Azfar Hussain

May 26, 2018
May 26, 2018

Kazi Nazrul Islam: Some Questions and Concerns

In his voice we continue to hear the cadences, inflections, and accents of resistance and even revolution.

May 19, 2018
May 19, 2018

Two Poems

You taught me language, and my profit on't

August 5, 2017
August 5, 2017

From Dhaka and Dirty Dialectics:

But, Dhaka, I hear your sepoy in the attic say, as he fashions his life after the size and shape of a solitude more tenacious than my

July 24, 2017
July 24, 2017

Confronting life, love, and liberation with a style

Mahmudul Haque wrote and remained silent equally remarkably in his lifetime. And when he wrote, he wrote productively, even intensely, with a peculiar passion untrammeled by momentary vicissitudes....

June 23, 2017
June 23, 2017

Serajul Islam Choudhury: A multi-dimensional teacher

If “life is lived forward but understood backward”—as the Danish philosopher Søren Kierkegaard once put it—Choudhury can look back and easily say in the words of the Turkish poet Nazim Hikmet: ...

May 27, 2017
May 27, 2017

Thinking about Nazrul in Cuba: Love and Revolution

I visited Havana, Cuba, in January this year. I was invited there to give a lecture on the significance of Fidel Castro and the reception of

June 23, 2016
June 23, 2016

Bangladesh's foremost oppositional intellectual

Today - June 23 - marks the 80th birthday of Serajul Islam Choudhury. He was my teacher in the English Department of Dhaka University.

June 4, 2016
June 4, 2016

Of Things

Things are material in the hardest sense of the term. Things have shapes, textures, structures, and even timbres. Things have tones,

April 23, 2016
April 23, 2016

The Khapra Ward Day: The Moment and the Movement

April 24, 1950. It was a sunlit Monday morning. There were 39—according to some, 42—political prisoners in the famous Khapra Ward

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