Mahbubul Alam: a giant among giants, a gentleman among gentlemen

There are some editors of Bangladeshi publications whom I admire and respect enormously -– both professionally and personally – not just for their God-given talents in creating and producing a commercially viable profitable publication, but one that benefits society, individually and collectively. Mahbubul was one of those – a giant among giants, a gentleman among gentlemen.

Mahbubul to me was the mentor of many professionals, the gentleman and doyen of the Bangladesh newspaper industry and a friend to all. He was a consummate gentleman, totally reliable and I’ve never known him to go back on his word.

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তাবাস্সুম হায়দার তৃণা । শাবিপ্রবির সমাজকর্ম বিভাগের ৪র্থ বর্ষের মেধাবী ছা্ত্রী । আমাদের সবার মতোই স্বাভাবিক ভাবেই চলছিলো তার ক্যাম্পাস জীবন । ৩য় বর্ষে তৃণার CGPA ছিলো ৩.৫০ এর উপরে । কিন্তু হঠাৎ করে চলতি বছরের ফেব্রুয়ারি মাসে চোখের সমস্যার…

Colonial Granny


Colonial Granny

Colonial Granny

O Granny, My excellent colonial nanny
Your art of looting is extremely Funny
You collected Koh-e-Noor and jewel
You stole money for your royal fuel.
So sweet, you gave me a big reception
I knew for sure it was your graceful deception.
You promoted Jamaat to keep us in darkness
You expected us to embrace Jihad of ugliness.
Your this innocent smile is a killer
I don’t think Fellowship Award can be a healer.

David Bergman: Now and then

Bergman never showed how ruthless violence by the two parties Jamaat and BNP before the election have reminded us the atrocities in the liberation war and the need for the war crimes trial.The few people and organizations that Bergman referred in his blogs that were dedicated to find faults in the trial process have rarely been found to be content with the verdict handed down by the International crimes tribunal despite experts from home and abroad found it as having maintained the international standard in the process.

These practices of Bergman naturally instigate the curiosity among the people who are behind his role? What helps him doing such activities that could even interrupt the trial against the crimes against humanity that the people of the country and many other places around the world have been struggling for? Does Bergman not stand for who did such heinous crimes.

February 5th, a reminiscence

Today is 5th February. The entire country roared because Kader Mollah wasn’t given a death penalty. Mass rising (Gonojagoron) started; “Projonmo chatter” was created. Hundreds of thousand people joined that Gonojagoron. Everyone had one demand, death penalty for all war criminals including Kader Mollah, as well as banning the politics of Jamat-Shibir and boycotting them politically and socially. Protest ran for days, for months demanding death penalty of Kader Mollah. Govt. amended the law. Then after completion of the legal procedure, Kader Mollah was executed on the last December 12. Gonojagoron was successful, govt. kept their promise by completing the first step of the war criminal trials.

Democracy International (DI) shows Awami League would have won the January 5 elections with at least a 5.8% margin

Post-election poll funded by USAID and DFID and carried out by US based Democracy International (DI) shows Awami League would have won the January 5 elections with at least a 5.8% margin even if BNP-Jamaat had participated. The poll surveyed 2544 citizens nationwide between January 11 to January 15 and was conducted independently of any political party. 42.7% said they would have voted for AL and another 0.1% for our Mohajote alliance while 35.1% said they would have voted for BNP, another 1.6% for Jamaat-e-Islami and 0.3% for their 4 party alliance.

Give me some sunshine; give me some rain

The situation in Bangladesh is grave. As it bleeds it gets leads in western media. Media houses like Al-Jazeera, New York Times and Guardian portray Bangladesh violence as a power struggle between the two major political parties. This stereotypical Hutu-Tutsi…

A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words

The now infamous photograph of Prince Charles being flanked by Chowdhury Mueen Uddin and Tanzeem Wasti, shows how the Jamaat movement become routed in British society. Mueen Uddin represents the Jamaat movement in Bangladesh and Wasti, the main Pakistani branch. A quick review of the Princes speech at the opening of the Markfield Institute shows that the British establishment has chosen to give the Jamaat movement a Royal seal of approval.