Opinion

September 8, 2020
September 8, 2020

Remembering two key 1971 commanders we just lost

At a time when Bangladesh is planning the historic celebration of the 50th anniversary of independence next year, the demises, in quick succession, of two great commanders of the Liberation War,...

September 4, 2020
September 4, 2020

Pranab Mukherjee: A Mentor for Mass Leaders

A major disappointment in the public life of India’s first Bengali President Pranab Mukherjee, who died on August 31, 2020, was that he could never contest and win direct elections to parliament,...

August 19, 2020
August 19, 2020

In memory of Sayeeda Khanam: The girl with a Rolleicord

Imagine women entering the field of photography, historically dominated by men, during a time when they were even more strictly confined to certain socially constructed roles.

August 18, 2020
August 18, 2020

Remembering Murtaja Baseer: The master of ‘abstract realism’

At 75, Murtaja Baseer is as agile and hyperactive as a child, with a mind as sharp and clear. In his cosy apartment in Manipuripara, Baseer eagerly shows his oil paintings stacked against the walls...

July 28, 2020
July 28, 2020

Bir Protik Major Taher Ahmed: A Liberation War hero

Major Taher Ahmed BP (Rtd), of the first Bangladesh War Course (BWC), passed away on July 4, 2020, at Combined Military Hospital (CMH) Dhaka around 9 pm from a heart attack. The story of his life...

June 28, 2020
June 28, 2020

The man who healed with a smile

Every Friday, on the 13th-floor of Square Hospital, the resident medical officers, registrars and nurses waited for a call from the medical director, Dr Mirza Nazimuddin.

June 23, 2020
June 23, 2020

Remembering the rebel voice of Kamal Lohani

In the early sixties, cultural activists and student bodies with different political affiliations, led by their university faculty, played a crucial role in demanding democracy and holding the...

June 22, 2020
June 22, 2020

Adieu comrade Kamal Lohani

As we are living in the age of digitization, activism to bring about a change often remains confined in the virtual world but back in the 1950s, activism meant raising your voice and your hand in...

June 17, 2020
June 17, 2020

A funeral story that deserves to be shared

On June 6, thanks to modern technology, my siblings, nephews, nieces and their families in various countries in Asia, Europe and North America, virtually participated in every aspect of my Boro...

June 8, 2020
June 8, 2020

Niloufer Manzur: A visionary and guiding light

After days of mourning and sadness, I wanted to take the time to recognise the person who for 36 years played a pivotal role in helping me raise my children. Along with her team at Sunbeams,...