Issue 5

Creativity is an extremely joyous force. This joy spreads such an emotional sense of love between people that humanity feels the need to create a better world that protects humanitarianism and moral obligations. This joy is my poetry, stories and prose, my art, my music, my politics, my observations, opinions and thoughts, my cinema, my magazines, my all. Yet this joy also offends. It causes people to die, to flee their homes, to drown in an ocean of uncertainty. Our blood boils for the deceased, and our voices and words rise in protest. We feel pain for the people living through this unpredictability, but their predicament motivates us and pushes us forward. We work for the resurrection of their stifled joy and happiness. We sometimes have no other option but to wait out these moments of sorrow, overwhelming anger, and frustration. But we also know that the alternative to death by art is life by art. The joy of creativity, the joy of art is the fundamental right of an artist. The responsibility of protecting these rights falls on the world and on the whole of humanity. Starting from 16th December 1990 to 16th December 2017 Shuddhashar entered it’s 27th year. Cordial greetings to all our writers, readers and well wishers.

শামীম রুনা । চোখবন্ধ অন্ধ সময়

নয়: জায়েদের সঙ্গে সে রাতের তর্ক বিতর্কের পর অঞ্জলির বুঝতে সমস্যা হয়না,অনেক কিছু বদলে গেছে; বদলেছে জায়েদ; জায়েদের ভাবনা-চিন্তা এবং সে নিজেও পরিবর্তীত হয়ে গেছে!নিজের পরিবর্তন ওকে তেমন বিস্মৃত করে না,বরং মনে হয়:এই পরিবর্তনটি আরও আগে হওয়া প্রয়োজন ছিল,যেমন জায়েদ বদলে গেছে অনেক আগেই,জায়েদ বদলে যাচ্ছিল দ্রুতই; ও নিজেই শুধু চোখ বন্ধ করেছিল। কিংবা এমনও …

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Nadine Shaanta Murshid । Of lists, naming, and shaming

Global estimates from the United Nations indicate that 1 in 3 women experience physical or sexual violence in their lifetimes. Violence is a violation of human rights in and of itself, but it is also connected to a host of other problems including losing control over one’s body, and long terms physical and mental health …

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Siddhartha Dhar । The Harbingers of a Bygone Utopia

Hizb ut-Tahrir stands out from the myriad of pan-Islamic political organisations for its fundamentally consistent methodology, its neutral stance on the issue of sectarian conflicts in Islam and its explicit refusal to the use of violence. As a global Islamic movement, Tahrir seeks an intellectual revival across the Islamic world in its aim of establishing …

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The American Nazi: Stars, Stripes, and Swastika

June 6th of 1944 was a Tuesday. But it was quite a special Tuesday indeed. On this Tuesday, history saw young Americans literally drop out of planes onto the beaches of France, sweeping into Nazi-occupied Normandy. The now-iconic “D-Day” scenes of soldiers storming the beaches began with young adults huddling, shivering, praying, and holding their …

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Adria Scharmen । The challenges of the exiled writer

“… when we consciously make space for the stories of displaced communities within our own, we make space for a shared cultural understanding that enriches us and connects us, disturbing the systems of division that alienate and dehumanize.” In the Mission Statement for Pen international Make Space campaign. The Make Space campaign stems from a …

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