Interview in English

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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The Resistance is Collective, Not Individual: Shuddhashar interview with Shahidul Alam May 2019

The Resistance is Collective, Not Individual: Shuddhashar interviews Shahidul Alam

While there has been an increase in extremism in Bangladesh, I believe this is not because the general public is more extremist. It is the absence of value-based politics that has fertilised the ground for extremists to thrive upon. The youth are looking for alternatives, and right now, only the extremists provide a value-based option. …

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Saleem Samad Interview

Shuddhasahr interviews Saleem Samad about the state of democracy and press freedom in Bangladesh

Saleem Samad is an award-winning investigative reporter and recognised as an Ashoka Fellow (USA) for agenda setting journalism in 1991 and a recipient of the Hellman-Hammett Award recipient (2005). He is a correspondent for Paris-based international rights organisation Reporters Without Borders (RSF) and a pro-bono contributor to the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) and the …

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Parvathy Baul

Shuddhashar speaks to Parvathy Baul about the role of compassion to reduce suffering in the world

Parvathy Baul (b. 1976) is an accomplished singer, teacher, instrumentalist, and practitioner in the Baul tradition of Bengal (India and Bangladesh).  She has performed in over forty countries, led several workshops, published a book on the Baul tradition, and recorded five CDs. As a teacher, she carries on the lineage of Sanatan Das Baul and …

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Helge Lunde interview

Helge Lunde talks to Shuddhashar about exile and why it is always by definition about loss, suffering, uprootedness.

Helge Lunde (1961) has been a longtime advocate for freedom of expression. He was the director of Kapittel, Stavanger International Festival of Literature and Freedom of Speech from 1998-2005. During the same period, he was responsible for Stavanger as the City of Refuge for persecuted writers, and he worked together with Norwegian PEN to develop …

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WILLIAM NYGAARD

In an interview with Shuddhashar, William Nygaard explains why, after the fatwa, publishing Rushdie’s book became a sacred and imperative duty

We received the English version of Satanic Verses in the fall of 1988, even before the demonstrations in Bradford took place. We were surprised that our colleague (Gyldendalske) in Denmark refused the book of such a promising author, and not for controversial reasons. None of us saw the dimension of the objectionable perspective until the …

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What happens in Bangladesh is similar to what happens in most so-called Muslim countries worldwide: An interview with Marieme Helie Lukas

I think I said it already when I pointed at the need to qualify in political terms and not in religious ones, the extreme right political movements working under the guise of religion in our countries. “Terrorism” has an ideological basis that needs to be exposed and combated. One cannot hope to defeat the Muslim …

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I am impressed by people’s courage: An interview with Elisabeth Dyvik

ICORN is an organization that provides residencies for writers and artists who can no longer express themselves freely in the countries where they want to live and work. Many who approach us have already had to leave, or are in hiding.  Some are still working at home, but under considerable pressure.   Elisabeth Dyvik has been the …

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