Anupam Debashis Roy takes an analytic lens to youth movements in Bangladesh
There’s a saying that goes “Change doesn’t come from comfort”. This country was founded when the disenfranchised youth of East Pakistan mobilized their dissent to shake up the status quo, and started up a revolution that lasted two decades and culminated in a bloody war. In its short history, Bangladesh has been subject to several landmark youth movements. And who better to take a lens to these revolutions than the revolutionary Anupam Debashis Roy?
Writer, blogger, poet, activist, 23 year old Anupam has already amassed more caps to put on than many do in their own lifetimes. Having dabbled with politics in the US (working with the Republican party in the pre-Trump era), he turned his sights on his home country, debuting his widely popular web series “Choromchitro/the Radical Report”.
In the Spring of 2017, Anupam, a student of Howard University, was accepted for the Howard-Columbia Domestic Exchange Program and went to live in New York for four months, where he worked at the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research and conducted extensive independent research in social movements, international law, postcolonial studies and South Asian politics. It was this research that culminated in his new book Not All Springs End Winter, which made its debut at the Ekushey Boimela this year.
The book traces the history of youth movements, and their role in the formation of Bangladesh, and the evolution of its political landscape. More importantly, it takes an academic view of the motivations and mechanics of these movements, and makes incisive arguments about his ideas on why some of these movements have succeeded when others have failed. It is definitely a fresh take on a relevant issue.
As the extension of an academic paper, the book obviously makes for heavy reading, although Anupam has been careful to keep the language accessible. “As with any novel interpretation, there is no need to be in complete agreement with Anupam’s analysis of the trajectory of social movements, but there is a compelling reason to read his arguments,” states Professor Ali Riaz of Illinois University, in his foreword for the book.
Not all Springs End Winter, and its Bangla translation Kalker Andolon, Ajker Andolon have both been published by Adorsho Publications, and are available at their stall in the Ekushey Boi Mela (421-424), and the e-book version is available internationally on Amazon Kindle.