Society and Culture

According to our Prime Minister, women who are harassed sexually bring it on themselves.

One section of women wears too small clothes while another section covers their whole body, even their face and eyes… both are unacceptable. We’ve to maintain our culture and tradition.

That’s a direct quote.

She also said that the so-called ultra-modern women ... don’t bother to keep their modesty.

She said this while giving the Begum Rokeya Medal.

Did you hear any of our great secular intellectuals protesting this?  Of course you didn’t. You see, all the great intellectuals are busy worshiping the Prime Minister.

You don’t believe me?  Maybe you will believe Syed Abul Maqsud:

প্রধানমন্ত্রী বারবার সবাইকে বসে বসেই পরামর্শ দেওয়ার জন্য বলছিলেন। সরকারের বহু নির্দেশ যেমন পালন করার প্রয়োজন মনে করেন না অনেকেই, সেদিন অবশ্য সৌজন্যতাবশত সরকারপ্রধানের ওই নির্দেশ না মানাই সমীচীন মনে করেন কমিটির সদস্যরা। সৈয়দ শামসুল হকের প্রস্তাব ছিল একটু ব্যতিক্রমী। তিনি উঠে দাঁড়িয়ে প্রস্তাব করেন, প্রধানমন্ত্রী শেখ হাসিনার জন্মদিনটি ‘গণতন্ত্র চেতনা দিবস’ হিসেবে পালন করার ব্যবস্থা করা হোক। পিনপতন নীরবতার মধ্যে প্রধানমন্ত্রীই তৎক্ষণাৎ বললেন, ‘না-না-না, কোনো দরকার নাই।’ তারপর সৈয়দ হক প্রস্তাব করেন, ‘বঙ্গবন্ধু ও রবীন্দ্রনাথ’ শীর্ষক অনুষ্ঠানও যেন কর্মসূচিতে অন্তর্ভুক্ত করা হয়।

When Syed Shamsul Haque loses all dignity and self-respect, is it any surprise that the average Awami League MP will be this idiotic?

Sheikh Hasina’s government accorded the historic CHT peace treaty. Many other countries followed it to establish peace in their states. We are now waiting for the Nobel Peace Prize for Sheikh Hasina.

With friends like this, Hasina doesn’t need any enemy. 

Remand benodon (Entertainment).

In the middle ages and in current age in some countries still in the middle age, one of the most popular entertainments was watching torture and execution of the bed elements of the society, the criminals, and the downtrodden. Citizen from all walk of like will gather in the arena to watch and enjoy the unforgettable entertainment of torture and execution of a bed soul. Elites used to get the courtside seats, the general mass in the back seats. Kids used to accompany the parents.

We think we have come a long way from those dark ages. Did we really? The electrifying spread of Saddam execution video, its popularity– does it ring some bell? What about Bangladesh? If we change the context a bit, I do not see much change in the instinct.
In Bangladesh we have a thing called remand. A man/ woman under any sort of suspicion can be taken to undisclosed place by unidentified law enforcement agency people and can be kept for days to months. IN recent years remand lasted from a day to 4 to five months. During this time, the person being held cease to have any kind of basic right. He/ she can’t access any lawyer/ family. He can’t make any communication with anybody. Nobody would know where the person is being taken. People who have been through remand say that during this time they were subjected to all form of torture literally non stop.

Recently torture in the name of remand has become a household feared word. Remand has gained an added dimension by media’s usage of purported remand confessions to make entertaining news. Although torture in police custody is nothing new in Bangladesh, making that event a national entertainment is probably around three years old.
During the military regime of January 2007 to January 2009, almost all of the nation was drunk in a fiesta of entertainment coming out of so called torture confessions. There were two kinds of entertainment values. First the shear fun of knowing a leader of opposing political views is getting a great thrashing while in remand. And second was from all the earth shattering purported confessions being published in the print media. During last military regime, our print media (except the honorable exception of English Daily New Age), gleefully published all the dreadful crimes the political and business leaders committed. And later all the news headlines proved to be false. Not a single media apologized and retracted all the character assassinations they have committed.
During the days of the current elected government the fanfare of remand continued, but with an added spice. One person is picked to get some good thrashing; government’s judiciary provides a remand. Then thrashing starts. And newspapers, as expected, start publishing all the horror stories.

And if the person in remand happens to be a young woman, nothing can get better than that. Invariably erotically charged stories will come out how that women lived with many men, how she was violated, used-reused, how many people married her and divorced her etc. The stories however keep on changing. If one reads same newspaper on three consecutive days, there will be three conflicting version of the same story.

Remains buried under all these sadistic national entertainment— independent-passionate judiciary, responsible journalism and basic human rights.
Who cares.

Musee Guimet


What is the ‘Sonar Bangla’ Exhibition?

This exhibition is scheduled to showcase 189 pieces of Bangladeshi ancient art, over four months from October 2007 to March 2008 at the National Museum of Asiatic Art, the Musee Guimet, Paris.
It has been planned for several years, and has involved extensive negotiations between the Governments of France and Bangladesh.
It is being held at one of the most prestigious venues for Asian Art in the whole of Europe, a major national museum which holds an important permanent collection of South Asian Art. It recently held very well reviewed exhibitions of Afghan gold and Cambodian ancient art.
It is the first major international exhibition of Bangladeshi ancient art – the first opportunity the world will have to see our national heritage, and to see it in all its diversity and richness. It will show a face of Bangladesh which is little known in the west. It is likely to generate not only new interest in Bangladesh, but to catalyse further research and perhaps also future cultural exchanges and engagement.


eid.jpgLately Eid Greetings means a mass email with a couple of hundeds e mail addresses piled up together and buried under these hundreds of email addresses; a two word sentence— “Eid Mubarak. from XX, XY, xx and xy.” Or a link to something like If you are stupid enough to open that link in a public place or at work, a sudden loud music will catch everybodies raised eyebrow attention towrds you.