Salimullah Khan

Symbolic and Imaginary in Nazrul Islam

Kazi Nazrul Islam, according to Kazi Abdul Wadud (1895-1970), perhaps the first formidable critic who took him seriously, “was the first writer among Bengali Muslims of the modern era who was able to conquer the hearts of Hindus and Muslims alike of Bengal.”

1m ago

Jasim Uddin’s 1971

There has not been much research on to what extent the shadow of 1971 has been reflected in Bangla literature.

6m ago

Bangladesh began badly: Remembering the roots of the impasse

Nationalism is not a political doctrine, not a programme. If you truly want your country to avoid regressing, halting, failing, it is necessary to march past national consciousness to political and social consciousness.

1y ago

The origin of the om: Ahmed Sofa’s aura

With the death of Ahmed Sofa on July 28, 2001, Bangladesh (or modern Bengal in historical perspective) lost not simply one of its most original thinkers; it also marked the passing of an age.

1y ago

Anti-colonial movements as passive revolution: Abdur Razzaq’s insights on 1947

This stain-splattered daybreak, this night-bitten dawn,

2y ago

Mary Frances Dunham: In memoriam

The blood of the farmer is very sweet and everybody wants to taste it;

2y ago

Was the Russian revolution a proletarian revolution?

What we call Russian revolution, from a long-term view, is a revolution in three episodes. Lenin called 1905 a "dress rehearsal" and, as Paul Dukes among others notes, he was the first to argue that October must follow on from February. So did Trotsky.

6y ago

Bloodless genocide: The allegorical gaze of Ahmed Sofa

Ahmed Sofa, known in his lifetime as a firebrand, now appears to be no less memorable for his poems. I do not know yet how posterity is going to read him. But it is all apparent now.

6y ago
July 28, 2015
July 28, 2015

AHMED SOFA IN WEIMAR: A Bangali tribute to Goethe

Ahmed Sofa, as his mentor Abdur Razzaq once put it, “is an established literary figure of Bangladesh.”

April 14, 2015
April 14, 2015

Nazrul's passages from modernity

Lyric poetry makes for poor translation.

March 26, 2015
March 26, 2015

The Gaze as 'little object a': Bangladesh at the United Nations in 1971

'Since wars begin in the minds of men, it is in the minds of men that defences of peace must be constructed.' −UNESCO, The Constitution

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