Opinion

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.

How Facebook Users Derailed a Media Censorship Attempt in Bangladesh

On April 27, 2021, a 21-year-old college girl took her life in an upscale neighbourhood in Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh. The police indicated that she had lived alone in the rented apartment and was in a romantic relationship with a wealthy married business tycoon, Sayem Sobhan Anvir. Anvir’s family owns the Bashundhara Group, arguably …

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The Xinjiang Distraction, Genocide, and the Low Tide of Human Solidarity

Is genocide taking place in Xinjiang?  Are there really concentration camps, re-education centres, torture chambers and forced sterilisation?  Or can we take the Chinese government at its word and accept that China has done nothing but take the necessary security measures to combat terrorism? On the surface, the opening question appears to hold great moral …

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Understanding the ‘Enigma’ in Indian Politics: West Bengal Assembly Election 2021

In our last write-up just before the election result was declared, we argued that the West Bengal State Assembly Election of 2021 had the potential to present itself as yet another historic moment of departure in the state’s political culture. After a marathon eight rounds of polling, lasting one month, as the verdict came out …

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Norge – en klimastormakt med utfordringer

Internasjonalt samarbeid er avgjørende for å løse klima- og miljøutfordringene. Norge gjør mer på denne arenaen enn folk flest vet om. Samtidig lider landet under en manglende samstemthet i det vi gjør. Jeg har personlig hatt gleden av å følge Norges innsats internasjonalt, gjennom at jeg i flere år jobber aktivt med klimaspørsmål, både i …

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দেহের চেয়ে বড় কলিজার মিডিয়া মোগল বনাম সাংবাদিকতার সীমাবদ্ধতা ও অসহায়ত্ব 

শুধু ভিকটিমের কেন? অপরাধীর ছবি প্রকাশ করাও খুব একটা আইনসিদ্ধ বিষয় নয়। যতক্ষণ না সেই আসামী পুলিশের দৃষ্টিতে পলাতক কিংবা আইনের দৃষ্টিতে ফেরারী। এমনকি রায়-এ চূড়ান্ত দোষী সাব্যস্ত হলেও অনেক দেশে নিয়ম আছে অপরাধীর ছবি প্রকাশ না করার বিষয়ে। এটা একটা স্ট্যান্ডার্ড । তবে কংক্রিট কোনো স্ট্যান্ডার্ড না। একেক দেশে এই বিষয়ে একেক আইন। যে …

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West Bengal Election 2021: Why it is monumental

Whatever happens, one thing is for certain, the political culture of Bengal is on the verge of an unprecedented transformation.   In the political biography of the state of West Bengal in India, there have been moments that have had the potential to transcend the limits of immediacy and constituted upheavals of the local political …

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Editorial opinion | Cut the Gordian Knot by suspending Covid Vaccines-patents

Against the backdrop of a stalled global vaccination campaign, the pandemic continues to wreak havoc across the globe. As infection rates and death toll continue to mount, countries like India, which largely escaped the first wave of the pandemic, face a total collapse of their healthcare system.  Meanwhile, the virus continues to mutate, spawning more …

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বাঙালি জাতীয়তাবাদ : একটি পর্যবেক্ষণ

জাতীয়তাবাদ মানুষের আত্মপরিচয় জাতি-পরিচয়কে কেন্দ্র করে গড়ে উঠতে পারে; আবার শ্রেণি, বংশ, ধর্ম কিংবা ভাষা-পরিচয়কে কেন্দ্র করেও গড়ে উঠতে পারে। তবে আদর্শ হিসেবে জাতীয়তাবাদী চেতনা অতিমাত্রায় খেয়ালি এক আদর্শ। জাতীয়তাবাদী আদর্শের সফলতা এবং তা থেকে একটি রাষ্ট্রের জন্ম কীভাবে হতে পারে সে বিষয়ে তিনটি বিশ্লেষণ জারি আছে। যথা— ক . কোন জাতি স্বেচ্ছায় রাষ্ট্র গঠনের …

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Nordområdene åpner seg

I midten av april 2021 avholdt Grønland valg. Denne gangen var det usedvanlig stor interesse for valgresultatet. Hovedgrunnen var kamp om et gruveprosjekt. Bak prosjektet står australsk og kinesisk kapital. Grønland er i ferd med å bli en attraktiv partner. Dette handler om makt, arbeidsplasser, selvstendighet, penger og miljøvern. Og en gryende dragkamp mellom stormaktene. …

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Guns and the USA

Hardly a day goes by without hearing of yet another tragic incidence of mass shooting in the USA. As I write this, there have been seven mass shootings in the last seven days, resulting in the preventable deaths of dozens of people. For people who live outside of the USA, this would seem very mysterious …

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