Essay in English

Shuddhshar always strives to finding new ways to satiate the intellectual appetite of its readers. Towards that end, we have added an Op-Ed section—the latest addition to Shuddhashar’s repository of intellectual tools. We aim to build a constellation of columnists from diverse backgrounds who would, from their unique perspectives, produce commentaries on contemporary sociopolitical issues and events that demand rigorous scrutiny, constructive criticism, and sober reflections. We also encourage our readers, especially those who live under the yoke of a repressive state apparatus, to use this platform to speak truth to power by penning columns and engaging in lively discussions in the comments section.

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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Redefining globalisation in time of new normal?

It is well over two decades since the global value chain (GVC) has earned the distinctive attribute of being the most influential factor in mapping pathways for countries — rich or poor alike — to not only grow but, more than anything, to survive in the thickly connected globalised world.   Now that many people across …

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Can Bangladesh cope with the loss of ‘knowledge-guardians’ in the post-Covid-19 world?

Covid-19 has hit Bangladesh hard. With more than two hundred thousand reported cases of infection according to the government sources and 2600 deaths at the time of this writing, becoming among the top twenty countries with the most reported infections. Bangladeshi mainstream media and citizen journalists have also reported over the last few months of …

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My community needs to stop saying “ALL LIVES MATTER”

It was within days of the murder of George Floyd by former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin on May 25, at the peak of the national protests that the killing sparked, at the center of which was, is, the Black Lives Matter movement, that they started appearing: Facebook posts on my feed of friends and …

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Editorial opinion | The persecution of Ahmadis in Bangladesh

It was in March 1953, the heyday of the Khatam-i Nubuwwat movement, when after weeks of turmoil the regional government of Punjab finally collapsed, as many supporters of Pakistan’s ruling party, the Muslim League, joined the ranks of rioters responding to the government’s reluctance in declaring Ahmadis as non-Muslim by burning down government establishments, looting …

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Ghost from the History!

One thing sub-continental post-colonial thinkers, especially Indians, emphasized in the global academic discourses is an awareness of colonialism. In doing so, the Indian think tank, sub-continental thinkers included, reduced the larger colonial fatalities and undermined the consequences where it mattered most: in Africa, the Americas, and the Oceania. Not surprisingly though, to one’s amusement, one …

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The persecution of Bauls is not new. It must stop

The torching of Ranesh Thakur’s music room, where he stored his musical instruments and 40 years’ worth of books containing traditional knowledge and Baul songs, is the latest of a series of attacks against humanists and minorities in Bangladesh. The persecution of Bauls is not new. During the 19th and early 20th centuries in the …

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Practice Social Solidarity, Not Social Distancing, During the Pandemic

It is increasingly clear how fear can bring out our inhumanity. With instructions to practice social distancing, stop border crossings, self-quarantine, or obey lockdowns comes a very familiar fear about the danger of others. The virus is real; the danger is real. Covid-19 is new threat that has manifested as a global pandemic. However, some …

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