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  • Communalism in India: For Mewat’s Muslims, Cows Now a Source of Both Livelihood and Fear0

    Economic backwardness, unemployment, lack of health facilities and broken roads are issues that plague Kolgaon, Rakbar Khan’s village. But no one talks about this. It is common to see Muslim cowherds on the way from Ferozepur Jhirka to Kolgaon. Credit: Moniza Hafizee/The Wire Amit Singh  30 July 2018 Kolgaon (Haryana): Let’s begin this conversation with

  • India bans Islamic channels in Kashmir0

      Move a bid to prevent young Muslims becoming radicalized, govt says Indian soldiers look on from an armored vehicle during a wreath laying ceremony on July 13 at a paramilitary camp in Srinagar for two troopers killed recently by militants. Authorities have banned broadcasts of Islamic news and religious television programs to prevent young Muslims

  • Assam Will Have to Rediscover Human Relations: Tapodhir Bhattacharjee on NRC0

    Silchar-based Bengali literary theorist and former Assam University VC Tapodhir Bhattacharjee talks about a recent article on the NRC he wrote for a Bengali daily that kicked a huge controversy in Assam. Time8   By Arpita Das Sangeeta Barooah Pisharoty     29 July 2018 Silchar (Assam): In early July, a wide section of Assamese media and

  • Is Bangladesh’s media freedom deteriorating?0

    An attack on a prominent Bangladeshi editor, along with increased incidents of hacking and censorship, are all signs of an “imperiled” political environment in the run-up to Bangladesh’s general election this autumn. Mahmudur Rahman is the acting editor of Bangladesh’s pro-opposition newspaper Amar Dessh. On Sunday, as he was leaving a court hearing over a

  • Imran Khan’s battles have only just begun, after Pakistan’s ‘dirtiest election’0

    Katharine Adeney, University of Nottingham The votes cast in Pakistan’s election are still being counted (or rigged, as some allege). But it is already clear that Imran Khan, leader of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) will be the next prime minister. The previous governing party, Nawaz Sharif’s PML-N is trailing badly and the PPP, led by

  • Dhaka cafe attack haunts society, yields useful lessons0

      Two years after worst attack in Bangladesh’s history, suspects brought to justice and police better at curbing militant threats Bangladeshi soldiers march in front of the Holey Artisan Bakery cafe in the Gulshan diplomatic area of Dhaka in this July 2, 2016 file photo. Five militants armed with guns, bombs and knives massacred 20 cafe guests, mostly foreigners, in

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  • Bangladesh: The manuscript of a forbidden history

    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

  • Telling good lies: Digital rhetoric and rumor in Bangladesh

    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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