Hana Shams Ahmed | The Daily Star
  • Hana Shams Ahmed

  • The Politics of Indigeneity and the Jumma struggle for land and recognition

    In May 2011, Iqbal Ahmed—first secretary of the Bangladesh Mission in New York—stated at the 10th session of the United Nations
  • What does it mean to celebrate International Women's Day in Bangladesh where violence against Jumma women is normalised?

    I am not going to parse my words over this one. Bangladesh has practically decriminalised the rape of Jumma women. By “decriminalisation”, I do not mean it from a legal perspective but rather that, by creating an environment of impunity for criminals, the state has made it politically and socially acceptable for anyone to rape Jumma women and not face any consequences for it. This decriminalisation, I argue, is part of a larger political strategy of dispossession of the Jumma people from their land.
  • “We will be soldiers in a battlefield”

    In 2001 Hill Women's Federation published a compilation of Kalpana Chakma's diary entries, letters to her comrades, news articles about her abduction and fact-finding reports by groups about the circumstances around her disappearance.

    A TV commercial by a prominent telecom company was brought to my attention through a Facebook post by a journalist.
  • The business of 'othering' and 'othering' as business

    Rrecently, at a talk on political stalemates at the Shilpakala Academy organised by a private university, a university student from the audience questioned the validity of my critique of the military's involvement in developing tourism in the Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT).