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An Island Unto Itself

An Island Unto Itself

More than 1.4 million* students of Bangladesh study in an education system that has historically kept itself isolated from the rest of the world.

SSC Suicides: The Human Cost of an Education
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SSC Suicides: The Human Cost of an Education

Sanjida Islam Nova, first girl of her class at Uttara's Bangamata Sheikh Fazilatunnessa Government High School, killed herself on May 8, 2017.

  • Blinded by Beauty?

    We, travellers, have fallen in love with Sajek's stark, burnt-umber coloured cliffs that jut upright throughout the valley.


    When I read some of the introductions of myself, I see that people see me as actor-director, TV personality, social activist, entrepreneur, etc. Yes, I wear many caps. And these are things I do.

  • Are we viewers or consumers?

    It's a truth universally, and perhaps, grudgingly acknowledged, that a production does not work without its corporate sponsors; and that is precisely where the corporations play their big hands. Beginning from picking the director, producer and actors, they also influence how their products are integrated into the story.

  • Living and dying by the code

    “How many governments have fallen,” the prince had gone on, “And how many kingdoms have been swept from the face of the earth, and Orosh is still standing.”

  • The Return of the Titans

    It really does not seem fair. This man, who ruled the roost like no other from early 2005 to late 2007, then gave up a bit of his...


    “The reasons birds can fly and we can't is simply because they have perfect faith, for to have faith is to have wings.” — J.M.Barrie, Scottish novelist and playwright

  • A New Realm of Reality TV

    Reality TV has long been a fixture of regular television. Shows like Queen for a Day and Cash and Carry introduced the concept in the 1940s, testing the waters.


    Shakib Khan, one of the biggest movie stars of present-day Bangladesh, alleged that many FDC directors spend time “chatting instead of doing work”.

  • Thinking outside the (white) box

    Pristine, paper white walls. Monorail lightings fixed on the ceiling. And reverent silence.

  • A spoonful of Chromium, with love

    What is in the eggs you eat? On April 9, the Supreme Court looked for the answer to this question and did not like what they found.


    There's a popular saying among different species that hold very opposite meanings: 'When it rains, it pours and when it pours it floods.'

  • Can commuter trains be a viable alternative to Road transport?

    When the whole city is caught up in the debate of whether local or sitting service is more conducive to commuters...

  • A Year on the Run

    “I might not come back. I'm afraid. You had to flee from one place to another out of fear of being slaughtered by the extremists. If something like that happens again, I don't have the strength or ability to do things like you.”

  • The moving islands of the Jamuna

    As far as the eye can see acres upon acres of lush green corn plantations sway in the breeze. A cluster of houses and kitchens are shaded by banana and eucalyptus trees.

  • Ahmed Sofa In Posterity - Muslim Anxiety In A 'Muslim World'

    We begin at a time after the battle of Karbala, where the traitor Simar is carrying Hazrat Hossain's disembodied head to Damascus in the hopes of getting a sizeable bounty.

  • “Intoxicated with madness, I'm in love with my sadness”

    Sylvia Plath indeed died memorably as foreshadowed in a poem written in the final months of her life.

  • Wending My Way Toward Ray

    My father taught us to wear our Bengaliness with pride. It was impressed upon us that we, by being born Bengali, had inherited a rich intellectual and artistic tradition.

  • The historic movement to save Sundarbans

    For the first time in history, Bangladesh is experiencing a mass movement to save a forest – the largest mangrove in the world.

  • Journalists declare week-long break

    While the global media is traumatised by an impending nuclear war and a lunatic running the most powerful country in the planet, the journalists of Bangladesh have declared a week-long holiday in what can only be called a shocking turn of events.

  • About Town

    May Day 2017


    Hatirjheel project has been a very popular recreational place for Dhakaites. There are very few places in Dhaka city where people can

  • Living with the ghost of Rana Plaza

    People tell her she is lucky to be alive, to have escaped the “clutches of death”. They tell her to “count her blessings” for making it out of the rubble that was once Rana Plaza, with her limbs intact. They remind her of all those who didn't share her fate.

  • In the battle between rights and aid

    April 24 – the day when thousands of lives and dreams were lost forever – is once again knocking at our doors.

  • Rana Plaza: Are we sugarcoating murder?

    It is difficult to decide whether the murder case filed against 41 people for the Rana Plaza disaster can be measured as progress or not.

  • What After Rana Plaza?

    Four years ago, over a thousand workers lost their lives and 2500 were injured in the collapse of the Rana Plaza building.

  • Thinking beyond Accord and Alliance

    Workplace safety and security in Bangladeshi garment factories attracted widespread international scrutiny after the Tazreen fashion...

  • Organising Labour under the Neoliberal Gaze

    What are the prospects and limits of conventional modes of organising labour in the garment industry, given the current labour rights regime in


    “What allows us, as human beings, to psychologically survive life on earth, with all of its pain, drama, and challenges, is a sense of purpose and meaning.” — Barbara De Angelis, American author


    Book Fair 2017

  • How much is a worker's life worth?

    Asma Akhter, a 25-year-old Rana Plaza survivor, still struggles to drag her heavy prosthetic legs.