It is unrealistic to take religion completely out of the equation
Bengali Muslims have been trying to construct a synthesis of their identity for over a hundred years now. Bangladesh, which comprises the largest ethnic Muslim population in the world after the Arab, embarked on a journey as a secular nation in 1971.
During the partition of 1947 when we became Pakistan, we created our identity on the premise of excluding “Hindu India” as the other. We were Muslims then. Then came a time when being Muslim was not enough to hold the homogeneity of Pakistan.READ MORE
Rituparno Ghosh's sudden death has hit a massive emotional chord with the queer populationREAD MORE
Why have women’s bodies become a political battleground?
I had faced the threat once before. It was in 2001. Delwar Hussain Sayedee’s tape titled “Nari O Porda” (Women and the Veil) was selling everywhere.
Bangladesh was going through a process of Islamisation. The horror of imagining Bangladesh turning into a state where I would be forced to confine myself in veils was lurking around the corner.READ MORE
The national rhetoric must evolve and learn from history
Today we stand fractured as a nation. The umbrella of homogenous national identity is ruptured. We are divided in the way we recall our history, recollect our dreams, and reconstruct the birth moment of our country.READ MORE