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.

Stop Genocide!

In Stop Genocide, a short documentary that runs a modest length of twenty-odd minutes, the Bangladeshi writer and filmmaker Zahir Raihan masterfully documented the atrocities committed by the Pakistani armed forces in Bangladesh’s liberation war of 1971. Raihan became a victim of the very same genocide he documented two days before it officially ended. While …

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Denmark’s Return to Blasphemy Laws

Shuddhashar FreeVoice is deeply worried about the long-term implications and consequences if Denmark illegalizes the burning of the Qur’an because of outside pressure. While we consider the burning or banning of any book to be abhorrent and anti-democratic, we also strongly support freedom of expression and freedom to critique religious norms, practices, and all political …

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Cultural Genocide: In Conversation with Esther Brito and Henrik Kjellmo Larsen

In this special episode of the Shuddhashar Free-thought podcast, we focus on the theme of our November 2022 issue, Cultural Genocide. Joined by contributors Esther Brito and Henrik Kjellmo Larsen, PhD researchers at the American University School of International Service and Monash University in Australia, respectively, we attempt to deconstruct and walk through the evolution of cultural genocide in the 21st century.

Authoritarianism: In Conversation with Sofia Karim

In this episode of the Shuddhashar Free-thought Podcast, Sofia Karim, an architect, campaigner for prisoners of conscience and founder of the Turbine Bagh project, an art movement borne against fascism and authoritarianism in Bangladesh and India. Karim sheds light on the sytematically censored stories of enforced disappearances, incarceration, and the war on information by the …

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Race Relations: In Conversation with Henrik Kjellmo Larsen

In this episode of Shuddhashar Free-thought Podcast, we discuss the history of race relations and prejudice, the role of NGOs in contentious politics, and Europe since the Syrian refugee crises of 2015. Our guest is Henrik Kjellmo Larsen, a PhD researcher on humanitarian volunteers at Monash University. 

Freedom to Publish Day

Publication houses play an vital role in sponsoring and promoting writers and thought-provoking work in a marketplace of ideas. Shuddhashar proposes we recognize this by making 31 October   Freedom to Publish Day.

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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Shuddhashar Condemns Attack on Salman Rushdie

It is with horror and anger that we express our strongest condemnation of the vicious attack on Salman Rushdie in New York. Rushdie has lived most of his life under the threat of assassination.  For his novel, The Satanic Verses, the Ayotollah Khomeini issued a fatwa against him in 1989, calling for his assassination. Publishers and …

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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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