Ahrar Ahmad

July 8, 2021
July 8, 2021

The politics of anti-politics: Corruption, democracy and the universities

I am fortunate, indeed blessed, to have been a part of Dhaka University (DU) as a student and a teacher from 1967-75.

April 5, 2021
April 5, 2021

Bengali Muslims and their identity: From fusion to confusion

One of the grand paradoxes facing Bangladeshis is expressed in the negotiations and contestations on the simple question about who they are, particularly in the context of the strains caused by the Universalist claims of their religion on the one hand and the particularist demands of their ethnicity and culture on the other.

March 28, 2021
March 28, 2021

Development in Bangladesh: A most pleasant surprise

Bangladesh illustrates a most intriguing and delightful puzzle in international development. After its independence in 1971, it was dismissed

December 16, 2020
December 16, 2020

Secularism in Bangladesh: The troubled biography of a constitutional pillar

The ubiquity of the word “secularism” (it is mentioned in more than 75 of the world’s constitutions as an ideal the State promotes, or an organising principle that it affirms), and the passionate discussions it generates throughout the world, sometimes distracts us from the fact that its origins are relatively recent.

October 14, 2020
October 14, 2020

Contra capital punishment even in this ‘rapedemic’

The demand was predictable. Given the outrage that has been generated by the vicious acts of assault and dehumanisation that have been inflicted on women over some time, it even appears justifiable.

August 24, 2020
August 24, 2020

ANIS BHAI: TEACHER

Dr. Anisuzzaman’s life was a radiant gift to us, his departure an irreparable loss. The usual metaphors that have been applied (tower of strength, conscience of the nation, a reassuring lighthouse, an iconic intellectual/cultural presence , an institution by himself, a large and shady tree, the embodiment of humanist principles, and so on) may all be applicable.

June 26, 2020
June 26, 2020

Racism in America: Police Chokehold is Not the Issue

The American project was founded on rank hypocrisies. On the one hand, President Thomas Jefferson, who wrote the stirring words in the Declaration of Independence that upheld “these truths to be self-evident that all men are created equal”, did not free his own slaves (not even Sally Hemings, who bore him six children).

June 1, 2020
June 1, 2020

On free speech and the imperatives of democracy

It is almost axiomatic that free speech is indispensable to democracy.

April 21, 2020
April 21, 2020

Bern baby Bern: The struggle goes on

On April 8, Bernie Sanders was compelled to fold his bid for the Presidency. Consistent with his decency as a human being, his graciousness as a

February 27, 2020
February 27, 2020

In Defence of Politics

The word “politics” is much maligned and stigmatised. It suffers from a huge image problem both in the world as well as in Bangladesh.