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States of being divided

In this special issue, commemorating the 70th anniversary of the Partition, we bring together a set of writers from Bangladesh, India, and Pakistan, who in their respective fields—from academics to arts—have contributed to a deeper understanding of the fateful events of Partition and its continued repercussions.

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Why your drugs don't work

Why your drugs don't work

There are drugs that come as tablets or capsules and can be kept at room temperature. Then there are drugs that patients will not usually handle—reagents used by diagnostic centres to conduct tests or intravenous drugs administered by medical professionals.

Not relieved despite the relief
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Not relieved despite the relief

Barely three weeks ago, it would have taken someone a little more than 10 minutes to reach Kutupalong camp from the main station in Ukhia. Today, traffic jams on the Cox's Bazar-Teknaf Highway, arising from the increasing number of relief trucks arriving to help out the Rohingyas, has changed the scenario. But despite the admirable support of Bangladeshis for the four lakh-plus Rohingyas who entered Bangladesh in the last one month, many new refugees are still living on just muri and cha.

  • What happened where [INFOGRAPHIC]

    We map the shortest possible distances Rohingya families needed to take to reach Kutupalong Refugee Camp, as well as the destruction at Maungdaw and Rathedaung.


    “Here they learned to Wait. To Watch. To think thoughts and not voice them.” — Arundhati Roy

  • An ominous trend

    Statistics related to floods and cyclones display a dramatic increase in intensity in the last three decades in Bangladesh and experts fear that the trend is likely to get worse.

  • How flows become floods

    Failure of flood embankments and absence of alternative solutions are leading Bangladesh to a watery grave.

  • The history of statelessness

    With violence erupting across the border in Myanmar and the number of new Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh crossing two lakh in number, it becomes imperative to revisit exactly how the ethnic minority has been persecuted through the decades.

  • Hustlers on the loose

    Thirty-eight-year-old Anisur Rahman had decided to send his sister BDT 10,000 through a bKash outlet on his way home from work. Eid was nearby and his sister needed some extra cash. Upon reaching the outlet, Anisur discovered that he was not the only one who urgently needed to transfer money. He was asked to write down his sister Jakia Sultana's account number and wait. A few minutes later, the agent informed Anisur that his money had been transferred and asked him to call Sultana to confirm.

  • Stalking victims being failed

    In July 2017 alone, 22 females were stalked, one of whom committed suicide due to stalker harassment. A further 14 people were collateral damage for protesting stalking of the victims, of whom two men were killed and 11 people injured. Though females overwhelmingly constitute targets of stalking and sexual harassment, male family members and relatives protesting often too suffer violence at the hands of stalkers.

  • Whimsical, political, subversive: A review of 'Tasher Desh'

    There are no bright lights, no potted greens artistically arranged around the entrance, no indication that an exhibition is going on somewhere here in Arambagh.

  • The 'other' side of the Wall

    Envisaged as vast, impregnable structures in their inception, walls have been proclaimed to defend realms and their inhabitants from invaders for time immemorial. The same can be said to apply to the Wall in George RR Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire series, televised on-screen as Game of Thrones.

  • 5 stages to traffic jam survival for non-ministers

    Most of Bangladesh's cities are now suffering from acute mobility issues. Dhaka has cars and no roads. Thanks to rain, Chittagong has converted roads to waterways but with no boats. Sylhet is full of motorcycles that look like those horror scenes where a spider egg just burst.

  • We, the 'Amm-public'

    I am a 'Janagon'—an 'Amm-public'. If you still don't get it, then let me spell it out for you, because I know you are an 'Amm-public' too—the ever-so-celebrated mango people. I hope you now realise who I am as well as who you are.

  • Guam: The unlikely third wheel

    If Eid is about those less fortunate than yourself, spare a thought this holiday for the often forgotten and even less often remembered people of Guam.

  • An unlikely find

    A medieval French village in Malaysia


    “Time is a game played beautifully by children.” ― Heraclitus, Fragments

  • This time Dhaleshwari

    Leather factories polluting again

  • Cruelty before sacrifice

    Dhola Babu was the most prized possession of cattle farmer Abdus Sabur. At only two-and-a-half years, Dhola Babu, the Friesian bull had gained a staggering 1200 kilograms of muscle.

  • I deserve the blue

    When 13-year-old Rafiul Islam Rabby was having trouble breathing, his mother Rabeya Begum didn't take it very seriously—not initially, at least. A week after, she noticed her son was coughing and wheezing throughout the night, unable to sleep. This time, Rabeya Begum took her son to the hospital.

  • Ethically representing narratives of birangonas

    An estimated 200,000-400,000 women and girls were raped by the Pakistani army and their local Bengali collaborators during the Liberation War of Bangladesh. Six days after the war ended on December 16, 1971, women raped during the war were designated birangonas, war heroines, in an effort by the fledgling Bangladeshi government to recognise and honour them.

  • Phulbari Movement of 2006: Where we stand now

    "This success is the first step towards victory. And all the credit must go to the brave people of Phulbari,” said Engineer Shekih Muhammand Shahidullah, Convener of the National Committee to Protect Oil, Gas, Mineral Resources, Ports, and Power, to the thousands gathered on the streets of Phulbari, Dinajpur

  • A thousand gardens

    Where have the fish in the Buriganga gone? Bubbling with rich, garish tones that can belie the grim reality, the waters of the Buriganga, once the lifeblood of the capital, tell our very own tale of woe.

  • An unbearable loneliness

    Haruki Murakami's 'Men Without Women'

  • Surviving our long distance marriage

    Courtesy of studying and working in different countries, the vast majority of my half-a-decade long marriage has been long distance.

  • Enemies of traffic safety: Fog lights and fancy wheels

    When you get a good thing, you don’t let it go. Unless of course you instantly find a better thing. A better thing is almost always greater than a good thing. This is great advice when it comes to choosing fish at the frozen food section. A fresh fish is a good thing. A fish that smiles and waves at you is fresher, hence a better thing.

  • VIP area declared semi-autonomous

    Rafique Ahmed sits relishing his 300 taka coffee. An employee at a top MNC, Rafique is one of thousands of citizens affected by the latest law that resulted in the federalisation of the VIP areas of the country.

  • An Irish Monimul and the Sumaiya clause

    In a move that seems to have garnered as much attention in Bangladesh as Neymar's record transfer to PSG and is the first of its kind, Bangladeshi cricketer Monimul Haqque has decided to apply for an Irish citizenship.


    “The shadow escapes from the body like an animal we had been sheltering.” ― Gilles Deleuze

  • University of Dhaka and the partitioning of Bengal

    A recent and a very good historian of Bengal, Nitish Sengupta has observed that [in the mid-19th century] 'Nowhere else in the subcontinent were Muslims as worse off in Bengal, just as, paradoxically, few other communities derived as much benefit from British rule as the Bengali Hindus'.

  • Restorying Partition: Sabuha Khan

    When Partition occurred Sabuha Khan's parents were divided on whether to leave Delhi and Rohtak permanently.

  • Why this special issue on Partition?

    Is history too much with us? In some sense, yes, but in its broader and deeper sense, no.

  • How a nationalist movement turned communal

    Who is to blame for the 1947 Partition of India and the large-scale violence that it triggered? There are accusations and recriminations.