6d ago| In Focus

Student politics in private universities: To be or not to be …

On September 2, the student front of a political party announced its intention to form committees in 16 private universities.  It was greeted with apprehension and alarm. 

1w ago| In Focus

The glorious history of Goalanda

There is more fiction than historical truth about the origin of the name ‘Goalanda’. According to a legend,

2w ago| In Focus

1971 and the case for secularism in Bangladesh and India

Bangladesh has just celebrated fifty years of independence; this year also marks fifty years since its Ganoparishad ratified the Constitution of Bangladesh. Anniversaries are as worthy occasions as any to recall why certain ideological principles were chosen to guide the new nation.

Dr Muhammad Shahidullah: A tribute

Dr Shahidullah is one of the greatest linguists that the South Asian region has produced. This is a universally acknowledged fact and one can easily use it as the beginning statement of an article on him.

University of Dhaka: The Trillion Dollar Opportunity Cost

Unlike in Western universities, the teaching staff of DU is constituted of her own brilliant graduates, but the brilliance of result is seldom the guarantee of excellence in teaching and competence in research.

Plassey: Myths and reality

Each year on 23 June arrives an occasion of template lament for Bengalis: the defeat of Siraj-ud-daulah at Plassey at the hands of forces led by Robert Clive—and Bengal’s subsequent quick subjugation by the East India Company.

September 26, 2022
September 26, 2022

Student politics in private universities: To be or not to be …

On September 2, the student front of a political party announced its intention to form committees in 16 private universities.  It was greeted with apprehension and alarm. 

September 19, 2022
September 19, 2022

The glorious history of Goalanda

There is more fiction than historical truth about the origin of the name ‘Goalanda’. According to a legend,

September 12, 2022
September 12, 2022

1971 and the case for secularism in Bangladesh and India

Bangladesh has just celebrated fifty years of independence; this year also marks fifty years since its Ganoparishad ratified the Constitution of Bangladesh. Anniversaries are as worthy occasions as any to recall why certain ideological principles were chosen to guide the new nation.

September 5, 2022
September 5, 2022

50 Years of Bangladeshi Advertising

The history of advertising in Bengal is as old as the history of modern print media in Asia. The first Asian newspaper -- The Calcutta General Advertiser -- was published from the British Bengal in 1780.

August 30, 2022
August 30, 2022

Where do the ‘disappeared’ disappear to?

While their families search every alleyway, survivors say that they lived right around the corner in the capital city. 

August 29, 2022
August 29, 2022

‘Bulbuli’: Nazrul’s music for future listeners?

We were at the dinner table. My wife asked if I had seen Bulbuli, the Coke Studio Bangla song. Till then I hadn’t. The upload was only a few days old.

August 22, 2022
August 22, 2022

Death and Displacement in Syed Waliullah’s Partition Stories

Perhaps the starkest image of the Partition, which created the two independent states of India and Pakistan in 1947, is that of the train massacres.

August 15, 2022
August 15, 2022

PARTITION or UNITY? BENGAL in 1947

Between May 9 and 14, 1947, in Sodepur near Calcutta, Mahatma Gandhi had a fascinating set of conversations with Hindu and Muslim leaders of Bengal.

August 8, 2022
August 8, 2022

Chakma resistance to British rule

The Battle of Plassey and the Battle of Boxar were the imperial wars between the East India Company and the Mughal authority, which in turn gave the Company a legal status in Bengal.

August 1, 2022
August 1, 2022

Memories of my father

A child’s memory of her parent is often difficult to narrate. There is no single narrative, no linear structure. There are so many stories, so many events that fold into each other.