Ekushey Special 2018

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...