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    Doing justice to independence

    Nurul Kabir | Updated at 05:05pm on March 27, 2018

    THE emergence of Bangladesh, through a bloodied war of national liberation, remains the most important ‘Event’ in the history of people of Bangladesh for...

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    Economic independence and political sovereignty

    Anis Chowdhury | Updated at 05:01pm on March 27, 2018

    THIS was how the legendary revolutionary Che Guevara highlighted the critical importance of economic independence for political sovereignty 58 years ago on March 20, 1960 in his lecture, the first in a...

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    Remembering what 1971 was about

    Shahidul Alam | Updated at 04:58pm on March 27, 2018

    ‘WHERE are Barkat and Salaam’s graves, Bhaiya?’ Iqbal had asked me when we first met. I didn’t know. It was 1994. He was 10, I was 39. Back in 1971, as a fifteen year old, I had felt the...

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    The killing of Ajij Mashtar and East Pakistan

    Lutfus Sayeed | Updated at 04:53pm on March 27, 2018

    A TALL bald Pathan man used to roam the streets of our neighbourhood — the ‘moholla’. Our moholla included Kaptan Bazar, Thatari Bazar and BCC Road. In case you are wondering what the...

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    Forgotten pioneers of ‘free Bangladesh’

    Afsan Chowdhury | Updated at 04:51pm on March 27, 2018

    INTENT and activism to establish independent ‘Bangladesh’ existed even before August 1947, before the formal birth of Pakistan that is. The ‘Pakistan’ that came into...

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    The Bangladesh metaphor

    Tahmid Zami | Updated at 04:42pm on March 27, 2018

    WHAT is the meaning of the independence of Bangladesh? In South Asia after Bangladesh: Some Aspects of the National Question in India (2017), Salimullah Khan undertakes the task of...

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    The national anthem rendition controversy

    Ershad Kamol | Updated at 04:35pm on March 27, 2018

    The rendering of the national anthem of Bangladesh, Amar Sonar Bangla, in different styles at national and public events created a huge...

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    State of the rich and language of the poor

    Nurul Kabir | Updated at 12:00am on February 21, 2018

    THERE is hardly any Bangladeshi intellectual, even in these days of the production and reproduction of the crudely classed and partisan narratives of Bangladesh’s ‘national history’, who would contest the fact that the process of...

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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...