Category Archives: Bangladesh

Faiz Ahmed Faiz and the Bangladesh Liberation War (1971)

After a brief visit of about ten days, I returned from Dhaka at the end of 2011, which happened to be the fortieth birth anniversary of Bangladesh. During my stay, I interacted with academics, scholars, and lay people about the … Continue reading

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An excerpt from Begum, Bengali Muslim women’s weekly magazine

[First published in Cafe Dissensus Everyday.] The Bengali weekly magazine, Begum, was first published in Calcutta on 20 July, 1947, when India was poised to attain freedom from the British colonial rule. While many Hindu women had played an active role … Continue reading

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Bangladesh: A Nation Divided

[First published in Cafe Dissensus Everyday.] “Please spare me. I am a Hindu. I am not affiliated to the BNP,” pleaded Biswajit. It was 10 December, 2012, and Bangladesh was celebrating the Human Rights Day. However, the news that gripped … Continue reading

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“Citizenship in the Transnational Space: Mira Nair’s Namesake (2006) and Sarah Gavron’s Brick Lane (2007)

This article, “Citizenship in the Transnational Space: Mira Nair’s Namesake (2006) and Sarah Gavron’s Brick Lane (2007)”, was published in Wesleyan Journal of Research, which is published by Bankura Christian College (Burdwan University), West Bengal, India: “My choice of these … Continue reading

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Sabitri Roy’s Badwip (The Delta, 1972): Communalization of Post-Partition Urban Space in Calcutta

A personal anecdote: Since the time I came to India from New York City for research-related work in September, 2011, I have been staying with my sister in Tollygunge. Her modest two-BHK apartment was not the most conducive space for … Continue reading

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Woman, Madness, and Partition Literature

Any study on partition literature cites Manto’s Toba Tek Singh as the archetypal figure of insanity. In the “Introduction” to their volume, Translating Partition, Ravikant and Tarun K. Saint write that ”Toba Tek Singh” is a triumph of ambivalence and a great … Continue reading

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