· February, 2007

Stories about Bangladesh from February, 2007

Bangladesh: Pseudo Innovation in Dhaka

  28 February 2007

Unheard Voices points to a an article in Himal on military and governance. “As Dhaka’s military-backed interim government gets on with its anti-corruption agenda amid cautious cheers from the public, Bangladeshis at home and abroad are arguing over what kind of government system can both be functional and deliver for...

Bangladesh: Arrested, now what?

  26 February 2007

Unheard Voices points out that while big players were arrested in Bangladesh, the consequences are yet to be known. “As the initial euphoria over the arrested political leaders dies down, concerns are now seriously beginning to crepe in whether due process is being followed to prosecute these people. While some...

Bangladesh: Painted with my brother's blood

  21 February 2007

Or How I Learned To Stop Worrying on the song of freedom, love and loss. “There is a song that every Bangladeshi knows. It is a song that defines us as a people. It is a song about love and loss. The song in Bengali is called Amar Bhaier Rokte...

Bangladesh: On beards and Islam

  21 February 2007

a bengali in TO presents a woman's take on beards. “Call me a firebrand, but I think beards are just ridiculous when they are worn as a sign of being a Muslim. Hijaabs as a gauge for your “Muslimity”, I understand and approve. I understand the moral and practical reasoning...

Bangladesh: Celebrating the Mother Language day

  21 February 2007

Today is the International Mother Language Day, an annual event in UNESCO member states to promote linguistic and cultural diversity and multilingualism. This is mostly the international recognition of Language Movement Day called ‘Ekushey February’, which is commemorated in Bangladesh since 1952, when a number of Bangla-speaking people were massacred...

Bangladesh: On corruption and the economy

  20 February 2007

Journal of a Disturbed Mind plays the devil's advocate in the case of of corrupt politicians and businessmen being arrested. “No matter how unwilling I am to defend the apprehended businessmen charged for corruption, it is true that they were also contributing to the society before their arrest. Some of...

Bangladesh: International Mother Language Day

  20 February 2007

Rezwan on the International Mother Language Day. “21st of February is the International Mother Language Day, an annual event in UNESCO member states to promote linguistic and cultural diversity and multilingualism. This is mostly the international recognition of Language Movement Day called ‘Ekushey February’, which is commemorated in Bangladesh since...

Bangladesh: How men are oppressed

  19 February 2007

a bengali in TO tickles my funnies with this post on how Islam oppresses men. “And we men can't even spend 200 bucks on the Nike basketball shoes because all that is required from us is to be covered from navel to the knee (as if I am some Greek...

Bangladesh: In conversation with Raman Mundair

  16 February 2007

Black and Gray in conversation with Raman Mundair. “All these things are aspects of me and I have many aspects. I am also human, artist, British, Sikh, Indian etc. I find it difficult to reduce myself to one singular identity. My strength is in my multiple identities. Of course I...

Bangladesh: Politics and Blogs

  15 February 2007

Rezwan on the mood in the blogosphere with the political developments in Bangladesh. “People at Drishtipat group blog suspect that strong protests against the MOU in Awami League chief Sheikh Hasina's son Sajeeb Wajed Joy's blog may have been heard at last. “

Bangladesh: Valentine's in the country

  14 February 2007

Reflections on what Valentine's Day is in Bangladesh at Unheard Voices. “Bangladeshis by their own admission have a reputation of being extremely emotional, but quite prudent about showing affection in public — a stark opposite of their western counterparts.”

Bangladesh: Responding to the Doc

  13 February 2007

Dr Yunus's open letter gets some responses. “There should be a “bi-cameral house” in the legislative body, like that of India or UK but with slightly a different model. There should be a lower house and an upper house in the Jatiyo Sangsad.”

Bangladesh: An open letter to the country

  12 February 2007

Drishtipat has Dr Yunus's open letter to the country. “Dr. Yunus sends an open letter to the public asking for their opinion on his entering politics. You can send the letter directly to him and also can post a copy at the comment section below for us to see.”

Bangladesh: Can the power of one save the nation?

  12 February 2007

The hottest topic in Bangladesh now is that the Nobel Laureate Dr. Muhammad Yunus has expressed his intention to start a political party and run for the next election. In an open letter he has asked the people to provide their support and feedback to him and suggest how he...

Bangladesh: Elephant in the room

  10 February 2007

Unheard Voices on catching those who are involved in corruption, including the ones at the very top. “It is immensely heartening to see the Caretaker Government moving aggressively in arresting the numerous corrupt and criminal politicians who have freely raped, pillaged and terrorized the young nation of Bangladesh. But what...

Bangladesh: Can Dr Yunus do it?

  8 February 2007

He may have won the Nobel, but could he win the Bangladeshi elections? Journal of a Disturbed Mind on Dr Yunus contesting the elections. “He may find 300 honest and competent candidates, but will he find even 150 popular candidates from different seats to win the next election. Very difficult,...

Bangladesh: Fun and Islam

  7 February 2007

A bengali in TO on fun in Islam. “I asked one of my class mates, son of one muezzin, if he had watched the documentary. “We don't have TV.” He replied, “My dad says it's haram. He says the TV is evil.””

Bangladesh: Anita Rau Badami

  5 February 2007

black and gray with another interview. This time with Anita Rau Badami. How can one not read it when the first questions asks “Why is satire, feminine and at times strangely seductive, so important to you or your work?”

Bangladesh: When the powerful are arrested

  5 February 2007

Rezwan on what it means when the powerful and rich in a country finally get arrested, and why transparency must be maintained. “It is said that the ill-equipped and staffed judiciary always favor the wealthy and the influentials. So arresting big names like ex ministers, political leaders and VIPs are...

Bangladesh: Political Posters

  3 February 2007

imperfect world 2007 on political posters and violence in Bangladesh. “Bangladeshi political posters don’t belong in galleries or your walls….they belong in the streets…In Bangladesh it is to seek out vengeance, to fan the flames of hatred and carry out retribution on the streets. “