Ikhtisad Ahmed

Pray Howl, Bangladesh

I have seen the best minds of my generation destroyed at conception, liberated fruits of loins poisoned by fervent nationalism impregnating eggs made fertile by distilled neoliberalism, stark naked foetuses growing daily weekly monthly, drip drip drip-fed dogma gestated over half a century, better to be but never aborted; dragged through brown streets by angry …

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Joy Bangla pseudo-liberalism on the eve of progressive change

To defeat Awami League’s authoritarianism, Bangladeshi progressives must dismantle the structure of influence of this faux liberalism, to afford future protesters a fighting chance to develop a movement. The alternative is permanent defeat and the end of progressivism, of hope.   Sajeeb Wazed Joy criticises the American police for brutally suppressing its citizens during the …

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Bangladesh looks ahead full of optimism

Bangladesh looks ahead full of optimism, to a barren wasteland

All the conversations surrounding the eleventh general election in Bangladesh, scheduled for 30 December 2018, are about how free and fair it will be, or whether it will be free or fair at all. It is an objective issue as well as a partisan one, with the valid concerns of the former drowned by myopia …

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Ikhtisad Ahmed । The struggle for freedom, against the definitive licensed fraud

 Geography lessons from a bygone era teach that Bangladesh is the land of rivers and mosques. The rivers have waned and shrivelled, but the mosques have thrived, many assuming a nefarious cloak. Like his idol Anwar al-Awlaki, Jashimuddin Rahmani, the spiritual leader of Islamists in the country, delivered many an influential sermon at his prominent …

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