Sushmita S. Preetha

THE SOUND AND THE FURY

The writer is an activist, journalist and outraged feminist.

Did we have to pay such a heavy price for this verdict?

The verdict is in. The Appellate Division through its observations has recommended that quotas be restricted to seven percent: five percent for freedom fighters’ descendants, one percent for ethnic minorities, and one percent for people with disabilities.

2d ago

Death is built into our cityscapes

Why do authorities gamble with our lives?

4m ago

Geof Wood: 'I feel my identity is tied up with Bengal'

Geof Wood talks to Sushmita S Preetha of The Daily Star about his latest book, in which he explores the dilemmas of being an academic immersed in the processes of development and the intersection between policymaking and activism.

5m ago

The violence of silencing a rape survivor

That justice for rape survivors is a mirage in this country is no news, with a miserable conviction rate of three percent in rape cases.

5m ago

‘Human rights obligations are not an imposition from the outside’

UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Opinion and Expression Irene Khan speaks with The Daily Star about the recent general election, shrinking space for dissent, and the pressing need to address human rights concerns in Bangladesh.

6m ago

The price we pay with each deleted word

With each new term of the ruling regime, and each new provision or law, we have learnt a bit more of self-censorship.

6m ago

Govt's priority is to access, not protect, our personal data

The government has heavily invested in purchasing surveillance equipment and enhancing the capacities of various agencies to use them over the years, but it hasn't shown an iota of the same interest in what should have been its priority—protection of citizens’ data

8m ago

You can’t quell workers’ hunger by opening fire on them

Rather than assuage the workers by announcing a respectable wage, the wage board has essentially fuelled workers’ outrage and made a mockery of the wage negotiation process

8m ago
January 10, 2023
January 10, 2023

An energy sector on steroids

Why should we pay for the government’s questionable policies?

October 27, 2022
October 27, 2022

If only irony could pay bills…

There are two kinds of numbers that I find difficult to digest these days. The more I try to swallow the one, the more unpalatable the other becomes. 

August 17, 2022
August 17, 2022

How to get away with murder

The authorities can’t escape liability for deaths at BRT site by blaming the contractors

May 24, 2022
May 24, 2022

Normalise happy divorces, not unhappy marriages

Why do we never question the psychological impact on children stuck between two parents in an unhappy marriage?

April 21, 2022
April 21, 2022

When sentiments reign over reason

Some of us may breathe a sigh of relief that Hriday Mondal, imprisoned for 19 days and denied bail twice, for trying to explain the difference between science and religion to his students, has been granted bail.

April 3, 2022
April 3, 2022

An ordinary person’s guide to dangerous online regulations

Two dangerous policy drafts regulating our online presence have been prepared right in front of our noses, and except for a few usual suspects crying wolf, there has been little public outrage over it.

November 2, 2021
November 2, 2021

When the state wants to make criminals out of journalists

Anyone who has seen the video of Chattogram-based journalist Golam Sarwar—taken shortly after he was found unconscious on the banks of a canal following a disappearance of three days—is unlikely to forget the helplessness and fear coursing through his bruised being, as he kept on uttering the words, “Please, brother, I won’t write anymore.”

October 20, 2021
October 20, 2021

This is not how Hindu devotees wanted to bid farewell to Durga

The scenes are at once familiar and unfamiliar.

December 1, 2020
December 1, 2020

The coal conundrum: Are we really moving away from dirty energy?

After a decade of ruthlessly pursuing the world’s dirtiest fuel, the Ministry of Power, Energy and Mineral Resources (MoPEMR) is contemplating closing down 13 of the 18 previously approved coal-based power projects around the country and apparently switching to “cleaner” alternatives.

November 13, 2020
November 13, 2020

The bloody view from the resort in the hills

The announcement that a five-star “Marriott Hotel and Amusement Park” is being built in Bandarban no doubt comes as welcome news to Bengali elites and the nouveau riche looking for novel and Instagrammable ways of spending their weekends and disposable incomes in the luscious hills of the CHT.

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