Issue 4

Editorial
 Gauri Lankesh, a secularist and anti-extremist writer in India, has been killed, and there are no words adequate enough to condemn her murder. There is one thing that can be said with certainty however. If the state cannot prevent such killings, if the state cannot protect its citizens and their freedom of expression, then the state is no longer protecting democracy. We are deeply concerned at the Myanmar Government’s inhuman torture of its Rohingya minority. They are being slaughtered, their homes are being burned to the ground, they are being driven out of their homeland and they are being forced to seek refuge in neighbouring countries. We are watching with grave distress as a humanitarian crisis unfolds in the Arakan. The fear we experience today is the fear of a new devastating war or the impending extinction of an entire race of people. We beg of the world’s conscience to stand united in an appeal to a quick and peaceful solution to the situation in Myanmar.

We hope for a peaceful world. And we hope that every human being in the world is able to fully enjoy human rights and the freedoms of expression and speech.

যুবায়ের মাহবুব । ইতিহাসের অপরাধবোধ: প্যাট্রিক মোদিয়ানোর ডোরা ব্রুডার

 আশির দশকের শেষদিকে পুরোনো সংবাদপত্র নাড়াচাড়া করছিলেন প্যাট্রিক মোদিয়ানো, হঠাৎ চোখে পড়ে যায় একটি হারানো বিজ্ঞপ্তি। ১৯৪১ সালের ডিসেম্বর মাসে প্রকাশিত সেই নোটিশে বলছে – ডোরা ব্রুডার নামের এক কিশোরীকে খুঁজে পাওয়া যাচ্ছে না। বয়স ১৫ বছর, উচ্চতা ১.৫৫ মিটার, ডোরার পরনে ছিল ছাইরঙা জ্যাকেট, মেরুন রঙের সোয়েটার, নীল স্কার্ট আর বাদামী জুতো। কেউ সন্ধান …

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শামীম রুনা । চোখবন্ধ অন্ধ সময়

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Kamaluddin Nilu । Contemporary Theatre Directors’ approaches in South Asia

History is not the past: it is a consciousness of the past used for present purposes -Greg Dening  In this presentation I will argue that theatre directors from South Asia belong to a tradition of political theatre. This also applies when Ibsen’s plays are staged. I will further illustrate why and how directors from South …

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Asheque Haque । The Rohingya crisis: A security point of view

 The world is witnessing a textbook example of ethnic cleansing – this verdict regarding the Rohingya persecution by Myanmar made by the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights has been echoed by many intergovernmental and international organizations, and reported and repeated by the world’s media. Half a million of the Rohingya population, the natural …

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Vivi-Ann Svensen Rotmo । Special waste in a special time

 The Paris agreement was ratified by 55 countries, on the 4th of November 2016. The agreement affirms that all 55 countries, including Norway, must reduce the emission of greenhouse gases. We have just a short summer till the Parliamentary elections on the 11th of September 2017. The plans for vast quantities of hazardous waste, 1 …

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Ibtisam Ahmed । The Difficult Path of Queerness in the Age of the Postcolonial

 The South Asian subcontinent is seeing a renewed interest in engaging with colonial history in 2017, as India and Pakistan celebrate 70 years since gaining independence from the British Empire. In a year where the complexities and violence of the past are being swept aside for the sake of niceties and good political visuals, it …

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Adeeb Chowdhury । The Cold War Hasn’t Ended Yet. Only the Battlefield Has Changed

 A dry smile tugs at the corners of his thin lips, pressed tightly and silently together, hinting at a mysterious sense of satisfaction but yielding no secrets. A slender finger is pressed at the base of his pale chin as his narrow eyes come to a rest on the camera positioned before him. Nothing but …

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