• Dismantling Global Hindutva (DGH) Conference: A Game-Changer0

      Dr Farah Naz 12 Sept, 2021    Strafasia Note: During the last three days, a conference on Dismantling Hindutva was organised globally. Some 48 Universities of North America and Europe sponsored this conference. Universities like Stanford, Chicago, Harvard, Princeton etc. were the sponsors. One of our colleges, Dr. Farah Naz attended the Conference online. She has

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  • Karan Thapar | Horrors of 1947 Partition: A selective remembrance?0

    Deccan Chronicle Aug 20, 2021   Narendra Modi’s crudely named Partition Horrors remembrance Day is a very different thing  Put simply, the Partition of 1947 was the tearing apart of our undivided subcontinent. (AP Photo) A “remembrance day” should be an occasion when people unite in recalling an event that should never be forgotten. That

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  • Perennial Onslaught on Freedom of Cyberspace in Kashmir and Two years of the Abrogation of Article 3700

    by Rohini Dahiya & Towseef Ahmad Dar Living under siege and through one of the longest internet shutdowns in any democracy, people from the erstwhile State of Jammu and Kashmir continue to deal with its aftermath. The 5th August 2021 marked the second anniversary of the abrogation of the State’s constitutional status as under Article

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  •   AFGHANISTAN’S COLLAPSE: THE INEVITABLE ARRIVES EARLY0

    by William Milam     22 August 2021 We awakened Sunday morning in California to headlines screaming of the Afghanistan “collapse;” President Ghani had fled earlier in the morning and the Taliban had entered Kabul and now controlled  entire country. Nothing except the speed of this latest event surprised us, but everything in Afghanistan in the past

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  • Bangladesh: Centre for disinformation0

    At the centre of the attacks on Netra News and other government critics is an organisation run by members of the Bangladeshi prime minister’s family. Centre for disinformation David Bergman August 21, 2021 Tonmoy Ahmed, head of the Awami League Web Team based at Centre for Research and Information (CRI) seen with Prime Minister Sheikh

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  • Bangladesh: August 15, Then and Now0

        by R Chowdhury          8 August 2021   The Awami administration under Sheikh Hasina Wazed observes August 15 as Mourning Day. On this day in 1975, Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, then President and Hasina’s father, died in a military coup that ousted the BAKSAL dictatorship. The day has been made a

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  • Remembering Ziaur Rahman, the Leader that “lifted the nation to its feet”0

    By Adil Khan   3 June 2021 Four decades ago, on 30th May 1981, Ziaur Rahman, the then president of Bangladesh who was popularly known as “General Zia” was murdered, aged 45, in a military coup in the port city of Chittagong. Ziaur Rahman, a valiant freedom fighter took over the leadership of Bangladesh in 1976

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  • Bangladesh: When journalism is criminalised0

    Rozina Islam has been arrested for a standard journalistic practice in Bangladesh — she should be applauded, not prosecuted. David Bergman May 20, 2021 Rozina Islam, a senior journalist from the leading newspaper Prothom Alo is taken to jail on 18th May 2011 following a court hearing after being detained by the police for alleged

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  • Bombay Hustle: Making Movies in a Colonial City0

    Bombay Hustle: Making Movies in a Colonial City (Film and Culture Series) Illustrated Edition by Debashree Mukherjee  ISBN-13: 978-0231196147 ISBN-10: 0231196148 Columbia University Press, New York, 2020, Softcover, 420 pp, $30   By Arnold Zeitlin   19 May 2021       It’s hard to know precisely where author Debashree Mukherjee is going to examine the 1930s Bollywood movie

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  • Searching for a Potemkin Village Opposition0

    by William Milam April 9, 2021   “Potemkin village” is actually a term that originated in politics, and thus, for this article, a very appropriate term to describe one interesting recent, possibly rhetorical, sidestep in the authoritarian march of Sheikh Hasina and the Awami League government she runs. According to Wikipedia, a Potemkin Village is “any

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  • Bangladesh: I am Zia Speaking0

                       I am Zia Speaking  “In that case, we revolt,” Major Ziaur Rahman (March 25, 1971)    Zia is enmeshed in every paddy sheaf of Bangladesh. From every nook and corner, a voice continues to ring: I am Zia speaking.[I]   By R Chowdhury     25 March

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  • The Myanmar coup-2021 and Aung San Suu Kyi0

      By Shwe Lu Maung, March 1, 2021 Saba Khan and Dr. Habib Siddiqui reviewed and polished English and grammar. Prologue This article is written to mark the 2nd March 1962, the day the Myanmar Armed Forces seized power and enslaved the peoples under military colonialism. On that very night, a meeting of the Rangoon

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  • Bangladesh: Torture, Custodial Deaths, and Unfair Trials after the 2009 Mutiny of the Bangladesh Rifles0

    www.hrw.org/ “The Fear Never Leaves Me” “The Fear Never Leaves Me” Map of Bangladesh Map of BDR Pilkhana Headquarters, Dhaka Summary Methodology I. The Bangladesh Rifles II. The February 25-26 Mutiny III. Abuses against Suspected Mutineers IV. Due Process and Fair Trials Concerns V. Recommendations Acknowledgements DOWNLOADS Download the full report Download the report in

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