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Delayed compensation and deferred justice

Delayed compensation and deferred justice

It has been five years since Reba leaped out of the third floor of the Tazreen garments factory and fractured both her legs. It's been half-a-decade since a rod pierced through Akash's eyebrow, after he smashed a window in an attempt to escape the burning floor. It has also been five years since either of them have had a good night's sleep.



Once upon a time on the bank of the Fulesshari river, there lived a Supergirl by the name of Chandrabati. It was Chandrabati who started telling the HerStories. Before her time, stories were told about princes, heroes, and rajas, but Chandrabati wrote about heroines, princesses and ranis. This changed everything.

  • Are women not revolutionaries?

    It is true that the task of remembering revolutionary women at the rallies of the October Revolution Centennial falls primarily on the women. But the responsibility is not theirs alone.

  • Professor Begum Budrunnesa Ahmad

    A trailblazer for women's empowerment

    May 1954 was a tumultuous time in the history of Bangladesh. Although the United Front, a coalition of East Pakistan's major parties, achieved a landslide victory against Pakistan's Muslim League in the East Bengal Legislative Election of 1954, their legislative assembly was forcefully dissolved by the military-backed government.

  • The old man and the labyrinth of books

    But what do you gain by giving? It teetered, the question, like a teacup on legs performing a balancing act, on the tip of my tongue, but—to my credit, to my utmost credit—I did not say it. Instead, I asked, gesturing to the brilliantly untidy pile of books, “Why give these away? And at so low a price?”

  •  Pushkar Fair Pushkar Mela

    When in Pushkar

    The Pushkar Fair or Pushkar Mela is held annually in Pushkar, Rajsthan during the month of Kartik. It is the largest livestock fair in India where camels, horses and cows are traded.

  • Tickle your intellect this Lit Fest

    Tickle your intellect this Lit Fest

    It's that time of the year again—to soak in the muted, winter sun on the dewy early-morning lawn, sipping shatkora and lotkon sherbets as you give up body and soul to rapturous lines of poetry, all eyes and ears for the literary luminaries and cultural icons who grace the grounds of Bangla Academy this weekend-and-a-half as Dhaka Lit Fest (DLF) returns for its third year.

  • The spectre of Red October: 100 years of the Russian Revolution

    The 1917 October Revolution was a watershed moment in history. Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels set the philosophical vision for the scientific theory of revolution, and even actively fought for it, but it was Vladimir Lenin under whose stewardship it became a reality.

  • Landlessness in “Desterrados”: through the outsider's gaze?

    When I heard that there was an exhibition on the Bede community at Shilpakola, and that a foreigner had taken the photographs, my curiosity was piqued—I was interested, but also worried.

  • What the layman thinks about climate change

    Climate change, though felt ubiquitously across the globe ever increasingly, still remains a bone of contention, sometimes hard enough for many to sink their teeth into.

  • One year and counting…

    Dizen Tudu wasn't always a calculative person. There was a time when he could work in the field under the sweltering heat all day and still have enough energy left in him to play with his three boys at home in the evening.

  • Rickshaw restrictions: privilege for some, disaster for the puller

    For the longest time my vocabulary in Bengali was limited to bame, dane and ekhane. Three little words that proved invaluable when navigating Dhaka traffic from the back of a rickshaw.

  • Rules of engagement

    A nine-to-five workday spent dangerously close with the opposite sex in a sequestered office cubicle makes it painstakingly difficult for things not to get steamy once in a while.

  • Bangladesh's silent service to the world

    Quite out of the public eye, a health organisation has been routinely sending experts to manage the diarrhoea and cholera epidemics that break out in conflict zones.

  • A tragic footnote in American history

    The long wait for a novel from short story genius George Saunders is finally over. And as anyone who knows Saunders's work would expect, his first novel is a strikingly original production, a divisively odd book bound either to dazzle or alienate readers.

  • A change in trend

    The year did end on a sour note for the Bangladesh national cricket team. While the South African series was bound to be difficult, the Tigers were expected to put up a much better show than the 7-0 drubbing.


    “But some secrets are too delicious not to share.” ― Suzanne Collins

  • The abandoned mothers

    Thirteen-year-old Rupa Akter begs on a foot over-bridge in the capital's Shewrapara area, with her eight-month-old son, Nirob. Akter lives in a makeshift house (if one can call the threadbare tarp tent a house) under the bridge—her unemployed husband left her and married another woman during her pregnancy.

  • How Trump is endangering undocumented Bangladeshi-American youth

    A group of undocumented Bangladeshi-Americans are in a fix but there is no talk of it in their country of origin.

  • Jailed in God's own country

    While Bangladeshi trafficked victims and those looking for work have traditionally been found in various parts of Northern India, finding them in the southernmost parts of the country is a relatively new trend.

  • The promise of municipalities

    Bangladesh's towns and cities are infested with problems resulted from uncontrolled population growth and unplanned infrastructural developments.

  • Xi Jinping bores party into submission, takes over world

    Xi Jinping, the Chinese president, has recently been bandied about by serial exaggerators like The Economist, Foreign Affairs and Foreign Policy as the most powerful man in the world.

  • “Subodh” artist arrested [SATIRE]

    Dhaka, Bangladesh: The police in Dhaka have arrested an artist who they say is the creator of the much-talked-about graffiti series “Subodh,” along with his two alleged collaborators.

  • Stranger thoughts

    The slow but steady permeation of American and British TV into the lives of millennials and post-millennials has been raged at by living-room social scientists ever since Ross and Rachel found out that going back and forth in a relationship before marriage makes for good television.

  • Where blue birds fly

    All the houses in the city have it—an empty patch under the sky.

  • Meet the world's most infamous diamond

    The world's most infamous little diamond—only the 90th largest in the world—glimmers along a bloody trail from throne to armband, (briefly) a humble paperweight, from brooch to crown, smuggled and secreted, carelessly misplaced or locked away, looted, gifted, exhibited, mocked, cut and, even today, sought by several claimants.

  • Lazy man's guide to becoming fit like Hugh Wolverine

    We have seen him flex his muscles and unsheathe his claws. Women and men love him with equal intensity.

  • Is BTV obsolete?

    BTV, at best, is a nostalgic reminder of the past—of the powerful, yet entertaining serials and dramas of the 70s and 80s—when it was the sole broadcaster of the country.

  • The inequality of Dhaka's roads

    Are all roads treated equally by them? Why was the initiative to improve roads, footpaths and drains in the upscale tri-state area prioritised by the incumbent Mayor and the DNCC in their first two years in office?

  • Financing tertiary education

    Every year, after the university admission tests, we find students who score well, but cannot afford their educational expenses, and eventually drop out. Private banks, on the other hand, offer many lucrative loan products for their customers, including education loans.

  • Phoenix of Longadu

    “After the landslide, it became all too clear where the aid was headed. Of course there would be an inclination to send relief to the Bengalis,” says Mrittika Kamal, Director of Terracotta Creatives and one of the curators of Phoenix of Longadu, a charity exhibition, held between October 16 and 19 at Drik Gallery, dedicated to raising funds for the affected families.

  • Alia Madrasa: an education system on its death bed

    Most of these madrasas, including the Government Madrasah-E-Alia, Dhaka have lost their foundational spirit of producing skilled manpower by providing unified education with religious knowledge.