• Tabligh, Religion, and Corona1

    by Asif Ibrahim 4 April 2020 Tabligh men organised a congregation of 250,000 participants near Lahore in Pakistan on March 11, despite the request of the Pak authorities to postpone or cancel it. And they gifted the perils of Corona virus, and deaths to whole of the Muslim world from Gaza to Malaysia. They have

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  • United Nations interagency Covid-19 memo: Without interventions, “upto 2 million” people may die in Bangladesh0

    Leaked UN interagency memo led by WHO predicts “complete saturation” of the health system early in the Covid-19 epidemic and “rampant” exposure of healthcare workers in Bangladesh. Netra News March 28, 2020 According to a leaked interagency United Nations (UN) memo, the Covid-19 epidemic could result in “between half a million [to] 2 million” deaths

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  • Modi’s cancelled visit: Coronavirus saves the blushes for Delhi, Dhaka0

    The moment of relief for both sides, as it were, stems from the unstated, but nevertheless evident situation whereby Modi could have faced hostile protests in Dhaka that the Hasina regime was preparing meticulously to avoid, writes Mahendra Ved for South Asia Monitor By Mahendra Ved Mar 12, 2020 There are times when a calamity

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  • As the Afghan peace process gets underway, reality eclipses magic0

    by William Milam March 13, 2020 Two weeks ago, as we awaited the signing of the US-Taliban Agreement which intends to ignite a peace process in Afghanistan, I wrote of the magic realism in general of US foreign policy and specifically in the agreement about to be signed. The agreement was signed on February 29

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  • Bangladesh: Crackdown on Critics, Activists – HRW0

    Bangladesh  Dangerous Clampdown on Freedoms in Rohingya Refugee Camps Events of 2019 Languages Bengali English Bangladesh’s ruling Awami League government ignored calls during the year for an independent investigation into serious allegations of electoral fraud after the December 2018 national elections. Impunity for abuses by security forces, including enforced disappearances and extrajudicial killings, remained pervasive.

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  • An Open Letter to Harsh Vardhan Shringla (Indian’s Foreign External Affairs Secretary)0

    by Taj Hashmi 5 March 2020 Dear Mr. Shringla: I write this open letter to question you most respectfully why you told a seminar in Dhaka on 2nd March that the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) passed by Indian parliament last year was misunderstood by many, also in Bangladesh. Although I can’t disagree with you more

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  • Bangladesh: Ebarer Songram Swadhinotar Songram; (Struggle This Time is for Independence)1

    Was it Declaration of Independence or Bluff?  “এবারের সংগ্রাম আমাদের মুক্তির সংগ্রাম। এবারের সংগ্রাম স্বাধীনতার সংগ্রাম। “(Ebarer songram amader muktir songram. Ebarer songram swadhinotar songram. Struggle this time is for our freedom…. for our independence.”) Those were the words Sheikh Mujibur Rahman pitched before a huge crowd at the Dhaka’s Race Course on March 7, 1971. Not all in the crowd, many wielding sticks, were

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  • India and Bangladesh: Migration claims fact-checked0

    21 February 2020   BBC Reality Check As controversy continues over India’s moves to restrict rights to citizenship, a row has erupted between India and its eastern neighbour, Bangladesh. Indian Minister of State for Home Affairs G Kishan Reddy recently claimed that Bangladesh would be half empty if India allowed everyone who entered the country illegally

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  • Bangladesh: The manuscript of a forbidden history0

    Bangladesh government’s Year of Mujib begins this Friday (January 10th). The authorities will do all they can to stop the publication of history critical of the country’s independence leader. Pinaki Bhattacharya January 9, 2020 In 2013, I read the book India after Gandhi by Ramchandra Guha. By then I had written a book, Sonali Banglar Rupali Kotha, on the

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  • Telling good lies: Digital rhetoric and rumor in Bangladesh0

    by Sayeed Al-Zaman 15 February 2020 How to convince people? Thousands of ways might be there but with a single instrument, that is language. Pursuing others using speech was thought be an art in the Classical Greece: they named it “rhetoric”. Yet, some thinkers like Plato, who was discontented with rhetoric and designated it as

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  • Rupa Huq MP: Bangladesh is a “rogue state”0

    In an unusual intervention, the Bangladeshi origin British Labour MP strongly criticised the Awami League’s human rights record and the party’s hagiography towards its leaders. Netra News February 14, 2020 Rupa Huq, one of the four Labour MPs of Bangladeshi origin, has criticised Bangladesh’s human rights record under the Awami League, calling it a “rogue

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  • The Baghdad Air Strike: Pre-emptive self-defence or Assassination?0

    By Devansh Kaushik | January 9, 2020 Introduction In the early hours of January 3, missiles launched by a USAF MQ9 Reaper slammed into a convoy exiting the Baghdad International Airport, killing Iranian Major General Qassem Soleimani and Abu Mahdi al-Mohandes, deputy commander of an Iraqi militia. General Soleimani was the leader of the elite

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  • Indian Muslims: Are they ‘invaders’, ‘scumbags’ or equal citizens?1

    By Adil Khan Broadly speaking most Indian Hindus seem to entertain three perceptions vis-à-vis the Indian Muslims – that Muslims are: (i) ‘invaders’ and thus have no place in Hindu India; (ii) ‘scumbags’, liars, cheats and terrorists and thus be shunned; and finally, to some (iii) they are equal citizens and thus be treated accordingly.

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  • An obituary : Farewell Sir Fazle Hasan Abed: the friend of the poor, the legend1

    by Noore Alam 25 December 2019 Sir Fazle Hasan Abed, the founder and the Chair Emeritus of the world’s largest NGO, the Bangladesh Rural Advancement Committee (BRAC) passed away on 20 December 2019 at the age of 83 in his home country of Bangladesh. Sir Abed was born in 27 April, 1936 into the prestigious

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