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  • Was Sultan a feminist?

    Reflections on rural life have always been intrinsic to the music, art and literature of Bangladesh. Peasant women have remained a subject of interest for many artists. The first generation of modern Bangladeshi artists—SM Sultan (1923-1994), Zainul Abedin (1914-1976) and Quamrul Hassan (1921-1988)—endeavoured to depict the lives of Bangladesh's working-class rural women in their own distinct ways. While Abedin and Hassan portray peasant

  • The Mind-Benders

    In the days and weeks following the 2016 presidential elections, reports surfaced about how a small British political consulting firm, Cambridge Analytica, might have played a pivotal role in Donald Trump's surprise victory. The company claimed to have formulated algorithms to influence American voters using individually targeted political advertisements. It reportedly generated personality profiles of millions of

  • Nuclear power: Surviving on secrecy and misinformation

    While countries like Germany, Belgium, France, and Japan are trying to find an escape route from nuclear power, Bangladesh is taking

  • HISTORY AND THE BIRANGONA

    In December 1971, East Pakistan became the independent nation of Bangladesh after a nine-month war with West Pakistan and their local Bengali collaborators.

  • THE BENGALI GAZE

    A TV commercial by a prominent telecom company was brought to my attention through a Facebook post by a journalist.

  • Dismay overshadows jute sector reforms

    It is a Friday and thus, the usual hat-bazar (market) is not in full swing. Yet a few farmers have gathered at the Tekerhut jute market on the bank of river Kumar in Madaripur.

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