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    Dating the first Bengali block print specimen

    Abu Jar M Akkas | Updated at 12:10am on February 21, 2018

    GEORGE A Grierson, in the first part of the fifth volume of his Linguistic Survey of India, in 1903, established that Orientalisch- und Occidentalischer Sprachmeister (Oriental and occidental language teacher), compiled by Johann Friedrich Fritz, published at Leipzig in 1748, contains the Bengali alphabet in print on...

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    Bangladesh, Bengal, or identity nationalism and fundamentalism

    Afsan Chowdhury | Updated at 12:05am on February 21, 2018

    BENGALI nationalism means several things and is interpreted accordingly. Several notions operate in this space and they do not mean the same thing. Cultural identities and political nationalism are also...

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    Language, identity, its loss and what it means

    Anika Mahin | Updated at 12:15am on February 21, 2018

    LANGUAGE is the carrier of civilisation, the mode of self-expression and self-determination and identity; both political and cultural. According to Ngugi WA Thiong’o, ‘Language carries culture, and culture carries, particularly through orature and literature, the entire body of values by which we come to perceive ourselves and...

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    Bengalis before the Bengalis

    Tahmidal Zami | Updated at 12:20am on February 21, 2018

    ‘A ROSE by any other name would smell as sweet’ — thus speaks the nominalist, positing that as long as the substratum of reality or the thing in question remains the same, it does not matter by whatever name it may be called. Dinesh Chandra Sen would begin his historical treatments of the odyssey of Bengali identity from...

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    Ongoing fights for linguistic equality in India

    Garga Chatterjee | Updated at 12:25am on February 21, 2018

    A SPECTRE is slowly but surely starting to haunt the imperial forces of Hindi-Hindu-Hindustan ideology — the spectre of non-Hindi resistance under the banner of mother language rights, linguistic equality, state rights and federalism. All the powers of the deep Indian Union state...

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    Celebration of our creative diversity

    Lopamudra Maitra Bajpai | Updated at 12:30am on February 21, 2018

    ACROSS several thousand years, language has helped to shape an important part of the socio-cultural individuality of individuals (Just a suggestion, I think, this sentence should...

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    Celebrating social movements

    Nurul Kabir | Updated at 05:24pm on December 17, 2017

    ANY ‘national’ war of liberation means a pervasive people’s war against un-freedom imposed by forces of imperialism, colonialism or neo-colonialism. For the people of Bangladesh,...

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    ‘Yes’ to life: people’s movement to save the Sunderbans

    Anu Muhammad | Updated at 05:20pm on December 17, 2017

    WE HAVE entered the seventh year of resistance against the government-sponsored disastrous project that is going to make irreparable damage to human security by destroying...

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    Enforced disappearances and answers to two questions

    Mohammad Tanzimuddin Khan | Updated at 05:16pm on December 17, 2017

    BANGLADESH has now come to make its mark globally with an ominously growing trend — enforced disappearances. Bangladesh experienced such an event for the first...

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    Subodh escaping resistance or resisting through escape?

    Oliur Sun | Updated at 05:08pm on December 17, 2017

          Art should comfort the disturbed and disturb the comfortable.— Banksy ‘SUBODH tui paliye ja’ – A threat? An irony? A command? Dwelling...

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