The Myanmar army must be prosecuted by the International Criminal CourtREAD MORE
Do we really need to take works of art off the wall?The recently concluded Dhaka Art Summit, the world’s largest exhibition of South Asian art, featured contemporary pieces by artists from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Myanmar, and other countries in the region.
The pieces were conceptual and relied on interpretation, but what the summit organisers had not counted on was the Chinese ambassador’s interpretation of diplomacy.READ MORE
Most Pakistanis are sold a false narrative of 1971Much has been made about comments by the Pakistani parliamentarians regarding the War Crimes Tribunal in Bangladesh. Their reluctance to acknowledge the crimes committed in 1971 and the Pakistani state’s refusal to offer an apology for its atrocities speak volumes about the culture of denial and misinformation that still prevails in that country.READ MORE
We need to stand together against the ideology of Salafist supremacyA thick pall hangs over Dhaka today. For the first time in its 400 year history, Shia-Sunni sectarian violence has darkened its doorway and opened a new front in Bangladesh’s rapidly escalating conflict with Salafist supremacism.
The first victim of this abominable backsliding is a 16-year-old boy, named Sajjad Hossain Sanju, who had come to watch the annual Tazia procession that goes out from the Hussaini Dalan in Old Dhaka, an establishment as old as Dhaka itself. The bomb blasts that took his life injured over 100 others as well, some very seriously.READ MORE