C R Abrar

Professor of International Relations at the University of Dhaka. He researches and writes on rights and migration issues.

January 18, 2022
January 18, 2022

The High Court said they were Bangladeshis

The members of camp-dwelling Urdu-speaking community (CDUSC) are both baffled and dismayed over a series of recent decisions by the Bangladesh government.

December 27, 2021
December 27, 2021

The indefatigable public intellectual and political mobiliser

A small incident took place at a school in Burdwan in 1944. A class teacher of Grade 7 was wrongly reprimanding a student, accusing him of stacking all the high benches of the classroom against the short ones the previous evening, when a lanky boy stood up and said, “It was not Abanti, it was me.” Impressed by the boy’s moral courage, the teacher excused him.

December 18, 2021
December 10, 2021
December 10, 2021
October 14, 2021
October 14, 2021

We must stand firm against incursions into academic freedom

What is academic freedom? Why is academic freedom a necessary condition for educational institutions?

September 28, 2021
September 28, 2021

World News Day: In defence of the messenger

Today, September 28, is observed globally as World News Day.

August 30, 2021
August 30, 2021

No flowers for the birthday boy

December 2, 2013 was the birthday of Mahfuzur Rahman’s—a Chhatra Dal leader of Bangshal—son. Mahfuz promised his son that he would bring him flowers on the occasion and went out to buy flowers in Shahbagh.

August 26, 2021
August 26, 2021

The desperate plight of workers in pandemic

They work in mills and factories, also under tin sheds in squalid conditions. They begin their long days commuting in crammed public transport vehicles or taking long walks, braving monsoon rain or summer heat.

July 27, 2021
July 27, 2021

The case for unfettered internet freedom

As human beings, we enjoy the right to think and express ourselves.

July 5, 2021
July 5, 2021

Covid reality, Hindutva and the state of academic freedom

“The situation is alarming, ghastly and uncertain. Deaths all around and institutions seem to be collapsing fast. More seriously, there is no able political head who can lead the nation at this stage of serious crisis”.