Monthly Archive: March 2013

Mar 30

What really happened in Feni on the 29th of March? The myth of secret meetings

A recent item in the news was the arrest of several people from a mosque at Feni. Police and pro-government media hailed it as something of a revelation. News reports of such media applauded the police raid of a secret meeting of Jamaat-Shibir activists, and sung their (miserable) odes to the bravery and efficiency of …

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Mar 30

The Khulna saga: Tendon cutting by AL and my thoughts

The political scenario in Bangladesh is often mired by violence. Sometimes terrible violence. Violence that makes a sane human being question the existence of the rule of law. One such practice that has recently come to the forefront in Bangladesh is the barbaric practice of tendon cutting. Tendon cutting, in all its sadistic glory has …

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Mar 30

Five die by police fire on the 29th of March

The 29th of March was not a special day by any means in Bangladesh. There was no call by opposition BNP-Jamaat for any special program for any agitation. Nor was there any call for hartal or procession. It was Friday. Yet, 5 people died. All of them were killed after being fatally shot by police. …

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Mar 30

Shaheed Rumi Squad: When hunger-strikers turn out to be Biryani-khors

An organization called Shaheed Rumi squad has been staging a hunger strike in front of the gate of the National Museum at Shahbag to demand for the ban of Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami and Islami Chatra Shibir. Made up of a few left leaning youths, the organization has presently attracted some university teachers, thinkers and political activists. …

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Mar 29

Police shoot three dead at Chapai Nawabgonj; 50 injured

At least three people were killed and over 50 others injured as police opened fire on villagers in Shyampur area under Shibganj upazila early Friday. The incident occurred after villagers obstructed police when the law enforcers started raiding different houses of area to arrest accused people in connection with violence after the verdict of Allama …

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Mar 27

Judge fails to stand up for justice, dismisses defamation case against bloggers at Barishal

The judicial system in Bangladesh has delivered yet another judgement. A judgement of complicity, not a judgement of conscience. A judgement of not delivering justice. For the second time running, of court of the judicial system in Bangladesh has dismissed a defamation case filed against bloggers who are alleged to have written blogs and posts …

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Mar 27

Bangladesh government orders shoot on sight policy against protesters

Mohiuddin Khan Alamgir had spoken out. His true nature was laid bare for the world to see. Defying the basic constitutional rights accorded to all Bangladeshis to be able to demonstrate, gather and express their opinion, the government of Bangladesh has given legitimacy to an ongoing and prevalent illegal practice that has been only too …

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Mar 26

Shibir Independence Day rally fired upon by Police in Dhaka

At least 21 activists were bullet ridden in clashes following police obstruction of a peaceful rally of Chatra Shibir on Wednesday morning at Moghbazaar in Dhaka.   The bullet ridden activists were reported to be all Shibir activists. This was claimed by multiple sources from Shibir itself. According to various sources, Shibir activists and leaders …

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Mar 25

Bangladesh: Of political witch hunts chasing the ghosts of 71

The developing culture of a political witch hunt in Bangladesh has reached new heights. The victims of this witch hunt are people of flesh and blood who have made their own personal choices. The choice to not follow the path of secularism, materialism and blind political bickering. The choice to follow religion and inculcate its …

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Mar 24

Sheikh Hasina and her ‘foreign friends’:The drama

Ahead of the country’s Independence Day, Bangladesh has awarded another batch of around 69 individuals and organisations, including 13 from Pakistan on Sunday in recognition of their outstanding contributions to the Liberation War in 1971. They include Cuban revolutionary and former president Fidel Castro, former British prime minister the late Harold Wilson and former chief …

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