On Professor Muzaffer Ahmad and Public Enterprise

July 17, 2012
Khademul Islam
On Professor Muzaffer Ahmad and Public Enterprise

In the early 1980s I was a young, and possibly callow, lecturer at Dhaka University. One day I was called on to be a discussant of a paper written by Professor Muzaffer Ahmad at a small seminar.
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Escape from Pakistan

July 27, 2011
Khademul Islam
Escape from Pakistan

In November of 1972 we escaped from Pakistan to Bangladesh. After Pakistan split apart like an overripe fruit in 1971 we Bengalis trapped in Pakistan had to get out. Official repatriation to Bangladesh seemed remote and in Pakistan there was increasing talk of herding Bengalis into detention camps.
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Sledging and Bangladesh cricket: out with Rabindranath?

March 20, 2011
Khademul Islam
Sledging and Bangladesh cricket: out with Rabindranath?

For a working stiff like me watching televised World Cup matches on weekdays is a no-no. Weekdays means office, and tracking the matches via live commentary from Cricinfo on the computer screen. So there I was on the 14th during the Bangladesh v Netherlands match, keeping an eye on the cricket when suddenly things...
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‘Black Friday’: the PR disaster

March 6, 2011
Khademul Islam
‘Black Friday’: the PR disaster

March is the cruellest month for us all. March 1971, and now March 2011, the first a hurling into the Hall of Terror and now a permanent place in The Hall of Shame. ‘Black Friday’, it has been dubbed by some of our newspapers. Public perception of the Bangladesh-West Indies match is at odds with...
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The world cup: commentary as ghazal?

March 2, 2011
Khademul Islam
The world cup: commentary as ghazal?

Televised international cricket matches would be nothing – nada, nyet! – without its phalanx of commentators. There is no other sport which employs so many ex-cricketers ready to bring to its television viewers a unique discourse that makes the viewing experience of international level cricket a thing apart. Premier League football had, until recently...
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