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Bangladesh in global literature: Shuddhashar interviews Nadeem Zaman and Arif Anwar

Bangladeshi literature has historically been insulated from the world, floundering, thriving, and existing in a cocoon of its own making. To that end, the advent of Bangladeshis writing in English has been a catalyst for change. As Bangladesh adds its literature to the world’s, we speak to novelists Nadeem Zaman (In The Time Of The …

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Episode:2 | Interview with Tasneem Khalil

Investigative journalist and self-described anarchist Tasneem Khalil is the editor-in-chief of Netra News and author of the book, _Jallad: Death Squads, and State Terror in South Asia_ (2016). We speak to this leading commentator on Bangladesh to glean insights into the current state of affairs in a country described as moderately Muslim and a democracy. …

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Episode:1 | Magazine’s LGBTIQ+ issue

Welcome to Shuddhashar’s Free-Thought podcast. In this episode, we highlight the special issue on LGBTIQ+ rights in a conversation between guest editor Shakhawat Hossain Rajeeb and contributors Orchi Lohani and Ibtisam Ahmed. The three discuss the realities of queer activism and solidarity, and how platforms like Shuddhashar play a crucial role in supporting marginalized voices. …

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Mubarak Bala is incarcerated for a victimless crime. Set him free!

Shuddhashar is deeply alarmed by the arrest of Mubarak Bala, a well-known humanist, who serves as the president of the Humanist Association of Nigeria. Persecution of the non-religious is nothing new; its history can be traced to the age of antiquity when belief in a creator of the world buttressed the legitimacy of the state. …

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Clamping down on dissidents will not stem the tide of coronavirus deaths

The Covid-19 pandemic, currently sweeping across the globe and claiming thousands of lives every day, has laid bare the remarkable ineptitude of authoritarian leaders worldwide in resolving the humanitarian crisis that it has engendered. Demagogues today spend more time in flouting social distancing regulations and in clamping down on their critics than in stemming the …

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It can’t be the job of any civilized government to suppress freedom of expression.

Freedom of expression has never really existed in Bangladesh. Governments as well as religiously, politically, and economically powerful forces have always attacked any opinions and criticisms that conflict with their views and interests. In recent years, a self-destructive attempt to destroy all democratic values and culture has been made by the Bangladesh government. Looting is …

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Concern for Soheil Arabi, imprisoned for blasphemy in Iran

We express our concern and support of Soheil Arabi, an Iranian atheist, activist, and blogger who has been in prison for blasphemy charges since 2013. Arabi was arrested in December 2013 and sentenced to death for blasphemy by insulting the prophet, Khamenei, and other Iranian officials in a Facebook post. In 2015, after an appeal, his sentence …

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Harassment and Arrest of Bauls in Bangladesh Threatens Tradition

We are deeply disturbed about recent attacks against the Sufi and Baul community in Bangladesh. Not only do these attacks violate freedom of speech, they also violate freedom of religion. Bauls and Sufis in Bangladesh represent diverse communities, with many Bauls rooted in Islamic traditions of Sufism — the mystical branch of Islam that spread …

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Concerning India’s discriminatory Citizenship Act

Shuddhashar is observing with deep concern the events in India, where the Central Government of India recently passed the new Citizenship Act Bill (NRC & CAB), and India, known as the largest democratic state in the world, has adopted a policy of discriminating among people of different cultural, religious, and non-religious backgrounds. This policy will …

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The Power of Fadi’s Cartoons: When Words Fail

The Power of Fadi’s Cartoons: When Words Fail

Fadi Abou Hassan (FadiToOn) is an award-winning and widely published political cartoonist. In his cartoons, images of social and political contradictions swirl around the world’s conscience and humanity. His cartoon’s themes address freedom of expression, democracy, human rights, poverty, war, climate change, women’s rights, and many other critical topics. He comments on everyday life and …

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