Opinion in English

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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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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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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Editorial opinion | Bangladesh at 50: Expectations and achievements

The immediate goal should be to give people back their right to free speech. The regime and its draconian anti-free speech laws have already turned Bangladesh into a gigantic prison. As inmates, why then should we remain fearful of the prison cell? If we all speak out loud, the echoes of our voice are bound …

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Pray Howl, Bangladesh

I have seen the best minds of my generation destroyed at conception, liberated fruits of loins poisoned by fervent nationalism impregnating eggs made fertile by distilled neoliberalism, stark naked foetuses growing daily weekly monthly, drip drip drip-fed dogma gestated over half a century, better to be but never aborted; dragged through brown streets by angry …

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International Women’s Day: When they can’t defeat, they manipulate

Women’s struggle has never been individual. Also, it has never been against men, despite how misogynist propaganda depicts it. It is against the patriarchal system that treats women as less than human. Patriarchy is a system where we, men-women, and all genders live and negotiate. It is not the duty of individual women to break …

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Contemporary political cartoons from Bangladesh

As Bangladesh toils under authoritarian rule, Cartoonist Mehedi has taken up the initiative to draw cartoons that highlight authoritarianism, corruption, and lack of justice in contemporary Bangladesh. Cartoons are a  powerful tool to fight oppression. We hope publishing Mehedi’s cartoons, some of which are previously unpublished, will contribute to the larger struggle of fighting authoritarianism and …

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