Stories about Bangladesh from September, 2006
imperfect world 2006 points out to a review of theatre in Bangladesh. “He discusses, amongst other things, theatre as a tool of protest and theatre as an expression of resistance. He also touches on the great diversity of plays being performed – many of which are of overseas origin.”
Religion & festivity enlivens the Bangla world
For Bengalis around the world, this is a much awaited season. It is a time for prayer, feasting and fasting. While for the Muslims it is the holy month of Ramzan (or Ramadan as it is called in some parts of the world), the Hindus are celebrating the Durga Puja....
Bangladesh: Islam and the Media
Who represents Islam? Is the Media focusing on the few within the religion who protest as opposed to those who may have different opinions? Rezwan on the reporting of radical elements in Islam. “It is probably his right to speak as Pope had the right to speak his mind (whether...
Bangladesh blog buzz
The latest happenings in Bangladeshi blogs around the world: * Education: Tanvir of Journal of a Disturbed Mind blog criticizes the new grading system of school final examination -S.S.C. (Grade 10) in Bangladesh. Students in some regions are getting the top GPA 5 grade in greater numbers; however they are...
Bangladesh: Fishermen and their troubles
Drishtipat Group Blog on the issues that the fisherfolk face in Bangladesh. “Without navigation knowledge and equipment, very frequently they find themselves in foreign water and a large number of Bangladeshi fishermen are now in jail in countries like India, Myanmar, Thailand etc.”
imperfect world 2006 on the sorts of things that texting or SMS is being used for in Dhaka. “Well how about this use of texting technology: for calling the fire brigade in an emergency! Presumably they phone you back and get the details? Or perhaps they use gsm positioning and...
Bangladesh: What happened in Thailand
Drishtipat looks at the coup in Thailand and highlights an important question about what lessons could be drawn in terms of Bangladesh's future. “Thailand resembles Bangladesh in many ways. The last military coup in Thailand, in 1991, was extremely unpopular and was overthrown by violent opposition in the streets.”
South Asia: The Pope and Academia
Chapati Mystery on the controversy and the difference between the last pope and the current one. “The central irony of this controversy is that the thesis of Three Stages in the Program of De-Hellenization treats the futility of spreading faith through violence. Indeed, the quote that most infuriates some Muslims...
Pakistan: Reacting to the Pope's Statement
iFaqeer on the Pope's statement about Islam. “And in that sense, the complaints from the Muslim world have some basis; poking folks in the eye ain't the best way to make friends. Now if we had an official Caliph, he could challenge the man to a duel and we could...
Bangladesh: Vatican and Macaca
Or how I Learned to Stop Worrying with a brief context to the Pope's remarks on Islam and how the Vatican handled the consequences. “His statement fell short of the apology demanded by Muslim leaders and in classic macaca-esque style he apologized for how his speech was perceived rather than...
Bangladesh: What was the Pope thinking?
Sadiq on debunking the Pope's statement on Islam. “His allegation is incorrect. Surah 2 is a Medinan surah revealed when Muhammad was already established as the leader of the city of Yathrib (later known as Medina or “the city” of the Prophet). The pope imagines that a young Muhammad in...
Bangladesh: Extremism in Pakistan
How I learned to stop worrying… on what brought terrorism and extremism to Pakistan. “The nation of Pakistan has its roots in a form of Islamic fundamentalism known as Deobandi. The Deobandi movement began as a reformist movement in India against British oppression. “
Five years on from 9/11, the world remembers
The mainstream media in many countries have been preoccupied with events in the United States to commemorate the fifth anniversary of the attacks on the World Trade Centre and Pentagon on 9/11 2001. But the repercussions of these events have spread across the globe and people far beyond New York...
Bangladesh: On 9/11
Or How I Learnt To Stop Worrying on the events of 9/11 – including the worry for people, the anxiety and the frenzied calls. “I later found out that both of my college housemates were in the towers that day. My other friend was having breakfast in Morgan Stanley’s cafeteria...
Bangladesh: Remembering the victims
The Bengali Fob Says… on remembering the victims of 9/11, and the consequences of the tragedy. “Another thing that annoys me about 9/11 tributes is the fact that the Americans never show the ethnic Americans who died. “
South Asia Blog Buzz
The latest from the South Asian blogs: Bangladesh: - Rajputro writes a satirical piece on how the load shedding (power cuts to manage shortage in electricity supply) in Bangladesh can be counterproductive. - Shafiur of imperfect|world|2006 is amused with the political dramas set out in Bangladesh as a form of...
Bangladesh: Police Brutality
Drishtipat discusses the difference between police brutality and the maintenance of law and order, reflecting on some recent events. “The daily newspapers of today are flooded with news of how the police force had been abusive to the people attempting to siege the EC Secretariat”
Bangladesh: Google Archives
Drishtipat on the treasures inside Google News Archives, and on reading of Bangladesh's independence in the 70s.
Bangladesh: FOBANA and Friends
Drishtipat on attending a diaspora based event in the US. “Federation of Bangladesh Association of North America (FOBANA) just celebrated their 20th year over the long weekend (Sep 1, 2 & 3) in Cobb Galleria in Atlanta.”
Bangladesh: Second International Conference on Islamic Spirituality
Inspirations and Creative Thoughts blogs about his experiences at the Second International Conference on Islamic Spirituality, and lists some of the speakers that impressed him.
Bangladesh: In the Middle East
Given the large number of Bangladeshis in the Middle East, imperfect world 2006 scans the mainstream media to get a sense of what issues are connected with Bangladeshis there.