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  • The Rebel Eternal

    With Independence Day only eight days away and World Poetry Day three days from now, the time couldn't be more fitting to honour one of the greatest political poets to have ever lived, Kazi Nazrul Islam. Here, we look back at the revolutionary poet who masterfully used poetry and prose as vehicles for political and social justice.


    Urban planners need to see the disenfranchised classes not as the poor but as fellow human beings who deserve, like anybody else, basic access to all urban amenities and social institutions.

  • A Quiet Courage

    Principal Protiva Mutsuddy, a great language movement veteran was born at a time while her motherland was under

  • The science fiction about women

    I am at a chemistry lab at Dhaka University where no girl is crying or talking about love. With a steely resolve and

  • An oasis in a volatile region

    The Arab Spring that started with the self immolation of fruit vendor Mohamad Bouazizi in the Tunisian city of Sidi Bouzid in December 2010 had all the markings of a people's revolution breaking out against long running autocratic governments, especially in North Africa and the Middle East.

  • We shall overcome

    While the public often views the Liberation War and the Language Movement as the apex of protest music in Bangladesh the use of

  • Untangling memory, taking a stand

    Yesterday was the International Holocaust Remembrance Day. But what does it mean to remember the Holocaust? It cannot be only to speak of the details of the gruesome barbarity that engulfed a continent in the last century through voyeuristic descriptions of horror. Neither should one speak of the death of six million in the contextual realms of history; it cannot be a matter of numbers. Does one, as the student from Alan Bennet's History Boys, simply gloss over the matter with a pithy “Whereof one cannot speak, thereof one must be silent.”?

  • Michael Madhusudan Dutt: A Birthday Tribute

    We celebrate Michael Madhusudan Dutt's birthday on 25 January, but we cannot be certain that this is absolutely accurate, just as we

  • Adaitwa Mallabarman - An author of the soil

    Adaitwa Mallabarman became a renowned author in Bangla literature for his magnificent and unparallel work Titas Ekti Nadir Nam (A River Called Titas). Unfortunately, this path-breaking novel, in terms of representation of a local culture, was not published during the author's lifetime. Adaitwa was from Malopara fishermen community in the village called Gokorno under the former subdivision of Brahmanbaria. The novel was published in 1956 after 5 years of his death on the initiative of his friend Subodh Chowdhury who was a Professor of Bangla in Jadavpur University at that time.

  • The poet of physical rhymes

    With stretching arms, pointed toes and emotive facial expressions, dance speaks of the language of human emotions as the music


    Swinton on his return to Britain in 1766, writes Taifoor, had taken a certain Mirza Sheikh Itesamuddin of Nadia, Bengal, along with

  • A Paean to Aleppo

    The heart-breaking visuals and devastating destruction that has befallen the citizens of Aleppo, its infrastructure and


    An intellectual is a person who tries to understand the world and, not less importantly, to communicate his/her understanding

  • Ajoy Roy, My Father

    Ajoy Roy, veteran leftist politician, passed away on October 17, 2016. He had actively taken part in movements opposing the British

  • Munier Chowdhury: Personal Glimpses

    Tomorrow is the 91st birth anniversary of Munier Chowdhury, educationalist, playwright, literary critic and political dissident, who was picked up on December 14, 1971 by local collaborators and later tortured and killed by the Pakistan Army. Asif Munier, his youngest son gives a glimpse of the life of the martyred intellectual.

  • The less talked about abuse of children

    The NSPCC (National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children), UK defines child abuse as any action that

  • Why can't we stop the stalking?

    Unwanted attention is something that a woman has had to experience at some point of time in their lives. It's not something new and it


    Two transitions are taking place simultaneously: the first is the political transition from the pre-independence authoritarian to a post-

  • A simple twist of fate?

    An unprecedented situation has arisen since the Nobel Prize in literature was announced on October 13.

  • The saga of an Armenian family of Old Dhaka

    Henrietta Aimee Elizabeth Simpson, née Stephen, lives in Edinburgh, Scotland. We were introduced by a mutual friend, the

  • The wonders of ancient China

    China is one of the birth places of human civilisation. With an exotic historical past, China has attracted travellers and tourists from around the world for hundreds of years. In a recent trip to China, Shamsuddoza Sajen of The Daily Star has tried to get a glimpse of the grandeur of Ancient China through his visits to the Great Wall, the Shimao Site and the Terracota Warrior Sites.

  • A strange welcome

    Last year Miles Khan went to Cox's Bazaar, wanting to spend a week in the beach town. He badly needed a break

  • The Dhaka Masterpiece Paintings

    My friend Charles Greig is a distinguished British Art historian and scholar. He was born in 1955 of aristocratic British and

  • Huseyn Shaheed SUHRAWARDY: An icon of democracy

    Huseyn Shaheed Suhrawardy, known for his pivotal role in championing democracy in the Indian subcontinent, was born into an

  • Setting a trend

    I was into scientific instruments and my profession helped me to interact with world class scientists in USA, UK,

  • Bismillah of India

    In a delightful paradox, the man who best represented the holy Indian city of Varanasi was Bismillah Khan. Born on March 21,

  • Syed Waliullah Existentialism, Nostalgia, Nationalism

    Syed Waliullah was born on 15 August 1922 at Sholashahar in Chittagong. His father, Syed Ahmadullah, was a government officer whose postings took him to different mofussil towns in Bengal...

  • Songs from the River called Titas

    Titas has covered up the entire Brahmanbaria region like a finely meshed fishing net. The Harinber Turn still reveals the sightlines of the Zaminder Bari on the bank of the river that attracts thousands of people every year. During the monsoon, the long road from Sarail to Nasirnagar through the large haor turns into a source of beauty.

  • Bengal's 'Ocean of Knowledge'

    Compared to Ram Mohan's approach of creating a separate society (Brahmo Samaj) as social reformation to rid society of practices he condemned, Ishwar Chandra had a more inclusive approach. Arguably his greatest achievement was the role he played in the passage of the Widow Remarriage Act.

  • The lost histories of the Bengali Harlem

    Vivek Bald reconstructs the forgotten stories and communities of Bengalis in America from the late nineteenth to the mid-twentieth century.