hello Dhaka, once more

January 20, 2012
Afsan Chowdhury
Goodbye Toronto. Hello Dhaka, once more

I thought this would not happen again but once more I am on the move. After nearly 5 years in Toronto I am moving back to Dhaka. The reasons are many but all these happened in a matter of a week when my daughter declared that she wanted to return to Dhaka.
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Is Bangladesh doing enough about Tipaimukh?

January 9, 2012
Afsan Chowdhury
Is Bangladesh doing enough about Tipaimukh?

Tipaimukh dam threatens to do to Indo-Bangla relations what Farakkha did earlier. The level of concern about the possible impact of the dam in North-Eastern India has fired up enough anxious fires in Bangladeshi bellies to fuel many hostilities as well.
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Posted in Environment/Climate, Politics | 16 Comments »

Top eight (stupid) awards 2011

January 1, 2012
Afsan Chowdhury
Top eight (stupid) awards 2011

Every year many organisations and media outlets give awards for great achievements. So we have given ours too. Here they are and not at all in the order of importance. Please feel free to add. This award is based on performance of year 2011 only.
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Posted in Satire | 16 Comments »

Why we need to involve Pakistanis to write a comprehensive history of 1971

December 16, 2011
Afsan Chowdhury
Why we need to involve Pakistanis to write a comprehensive history of 1971

Forty years after 1971, there really isn’t yet a complete history of our Liberation War. There have been several attempts and more are on but these works whether they are rabidly nationalist or more objective
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A dead father, a blinded mother and a traumatised child: Aren’t we all collectively to be blamed?

December 12, 2011
Afsan Chowdhury
A dead father, a blinded mother and a traumatised child: Aren’t we all collectively to be blamed?

A mother is blinded, a father lies dead in jail and a child is traumatised for life. The tragedies that have visited the family of Rumana Monzur, Hassan Syed and Anusheh are unbearably painful. Yet the greatest pain is that so much of this could have been avoided.
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Posted in Law and Justice, Women's Rights | 49 Comments »

Splitting Dhaka: A theoretical approach that makes sense only to dumb, fools and idiots

December 3, 2011
Afsan Chowdhury
Splitting Dhaka: A theoretical approach that makes sense only to dumb, fools and idiots

So we have achieved Dhaka bhongo. Because it was so unexpected and unwanted and since people thought that there was no reason to do such a thing they are expressing their puzzlement. Many think the authorities should have been spending more time solving other pressing city problems instead of doubling it by creating another municipality.
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Posted in Satire | 34 Comments »

Sheikh Hasina’s cook’s rescued daughter and other children

November 26, 2011
Afsan Chowdhury
Sheikh Hasina’s cook’s rescued daughter and other children

The news that Sheikh Hasina’s cook’s daughter has been saved and rescued from the brothel slums of Bombay is an enormously good and heart pleasing news. In these days of unheard sufferings of all kinds, one cannot but applaud this recovery of such lost people.
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Posted in Health, Human Rights, Poverty, Women's Rights | 9 Comments »

When is divorce good news? In incidents like Farzana’s

November 16, 2011
Afsan Chowdhury
When is divorce good news? In incidents like Farzana’s

The recent news about a Bangladeshi woman, Farzana, who divorced her husband at the wedding ceremony after he and his family asked for dowry is a strange piece of good news for many of us. This woman showed guts and moral strength and did what millions have failed to do and many don’t do...
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Posted in Women's Rights | 26 Comments »

Is the AL-BNP fighting a Shia-Sunni religious war?

November 7, 2011
Afsan Chowdhury
Is the AL-BNP fighting a Shia-Sunni religious war?

As we celebrate Eid through food, prayer and animal sacrifice, we are reminded of the impact of religion and its symbols in our life, spiritual and secular. Yet there are crossovers too such as when religious principles affect secular matters such as marriage and inheritance laws which are a mix of both streams.
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Posted in Politics, Religion | 25 Comments »

Ivy wins: People’s candidate triumphs over party candidate

October 31, 2011
Afsan Chowdhury
Ivy wins: People’s candidate triumphs over party candidate

It wasn’t a victory but a trouncing by Selina Hayat Ivy of Shamim Osman. What she blew away was not a candidate more famous as a mastaan demi-god of Naraynaganj but a chosen son of the ruling party. The ruling party including Osman thought he would win. But the people decided otherwise.
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The Abul model

October 20, 2011
Afsan Chowdhury
The Abul model

So is it true what the AL MP Golam Maula Rony said about our prime minister choosing a future minister by organising a race? Who knows but it certainly shows our PM in a positive light. Not only is she interested in sports particularly in foreign venues but she seems to have great sense...
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Posted in Politics, Satire | 19 Comments »

Bloggers (Asif and the likes): An emerging third force in politics?

October 16, 2011
Afsan Chowdhury
Bloggers (Asif and the likes): An emerging third force in politics?

A quiet revolution is taking place in Bangladesh. In the recent days, the blogosphere as a tried and tested weapon of the citizen not under the control of the state authorities or untrustworthy politicians has made its presence known. After many a summer, there is a definite whiff of optimism in the air as...
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Posted in Media, Politics, Technology | 13 Comments »

The Persona affair: Are CCTV cameras about privacy or consent?

October 4, 2011
Afsan Chowdhury
The Persona affair: Are CCTV cameras about privacy or consent?

One of the top beauty parlours of Bangladesh, Persona is in the spotlight and a spot of bother too. There has been an allegation that CCTV cameras were recording how the beautiful ladies of Dhaka were making themselves more beautiful in the spa.
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Posted in Human Rights, Law and Justice, Media | 13 Comments »

Is there a case for banning Jamaat-e-Islami?

September 29, 2011
Afsan Chowdhury
Is there a case for banning Jamaat-e-Islami?

Awami League leader Md. Nasim has said something many may soon start saying: Ban Jamaat-e-Islami from Bangladesh politics. This mood is increasing in the wake of the War Crimes Tribunal and Jamaat’s mounting aggressive strategy.
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The ex-chief justice, the ex-PM and that ‘ghoosh’ in the middle

September 15, 2011
Afsan Chowdhury
The ex-chief justice, the ex-PM and that <em>‘ghoosh’</em> in the middle

Khaleda Zia’s allegation against the ex-chief justice Khairul Haque that he took bribes to pass the 15th amendment which ended the caretaker government system has caused great hullabaloo as expected. Leaders and politicians from both sides are making statements against each other adding a lot more heat.
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