Ahrar Ahmad

December 16, 2020
December 16, 2020

Secularism in Bangladesh: The troubled biography of a constitutional pillar

The ubiquity of the word “secularism” (it is mentioned in more than 75 of the world’s constitutions as an ideal the State promotes, or an organising principle that it affirms), and the passionate...

October 14, 2020
October 14, 2020

Contra capital punishment even in this ‘rapedemic’

The demand was predictable. Given the outrage that has been generated by the vicious acts of assault and dehumanisation that have been inflicted on women over some time, it even appears justifiable.

August 24, 2020
August 24, 2020

ANIS BHAI: TEACHER

Dr. Anisuzzaman’s life was a radiant gift to us, his departure an irreparable loss. The usual metaphors that have been applied (tower of strength, conscience of the nation, a reassuring lighthouse...

June 26, 2020
June 26, 2020

Racism in America: Police Chokehold is Not the Issue

The American project was founded on rank hypocrisies. On the one hand, President Thomas Jefferson, who wrote the stirring words in the Declaration of Independence that upheld “these truths to be...

June 1, 2020
June 1, 2020

On free speech and the imperatives of democracy

It is almost axiomatic that free speech is indispensable to democracy.

April 21, 2020
April 21, 2020

Bern baby Bern: The struggle goes on

On April 8, Bernie Sanders was compelled to fold his bid for the Presidency. Consistent with his decency as a human being, his graciousness as a

February 27, 2020
February 27, 2020

In Defence of Politics

The word “politics” is much maligned and stigmatised. It suffers from a huge image problem both in the world as well as in Bangladesh.

August 30, 2019
August 30, 2019

A simple, straightforward reading of South Asian history

Dr Nurul Islam has been a towering presence in the intellectual landscape of Bangladesh. He has graduate degrees from Harvard, and held prestigious fellowships at Oxford, Cambridge, LSE, Yale and...

June 8, 2019
June 8, 2019

On Intimations of Ghalib: Translations from the Urdu

Mirza Asadullah Beg Khan (1797 – 1869), popularly known by his takhallus (pen name) Ghalib (conqueror), makes it difficult for writers to sum him up easily or definitively. He himself would...

October 19, 2018
October 19, 2018

Contextualising Islam, the social and the political

The issue of Islam in Bangladesh is complex, sensitive and fraught. It has problematised the sense of national identity of Bangladeshis into a schizophrenic duality driven by the tension between...