Shuddhashar

Shuddhashar (শুদ্ধস্বর) was established in 1990 at the advent of the little magazine movement in Bangladesh as an independent magazine and periodical of anti-establishment writing, working towards a broader socio-cultural movement.

Avijit-Ananta Mentorship Programme for writers (September-December 2022)

Since its inception, Shuddhashar has remained committed to giving marginalised voices a platform. Over three decades, we have had the privilege of publishing works of writers, poets, and artists who represent communities that live on the margins, who are denied rights by the dominant majority, and whose voices are silenced by governments and mainstream media …

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Is History Repeating Itself? The Russo-Ukrainian War, the Russo-Georgian War, and Eurasia’s Path Forward

As the stories about horrors in Ukraine grip international headlines, too much attention is focused on troop movement and scenes of military might, but not enough attention is paid to the internally displaced people and the humanitarian situation on the ground. I had seen Ms. Tinatin Japaridze, VP of Business Development for Critical Mass, give …

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A Decade Later, Another Deadly Attack on Progressives in Norway

We are deeply outraged by the Oslo mass shooting, which has left two people dead and many injured. The fact that a bar popular with the LGBT+ community was targeted suggests that it was a hate crime. Local police authorities are treating the incident as an Islamist terrorist attack. This is not the first time …

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Ananta Bijoy’s Murderers Are Found Guilty, and Shuddhashar Pledges to Keep His Dreams Alive

Between 2013 and 2016, numerous secular writers, religious minorities, and activists in Bangladesh were hacked to death by radical Islamists. This was a deliberate and coordinated onslaught on freethinking and free speech in Bangladesh. That particularly gruesome violent stage seems to have quietened, but the chilling effects persist through censorship and fear and an oppressive …

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Stop Putin! Stop War!

Shuddhashar stands in solidarity with the Ukrainians as we watch with horror the Russian invasion of their country. With this destructive and entirely unprovoked assault, Russia is aggressively seeking to destroy Ukrainian’s democratically elected government and the people’s own rights to independence and human dignity. Further, such flagrant violation of the territorial integrity of a …

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Episode: 20 | Interview with Marta Breen

In this episode of the Shuddhashar Free-Thought Podcast, Marta Breen, a Norwegian journalist, and nonfiction author whose work focuses primarily on women empowerment and women’s issues, joins the podcast as a valuable contributor to an important discussion about feminism, women’s issues, the male gaze, and more.  

Episode: 19 | Interview with Kasia Paprocki

In this episode of the Shuddhashar Freethought Podcast, Kasia Paprocki, an associate professor from the Department of Geography and Environment at the London School of Economics and Political Science, offers an eye-opening perspective on the climate crisis. Paprocki discusses the process of authoring her recently released book, Threatening Dystopias: The Global Politics of Climate Change …

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Episode: 18 | Interview with Sibusiso Hlubi

In this episode of the Shuddhashar Free-Thought Podcast, Sibusiso Hlubi, a valued worker in ICT for government foreign affairs and foreign embassies, joins the podcast as a valuable contributor to an important discussion about South Africa’s various responses to the coronavirus pandemic, travel bans imposed on South Africa, and vaccine apartheid.

Set Assange Free but Also Hold Him Accountable

Barring a miracle, Julian Assange will soon be extradited to the United States and face espionage charges. Forsaken by his native country Australia, stripped of citizenship by his adopted country Ecuador, Assange finds himself a persona non grata in hostile territory — Great Britain. To a motley group of die-hard supporters that includes, inter alia, …

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