Humayun Ahmed, Himu and identity conflicts in Bangladesh

July 21, 2013
Prashanta Tripura
Humayun Ahmed, Himu and identity conflicts in Bangladesh

When the celebrated writer Humayun Ahmed (henceforward, HA) passed away a year ago on July 19, his death was mourned in an unprecedented manner by
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Posted in Literature | 10 Comments »

Defining a generation: Making sense of our lives and times, before and beyond Shahbagh

March 3, 2013
Prashanta Tripura
Defining a generation: Making sense of our lives and times, before and beyond Shahbagh

How does one define a generation? This question has been on my mind since February 2012, when I turned fifty, an age that made me interested in a form of retro/introspection
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Posted in 1971, Shahbagh Movement | 12 Comments »

On tolerance and diversity

November 16, 2012
Prashanta Tripura
On tolerance and diversity

The International Day for Tolerance, observed on November 16, is meant to promote tolerance, i.e. “respect, acceptance and appreciation of the rich diversity of our world’s cultures
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Posted in 1971, CHT, Communal Discord | 5 Comments »

Francesco, now more people will start counting you!

November 9, 2012
Prashanta Tripura
Francesco, now more people will start counting you!

Dear Francesco, I lost touch with you after I returned home for good from the US, where, you may remember, I was a student for eight years during the 1980s.
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Posted in International, US Election 2012 | 12 Comments »

The minorities of our nightmares

October 2, 2012
Prashanta Tripura
The minorities of our nightmares

Are you afraid to go to bed these days, out of fear that the forces of evil will leap out of your nightmares to rampage through your neighbourhood while you are asleep?
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Posted in CHT, Communal Discord, Religious Extremism | 21 Comments »

In search of adibashi (indigenous) consciousness

August 11, 2012
Prashanta Tripura
In search of adibashi (indigenous) consciousness

I have come across a number of Bengalis who raise the question, “How justified is it to divide the people of the same country as indigenous and non-indigenous? If only you (i.e. Chakma, Tripura, Garo, Santal etc) are indigenous, then what are we?”
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Posted in CHT, Human Rights, Uncategorized | 13 Comments »

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