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Global Democratic Backsliding and the Rise of Authoritarianism

“American people are going to emerge from this moment stronger, more determined, and better equipped to unite the world in fighting to defend democracy.” The newly elected US President Joe Biden’s speech delivered at the U.S. Department of State Headquarters on the fourth of February, 2021, may have sounded too optimistic in a world where …

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Law Review; Digital Security Act 2018 and Questions of Citizens’ Basic Human Rights

Introduction While enacting the Digital Security Act (DSA) 2018, the Government of Bangladesh deliberated only to protect the critical information infrastructures of the State from various types of cyberattacks.  In the enacting process, State didn’t consider the confidentiality of electronic communication and personal data protection, freedom of expression online and other fundamental human rights of …

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Body politics in the Indian Subcontinent: “The worse a woman feels, the better should she look”

Manu says, “Do not marry a girl whose hair is pale, whose body is flawed, who is eternally ill, who has no body hair at all or has too much hair, who speaks too much, or whose eyes are brown. Discard her, who is named after the stars, the trees, the rivers, the barbarians, the …

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Thin People Die Too: The Weight of Being a Fat Studies Scholar

Hi. I’m fat. The has-to-shop-online-to-find-her-size kinda fat. The oh-no-will-this-flimsy-plastic-chair-break-at-any-moment kinda fat. I’m also a researcher, a DIY queen, a house plant enthusiast, and, and, and. You couldn’t possibly know those things just by looking at me, but you can see that I’m fat. Unfortunately, this has meant that fatphobia (or, the fear and disgust of …

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রাজনীতি ও ইংরেজি ভাষা, মূল: জর্জ অরওয়েল

অনুবাদকের ভুমিকা: ভাষাকে সভ্যতার ইতিহাস ও নিদর্শনের স্মারক হিসেবে বিবেচনা করা যেতে পারে। এটা অনস্বীকার্য যে সময়ের সাথে সাথে ভাষার গতিবিধি পরিবর্তিত হয়। সামাজিক, অর্থনৈতিক ও রাজনৈতিক কারণে ভাষার এসব পরিবর্তন অনিবার্য হয়ে উঠে। তাই রাজনৈতিক ও অর্থনৈতিক বাস্তবতা বুঝতে হলে ভাষা বিশ্লেষণ খুবই কার্যকরী একটি পদক্ষেপ। বাংলা ভাষা কোন পথে অগ্রসর হচ্ছে তা নিয়ে …

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Who cares for stateless Rohingyas?

The massive numbers of refugees who fled to Bangladesh in 2017 joined hundreds of thousands of Rohingyas who had fled Myanmar in the past. Kutupalong, the largest refugee settlement in the world, according to UNHCR, is home to more than 600,000 refugees alone.   The Rohingya crisis — the most terrible humanitarian disaster in South …

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