Issue 3

Editorial

If we do not utilise and independently strengthen our democratic institutions, extrajudicial and unconstitutional extremism are only empowered more. Bangladesh is one of the most significant examples of this. Human rights have become a rhetorical concept now. There is systematic persecution of the LGBTQ+ community. Writers and bloggers are unable to exercise their freedoms of speech and expression. Publishers have to think twice before publishing any book lest it puts them in danger. The compromises the current Bangladeshi government is making with Islamic fundamentalists are a cause of great concern. In this situation, secularists are living in fear for rationalism and democratic values. Many other countries are similarly facing continuous attacks on their freedoms. Saudi atheist writer and activist Raif Badawi has been suffering in prison for several years. This is the reality of our modern world. This reality wounds us and fills our lives with bloodshed, anger, and protest. We want people all over the world – whether in Bangladesh, the Middle East, Europe, the Americas – to be able to speak freely, to express opinions and criticise openly.

Ahmedur Rashid Chowdhury । Speech at Oslo Freedom Forum

Greetings everybody.  My love affair with books began at an early age. A love of reading turned into a love of writing, which turned into a passion for publishing. I started my very first magazine when I was in my first year of college  – I called it Suddhashar, which means  “True Sense” or “True …

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শামীম রুনা । চোখবন্ধ অন্ধ সময়

উপন্যাস ২য় পর্ব চার:  ছোটচাচার ওপর এ্যাটাকের পর, টানা কয়েক দিন ছোটচাচার আবহে থাকার দরুণ অঞ্জলীর ভাবনার জগতে আমূল একটা পরিবর্তন এলো, যেন; ঘুমিয়ে পরা ভাবনার জগৎ সশব্দ কড়ানাড়ায় দড়ফড়িয়ে জেগে ওঠলো। কয়েক মাস আগেও ও ভাবতে পারেনি এমন কোনো পরিবর্তনের কথা বা প্রয়োজনীয়তা। ঠিক এই সময়টাতে দাঁড়িয়ে ওর মনে হয়, যদিও পরিবর্তনের কথা ও …

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Ikhtisad Ahmed । The struggle for freedom, against the definitive licensed fraud

 Geography lessons from a bygone era teach that Bangladesh is the land of rivers and mosques. The rivers have waned and shrivelled, but the mosques have thrived, many assuming a nefarious cloak. Like his idol Anwar al-Awlaki, Jashimuddin Rahmani, the spiritual leader of Islamists in the country, delivered many an influential sermon at his prominent …

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