Shamsuddoza Sajen

Shamsuddoza Sajen is a journalist and researcher. He can be contacted at sajen1986@gmail.com

June 1, 2022
June 1, 2022

The testimony of Manik Mia

After the death of journalist Tofazzal Hossain, popularly known as Manik Mia, politician, journalist and litterateur Abul Mansur Ahmad wrote in a commemorative article titled “Jati Je Manik Harailo,” “It didn’t take us long to understand (what a gem we had lost); the countrymen understood it much later.”

May 20, 2022
May 20, 2022

Tea workers’ suffering is not just a labour issue

On  May 20, 1921, around 3,000 tea labourers were waiting at Chandpur railway station.

April 14, 2022
April 14, 2022

‘Long delays defeat the purpose of justice’

Prof Abul Quasem Fazlul Huq, the Ahmad Sharif professor at the Department of Bangla in the University of Dhaka, speaks about the verdict on Prof Humayun Azad murder case, which came out yesterday, and the overall situation in Bangladesh in a conversation with Shamsuddoza Sajen and Priyam Paul of The Daily Star.

April 14, 2022
April 14, 2022

Songs of our soil: In praise of Mymensingh’s Bangla folk ballads

Folk-ballads are living archives that represent the imagination, values, ideas, and aesthetics of the people to whom they belong. Folk-ballads are living archives that represent the imagination, values, ideas, and aesthetics of the people to whom they belong.

April 7, 2022
April 7, 2022

Carole Angier on writing the biography of WG Sebald

In Speak, Silence: In Search of W.G. Sebald (Bloomsbury, 2021), you write that the author’s British publisher, Christopher MacLehose, was in a dilemma to decide on Sebald’s genre of writing. After writing about his novel and his life for so long, how would you define Sebald’s genre?

December 16, 2021
December 16, 2021

Bangladesh wins freedom

The Liberation War in Bangladesh formally ended with the unconditional surrender by the Pakistan army in Dhaka today.

December 15, 2021
December 15, 2021

Bhutto walks out in tears

In a letter dated December 15, 1971, Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi expressed her deep frustration to US President

December 14, 2021
December 14, 2021

Malik cabinet resigns en masse

The entire regional government of East Pakistan headed by Dr AM Malik resigned today, disassociating itself from the central administration of Pakistan President Yahya Khan.

December 13, 2021
December 13, 2021

Third Soviet veto bars truce plan

In a letter to the UN Secretary General U Thant, Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi said “there can be a ceasefire and withdrawal of Indian armed forces” if Pakistan withdraws its troops from Bangladesh and reaches a political solution with the leaders there.

December 12, 2021
December 12, 2021

India, Russia discuss Bangladesh war

Soviet Deputy Foreign Minister Vasily V Kuznetsov held talks on Bangladesh with Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi today in New Delhi.