Sushmita S. Preetha

THE SOUND AND THE FURY

The writer is an activist, journalist and outraged feminist.

November 30, 2018
November 30, 2018

Dear university, are you listening?

On November 20, an undergraduate student of BRAC University (BRACU) lost his life in the university's residential campus, referred to by students as TARC, in Savar—according to official...

October 26, 2018
October 26, 2018

THE LAST RIFF

When you meet Ayub Bachchu off stage, it is easy enough to forget that he is a legendary rockstar. The signs are there, of course—in his all-black attire, the exclusive guitars that he fiddles with...

September 28, 2018
September 28, 2018

Not even the bare minimum

Renu Begum* can remember little of the life she had before she moved to Dhaka and joined a garments factory at the age of 12. Her father, a fisherman, had moved to Dhaka with his family in the...

September 2, 2018
September 2, 2018

Struggling to be gracious hosts

A year ago, when tens of thousands of destitute Rohingya, fleeing systematic violence in Rakhine State, had arrived at the outskirts of the small tourist town of Cox's Bazar in Bangladesh,...

September 18, 2017
September 18, 2017

Ethical challenges of documenting Birangonas

There is a need for a descriptive narrative as opposed to a simplistic narrative. The Fhuljaan story is a clear example. Also the issue of anonymity vs confidentiality—do we anonymise these...

May 5, 2017
May 5, 2017

The myth of the 8-hour work day

Banu Begum, a 38-year-old garment worker, leaves home at 7.30 in the morning, drops off her two daughters at a nearby madrasa and then walks to her factory a few kilometres away.

April 21, 2017
April 21, 2017

Living with the ghost of Rana Plaza

People tell her she is lucky to be alive, to have escaped the “clutches of death”. They tell her to “count her blessings” for making it out of the rubble that was once Rana Plaza, with her limbs...

March 24, 2017
March 24, 2017

THE MESSENGER

1971, for families torn apart or displaced by the war, was a time of profound uncertainty, of not knowing where or how their loved ones were, of waiting for news – any news – good or bad.

August 4, 2016
August 4, 2016

The devil in development

The word “development” - eliciting as it does grandiloquent notions of progress - has become, at least in Bangladesh, something of a red herring.

June 7, 2016
June 7, 2016

“Is the Forest Department to be a landlord without any responsibilities?”

Bangladesh Environmental Lawyers Association's (BELA) chief executive Syeda Rizwana Hasan talks to Sushmita S Preetha of The Daily