Dhaka University Professor Emeritus Serajul Islam Choudhury yesterday said the brutal suppression of dissent at universities is alarming because these institutions are supposed to nurture free speech.
Eminent thinker and writer Professor Serajul Islam Choudhury, in this interview with Badiuzzaman Bay of The Daily Star, outlines his views about the current state of leftist politics, the upcoming election, and the future of politics and youth leadership in Bangladesh.
If “life is lived forward but understood backward”—as the Danish philosopher Søren Kierkegaard once put it—Choudhury can look back and easily say in the words of the Turkish poet Nazim Hikmet: “This is how you must love the earth/so you can say 'I have lived.'”
Today - June 23 - marks the 80th birthday of Serajul Islam Choudhury. He was my teacher in the English Department of Dhaka University.
A Dhaka court rejects a complaint brought against challengers of state religion Islam.
Professor Serajul Islam Choudhury is a man of diverse traits. He is a well-known, much revered voice that speaks in support of human rights, freedom of expression, environmental protection, social justice and anti-corruption. He has had a long career of teaching at the Department of English Language and Literature at Dhaka University.