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Behind a ravaged Tara

Sudhirendar Sharma The gut-wrenching cars smashing scenes in Rohit Shetty’s films have their share of dirty secrets too. We all love watching movies – at home, in theatre or on phone – little realizing that we are complicit in the destruction of the film-making unleashes. The images we enjoy do not come from nothing, there are significant material consequences to ... Read More »


A new freely downloadable book I would like to announce the publication of a book, which discusses the most serious dangers which the world faces today. The book may be freely downloaded and circulated from the following link: Read More »

ভাষা শহীদদের যথাযথ মর্যাদার আসনে ভূষিত করুন – আইএবি

ইসলামী আন্দোলন বাংলাদেশ এর প্রেসিডিয়ামের অন্যতম সদস্য অধ্যক্ষ সৈয়দ মোসাদ্দেক বিল্লাহ আল-মাদানী বলেছেন, রক্তক্ষয়ী সংঘর্ষের বিনিময়ে অর্জিত সেই অমর একুশে ফেব্রুয়ারি আজ। আমাদের প্রাণপ্রিয় মাতৃভাষা বাংলাকে রাষ্ট্রীয় ভাষার মর্যাদায় প্রতিষ্ঠিত করার জন্য স্বৈরাচারী সরকারের পুলিশের গুলিতে শহীদ হন সালাম, রফিক, জব্বার, বরকত, অলিউল্লাহ ও শফিক প্রমুখ। আজও দেশ জাতি এবং েেদশের মানুষের ভাত ও ভোটের অধিকার প্রতিষ্ঠিত হয়নি। বিদেশী ভাষার ... Read More »

UN Bangla font being launched Friday

Dhaka, Feb 21 – United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Bangladesh is going to celebrate the International Mother Language Day by launching the UN Bangla font and Bangla version of the Human Development Report 2019 on Friday. Read More »

পাকিস্তানে কিভাবে পালিত হয় আন্তর্জাতিক মাতৃভাষা দিবস?

জাতিসংঘের ঘোষণা অনুযায়ী গত বেশ কয়েক বছর ধরে সারা পৃথিবীতেই ২১শে ফেব্রুয়ারি দিনটিকে পালন করা হচ্ছে আন্তর্জাতিক মাতৃভাষা দিবস হিসেবে। Read More »

Language Martyrs Day on Friday

The nation is set to observe ‘Amar Ekushey’, the Language Martyrs Day (Shaheed Day) and the International Mother Language Day on Friday, marking the supreme of sacrifice of the language heroes for upholding the right to speak mother tongue Bangla. Read More »

2,475 books released in Ekushey Book Fair so far

DHAKA  – In the ongoing Ekushey Book Fair, the country’s largest literature festival, poetry volumes continue to rule as 720 of the total 2,475 books released so far. Novel books came second with the publications of 399 books while short story books in third position so far with the publications of 338 books, the Bangla Academy sources said. Of those, ... Read More »

Three poems from Siti Ruqaiyah Hashim

PRAYERS FOR AISHA LULU Today Aisha Lulu, 5 years old An orphan from Gaza Died alone Ah! The small martyr Nobody from her family Allowed to follow her to hospital in Jerusalem Because that’s the rules Of checkpoints soldiers of Zionist Though Aisha Lulu was fighting for her life From a chronic brain tumour Only an unknown woman Allowed to ... Read More »

‘Adrisho Deyal’ book cover unveiled

Mymensingh, Jan 28 – The second novel ‘Adrisho Deyal’ written by Ahmed Shimu, joint secretary of Bangladesh Agricultural University (BAU) Women’s’ Association is coming to this year Amar Ekushey Book Fair. Last year, her two books were published named ‘Sporshito Anuvuti’ and ‘Shesh Pristha’ from Aditya Anik publication. The book cover was unveiled at a press conference held at Bangladesh ... Read More »

Similar, but different nonetheless

Sudhirendar Sharma In their quest to create an identity distinct from India, Islamic identity has only proved regressive for a vibrant plural society. For the people of any country engagement with their lived reality plays a significant role in renegotiating an identity that is distinct from the political identity thrust upon them by the nation-state. Such an identity describes the ... Read More »

10 chosen for Bangla Academy Literary Award

Ten personalities have been chosen for the Bangla Academy Sahitya Puroshkar (Bangla Academy Literary Award) 2019. Bangla Academy Director General Habibullah Siraji announced the names at a press conference at the academy’s Poet Shamsur Rahman Auditorium on Thursday. The award recipients are former Home Minister Rafiqul Islam (Literature on Liberation War), Makid Haider (Poetry), Wasi Ahmed (Literature), Swarochish Sarkar (Essay/Research), ... Read More »

Emerging out of self-infliction

Sudhirendar Sharma What women need to understand is that they too have the power to make a difference. Ancient myths and legends relegate women as proverbial sacrificial lambs in the gendered narrative of our history. Yashodhara is one such, who was made to suffer protracted isolation as her husband abandoned her in his spiritual journey to attain enlightenment as the ... Read More »

Eminent eco-poet from Madrid Zhivka Baltadzhieva speaks

BY Poet Siti Ruqaiyah Hashim SRH: Tell me more about your childhood background, schooling and university education. Pregunta: I grew up in great solitude. My grandparents, the men, were not very talkative. They had been very leftist, very revolutionary, my grandfather had even been shot and thrown into a ravine in the year 1924 (few months before his son was ... Read More »

Riverscapes of a Lonely Poet: Jibanananda Das

November 10, 2019 SANDRP Again I shall return to the Dhansiri’s banks, to this Bengal, Not as a man, perhaps, but as a shalik bird, or a wh ite hawk. As, perhaps, a crow of dawn in this land of autumn’s new rice harvest, I’ll float upon the breast of fog one day in the shade of a jackfruit tree. ... Read More »