FROM THE MARGINS

Shahbagh People’s Movement: New Generation Challenging the Unjust Structure

By. Mohammad Shahid Ullah Shahbagh movement is a new concept and milestone in the political history of Bangladesh that began on February 4, 2013. It’s a people’s movement organized by the Bangladesh Online Activist Network (BOAN)-a loose and informal network of youth bloggers, demanding capital punishment of war criminals of 1971, ban Bangladesh Jamat-e-Islami-JI (a communal fundamentalist party) for their…

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The Misings Need a ‘Cultural Revolution’

It was a rainy afternoon in Silapathar.  A group of about 25-30 Mising young boys and girls had gathered in the Kristi Kendra, (Cultural Centre) in Silapathar. While it rained outside, they continued to dance and practice. An eminent singer and dancer of the Mising community carefully watched over their every move, guiding them wherever she thought, they faltered. While…

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FROM THE MARGINS, LABOR, PERSONAL

LOCKED TO DEATH

They locked me They burnt me alive I don’t want any more press statements Why is the factory a prison?? I do not accept having to work under lockup conditions I DO NOT! We demand a real investigation, justice and punishment of those responsible We want the guarantee of natural deaths A collective of Writers-artists-teachers-cultural-political activists and citizens of Bangladesh…

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COLOURING OPINIONS, CREATING BARRIERS

Among the worst ill-effects of technology, perhaps the deadliest is its unprecedented potential in distorting opinions. Today many of us just pass on messages and videos from our cell phones, laptops, tablets and desktops etc without even blinking an eye. We have stopped meeting people in real and prefer to talk over the phone, emails or text messages. What’s deadlier…

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BODO-ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS CLASH HAUNTS ASSAM AGAIN

The clash between bodos and Illegal immigrants is back again. The trouble erupted when four Bodo youth were hacked to death by the residents of the Muslim dominated Jayapur village in Kokhrajhar. But the violence is not limited to kokhrajhar anymore and has spread to the district of Dhubri too. The death toll according has reached 32 and thousands have…

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THE MAN WHO MADE A FOREST

“Bangladeshi Miya:tosin maa:ng Sul:li Arado Kobi legela Jarmo:kintomang” (I am not a Bangladeshi immigrant And have no ability to grow cabbages in the sand) I remember listening to this Oi: Nitom (Folk Song) while growing up. Assam had seen a rush of Bangladeshi immigrants who had started vegetable farms in the fallow lands as a source of livelihood. The song…

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