NOBEL PRIZE FOR IROM SHARMILA

Off late, I have witnessed a growing hysteria in India; especially among the North-Easterners voicing that Irom Sharmila should win the Nobel Peace Prize. Campaigns, emails and Facebook pages are created. Every day, I receive requests for signing the campaigns or liking the pages. I wonder what good it would do if she gets the…

The Debate and Dilemma of Transit

by M M Ali and Altaf Parvez, Transit Study Group, Dhaka The pros and cons of granting transit to India have been debated over the years, but several vital issues remain hazy. The Transit Study Group delves deeper to find the answers. This article first appeared in PROBENEWS and is posted here with the permission…

In a constant struggle against Fascism

It was the early hours of 14th December, 2010. Everyone was deep asleep in Hatirpool, one of Dhaka’s busiest localities. Moshrefa Mishu had just returned to Dhaka to her sister’s house from Narsingdi, on the 12th and had been really exhausted after attending various programs and rallies. She had declined an invitation to attend a…

An Ode to a long lost friend

This blog might seem as something different from what I usually write about. But exceptions are always allowed. I was just browsing through my old notes today, and suddenly a rugged paper fell off from my old note book. I picked up the paper and it had a poem which was written by a friend…