1d ago| In Focus

Global Sixties in Bangladesh: Praetorian Guards and Subaltern Resistance

Like bunches of blood-red Oleander, Like flaming clouds at sunset Asad’s shirt flutters In the gusty wind, in the limitless blue.

1w ago| In Focus

Revisiting the Bengal Famine of 1943

The 1930s in Bengal were devastating for the poor. Global depression since 1929 had disabled the economy, and across the province there was ample evidence of starvation.

3w ago| In Focus

Folk songs of East Bengal

East Bengal has a population of about 45 millions and an area of about 15,000 square miles. Less than three per cent of its people have any education in the real sense of the term. The only way in...

SM Sultan: An early portrait

These are the facts of Sultan’s life that have significance for the study of his paintings. He spent his boyhood in the villages of Bengal.

Syud Hossain and his times

Scion of an illustrious family, Syud Hossain was born in Armanitola, Dhaka in 1888. His great great grandfather was Mir Ashraf Ali, whose great grandson,

Legacy of the Kumar of Bhawal

Prior to the abolition of Zamindari in East Bengal (Bangladesh) in accordance with the ‘East Bengal State Acquisition and Tenancy Act of 1950’, the Bhawal zamindar estate was the second largest...

August 16, 2021
August 16, 2021

Two women, one family, and divided nations

I was born in 1899 in the Raychaudhuri family in the village of Gabtali, Sonargaon, East Bengal. My father worked in the Treasury in Mymensingh.

August 9, 2021
August 9, 2021

Memories of lives from villages under water

Speaking from his home in Agartala, the capital of the Northeast Indian state of Tripura, Mohendro Chakma recalls his role as the leader of the 19th group that was preparing to trek to the North...

August 2, 2021
August 2, 2021

'It was like the morning after a nuclear attack'

The following is the field report on trip to Jessore, Khulna, Chalna and Kushtia submitted by Hendrik Van der Heijden, Economist, Pakistan Division, the World Bank, dated June 23, 1971.

July 26, 2021
July 26, 2021

The Dhaka Muslin Industry

The subject of this paper is the old muslin industry of Dacca [Dhaka] and its neighborhood. I shall not deal in this article with the Muslins produced here with British yarn.

July 19, 2021
July 19, 2021

The China wave in literature

At the Hay Dhaka Literary Festival of 2012 the celebrated Indian writer Vikram Seth, after reading some of his fine translations of Chinese poetry, remarked that he found it odd that his fellow...

July 12, 2021
July 12, 2021

The Incorrigible Zulfikar Ali Bhutto

The misdemeanors of Zulfikar Ali Bhutto of Pakistan are legendary.Tomes have already been written about this ‘dark, diabolical prince’ of Larkana, Sind, in Pakistan.

July 5, 2021
July 5, 2021

Habshi rule in Bengal (1487-94)

Very few people know that Bengal was once ruled by Habshi African sultans. Four rulers from an African background occupied the Sultanate of Bengal during 1487-94. Those who know about that period...

June 28, 2021
June 28, 2021

An unparalleled veteran in the world of publishing

Behind his big glasses and mischievous smile hid over 50 years of experience in publishing. Very few people would be able to claim the same kind of knowledge and understanding of the ins and outs...

June 21, 2021
June 21, 2021

History and the Birangona

In December 1971, East Pakistan became the independent nation of Bangladesh after a nine-month war with West Pakistan and their local Bengali collaborators.

June 14, 2021
June 14, 2021

Remembering the Battle of Bhomra

Hell had broken loose. The sky above the Bhomra bund of Satkhira suddenly turned bright, thunderous colours going in all directions.