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October 7, 2020
October 7, 2020

Ziauddin Tariq Ali: A man who lived and gave as fully as his heart would allow

Ziauddin Tariq Ali was known to others as a freedom fighter, a cultural activist and a founder trustee of the Liberation War Museum.

September 28, 2020
September 28, 2020

Taking Fakruddin Biryani beyond Bangladesh: Chef Md Rafique no more

Chef Haji Mohammed Rafique of the Fakruddin brand has passed away yesterday (September 27) at the United Hospital, after suffering from infection in the lungs. He left behind the legacy of a culinary empire that his father, the legendary chef Md Fakruddin Munshi, had established.

September 19, 2020
September 19, 2020

Freedom fighter Tariq Ali: A man of great heart

With the sad demise of Ziauddin Tariq Ali, a colourful personality of the generation of Muktijoddha, a life-long crusader of secular liberal nationalist values of the liberation struggle has left the arena of history.

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, are too shocking.

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, which would have helped him shed the tag his critics gave him: “a politician without a mass base and following.”

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 and explains the various phases that he has gone through as an artist and the mentors who have helped him along the way.

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 and legacy is intimately connected to the Liberation War of Bangladesh and as his daughter, I wanted to chronicle it here.

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 Pakistani authoritarian regime to account.