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Ragging: the crooked comedy in campus

Ragging: the crooked comedy in campus

Ragging is still there. Is it a result of the failure of the university administration, or a manifestation of a larger systematic problem in our higher education? Talking to many students, faculties and university authorities, Nahid Riyasad scrutinises different aspects of ragging.  The pervasive practice of ragging in the public universities of Bangladesh is neither new, nor unreported. Isolated incidents […]

March 18, 2018 · Comments are Disabled · Cover
Tonu’s stolen dreams

Tonu’s stolen dreams

YOUNG LIVES MATTER Sohagi Jahan Tonu, a thriving theatre activist,  dancer and engaged citizen, was murdered, so were her dreams. On  International Women’s Day 2018, Shaikha Shuhada Panzeree dedicates this piece to her memory and writes about her family’s ordeal after Tonu’s killing. Silence. Eternal silence. Shohagi Jahan Tonu does not rest in peace. She died, she was killed, but […]

March 11, 2018 · Comments are Disabled · Cover
Gaming: stories with challenges

Gaming: stories with challenges

In the last couple of decades, playgrounds have been vanishing from the cityscape. As a result, a large number of youths, instead of playing outside, found comfort and companionship in playing video games. This trend, in Bangladesh, has seen several folds of development. Zarin Rafiuddin observes Bangladeshi video gaming trend. Gaming trends are not entirely new in Bangladesh. Ever since […]

March 4, 2018 · Comments are Disabled · Cover
Ekushey book fair today

Ekushey book fair today

What does the young generation perceive of the Ekushey Book Fair? Asks Riasat Raihan. For the bookworms of Bangladesh, February is a much awaited month. The Bangla Academy is back with the most anticipated event of the year — ‘Ekushey Boi Mela’ or Amar Ekushey Grantha Mela. The Ekushey Book Fair is a signature festival of our country. The month […]

February 25, 2018 · Comments are Disabled · Cover
Language lost in transition

Language lost in transition

We, Bengalis, love our mother tongue Bangla. We bear the spirit of the 1952 language movement in our heart and observe Ekushey February with utmost respect. But do we respect the 40 other languages of our country? Do we feel that many of these languages are dying? Is the government doing anything to save them from extinction? Shaikha Shuhada Panzeree […]

February 18, 2018 · Comments are Disabled · Cover
Tertiary education today

Tertiary education today

REMEMBERING FEBRUARY 14, 1983 Throughout the history of Bangladesh, students of different university played a very important role in the nation building process. On February 14, protesting against a controversial education policy they took bullets on the streets. Since then, the day is observed as the day of resistance against autocratic forces. Nahid Riyasad looking at different national education policies […]

February 11, 2018 · Comments are Disabled · Cover
Separated in Transition

Separated in Transition

YOUNG LIVES MATTER In this oppressively consumerist society, it is a challenge for a young artist to nurture her creative, thoughtful, yet politically aware mind, soul. Afrida Tanzim Mahi, a young artist presented her body of work for us to reflect on this time and left this society of alienation.  Saiyaara Amin Charja dedicates this piece in her memory.    […]

February 4, 2018 · Comments are Disabled · Cover
In the cold land, let the soul be warm

In the cold land, let the soul be warm

Returning from the winter festival at Jahangirnagar University Shaikha Shuhada Panzeree writes about winter, nature and students’ artistic, creative labour today.   Winter has come, and is going away with all its glory and sombreness. The country has experienced a colder winter compared to last few years. Densely populated cities and towns shivered, more shivered the remote parts of the […]

January 28, 2018 · Comments are Disabled · Cover
Inequality reloaded

Inequality reloaded

Smoking is injurious to health. There is no room for much debate about this fact. However, in the name of discouraging smoking, mocking gender inequality is injurious to society at large, writes Maureen Nawer   What is wrong is wrong irrespective of gender and same thing goes with what is right. Sexism, stereotyping and discrimination are not what we welcome […]

January 21, 2018 · Comments are Disabled · Cover
Book reading: a declining habit?

Book reading: a declining habit?

Youth these days are seemingly avoiding reading books, contrary to their previous generation. The book reading habit has been brutally replaced by the advancements of modern technologies. Nahid Riyasad observes this metamorphosis. How many people of this young generation know Romena Afaz’s Dashyu Bonhur series? Undoubtedly, not many bacause this is old. How familiar is Kuasha then? Not much right? […]

January 14, 2018 · Comments are Disabled · Cover