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Rohingya Muslim Persecution in Myanmar

By Syed Kamran Ali
India could take in some of the refugees into its own territory. While there are some Rohingya already living in cities like Hyderabad, more needs to be done considering the severity of the situation. If countries like Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Malaysia, Indonesia, and Thailand could accommodate thousands of fleeing Rohingyas, India ought to show more empathy.

Book Review: ‘Between the Map and the Memory’

By Bhaswati Ghosh
Given the ongoing nature of personal histories forged by the Partition of India, re-storying seems not only a worthwhile but even a necessary exercise, if one is to make sense of the histories that stitch the lacerated subconscious of the populace scattered over India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh.

Bangladesh: A Nation Divided

By Mosarrap H. Khan
About a month after I watched these two films in Kolkata, I landed in Dhaka toward the middle of December, 2011 with the twin purpose of attending a conference of Bengal studies and conducting research for my study on Muslim everyday life in the sub-continent. Once in Dhaka, I could feel an air of excitement and celebration on the occasion of Bangladesh’s fortieth anniversary of its independence.

Photo Essay: Geneva Camp, Dhaka

By Mosarrap H. Khan
There are around 5000 families living in the camp and there are only about 200 toilets. There are no schools and healthcare facilities in the camp. There is a high drop-out rate among school-going children. Most of the inhabitants of the camp work as mechanics, drivers, cooks, and domestic help.

‘Are you a Bangladeshi?’

By Mosarrap H. Khan
To my horror, I found that my passport application was withheld because the space for citizenship verification had been left blank in my police verification report. The report neither confirmed nor denied my status as an Indian citizen.

What We Gained at Shahbag Square

By Md. Nazmul Hasan
The movement has already proved to have a long term impact on the nation, irrespective of the results. If it ends successfully, though that remains a distant possibility, people would be inspired to raise further demands using this experience which may change the future of Bangladesh.

What led a nation to Shahbag and where it leads to?

By Zahid Husain
The ongoing war crimes trials and the fallout from the verdicts justify the necessity of a progressive movement like Shahbag. The movement epitomizes the frustrations of generations who disapprove of the path Bangladesh has been walking since its independence. A country that adopted secularism as its fundamental tenet has drifted too far from its original promise of a progressive society. Bangladesh and Shahbag in that respect share a converging future, as the outcomes of this movement will ultimately determine the long term status of Bangladesh.