- February 20, 2017
Dipan was not irreligious, but he believed in the free exchange of ideasI don’t remember a time when I didn’t know Faisal Arefin Dipan.
He was a few years younger than me. My enduring mental image of him is on that enormous tree-trunk that served as a park bench in the playground at Fuller Road, laughing and chatting with his friends.
I would go there to visit my friends’ apartments, see Dipan and his buddies when I was going in, and as I’d come out hours later, they would still be there. That indefatigable adda, still continuing.READ MORE
The unspoken subtext seems to be, we do not want a resolution. Not really. What we really want to see is the complete annihilation of any opposition voices, for them to be silenced foreverProthom Alo tells me the death toll has now passed a hundred.
Fifty-six of these people were victims of petrol bombs, which is to say they were burned alive. 40 men, nine women, seven children. Murdered in the course of going about their everyday lives. Travelling to or from work, or school, or the marketplace. Just ordinary people in their humdrum existence.READ MORE
Mueen Uddin has stated in an interview last year that he can’t be hanged. He has said this: ‘Those who tried me may get to hang, but they can’t hang me.’ Now that sounds like a none-too-subtle threat to me. And not the words of a holy man. Not a man of peace after allThis is the story of a holy man. He is a man of substance, someone who has made something of himself in this world. He left his homeland as a young man, leaving behind his career as a journalist in the erstwhile East Pakistan to gradually reinvent himself as a community activist and something of a spokesperson for those who subscribe to his particular brand of politicised religiosity in the far distant shores of the United Kingdom.READ MORE
Azam went to his grave thinking his choices were the right ones “Oh, but you who philosophise disgrace and criticise all fears / Bury the rag deep in your face / For now’s the time for your tears.” – Bob Dylan, The Lonesome Death of Hattie Carroll.READ MORE