Amar Ekushey 2016 | The Daily Star
  • Satyajit Roy's memorable speech at Dhaka

    I have been hearing about “Shaheed Dibosh” for a long time, about February 21. But if I had not come here and seen it for myself,

  • The economics of learning a new language

    When we look back at the previous century, we do so today with the wisdom that is only ever afforded to hindsight. But even through

  • In the land of the Bangalis

    AS we celebrate another Amar Ekushey, we remind ourselves of the importance of language in forming and defining our identities. We

  • One step forward, two steps back

    BANGLADESH'S vision of a knowledge-based society is shackled in the vicious cycle of falling readership and substandard publishing sector infested countless problems.

  • The first-ever bangla grammar and dictionary by a portuguese priest

    EVEN the school children at the primary school level today would tell us that the very first Bangla grammar and dictionary was written

  • Teaching my child her mother tongue

    Almost every morning I chat with my mom on Viber or Skype. We are thousands of miles apart, she is in Bangladesh and I am in the

  • The extinction of Bangla

    Every year the month of February makes me immensely proud to be a native speaker of Bangla. At the same time I am also happy to be

  • Old Bangla prose

    By my faith! For more than forty years I have been speaking prose without knowing anything about it!


    As we step into the 64th year since the fateful day of February 21, 1952, we take the opportunity to reflect on the long road we have