SIMPLE SOCIAL STUDIES: HOW DO “TRADITIONS” GET LOST? (LEARN IN A POLITICAL-ECONOMIC WAY, AND NOT IN A SENTIMENTAL WAY)– Manosh Chowdhury Today we will think about tradition, friends. When it comes to tradition, many of you are awakened to a teary-eyed nationalism, so please let it go for a while. Otherwise, you may mess up … Continue reading How do “traditions” get lost?
Stylistically speaking, A Burning is compulsively readable. It is told in short chapters, written in economic prose, alternating perspectives and foci on characters. Majumdar seems to be a skilled writer who knows our short attention spans intimately and recognizes the need to move briskly to appeal to our constraints.
Harold Innis says a major foci of his work on communication is to “trace the implications of the media of communication for the character of knowledge and to suggest that a monopoly or oligopoly of knowledge is built up to the point that equilibrium is disturbed” (3-4). The essays making up The Bias of Communication … Continue reading Writing Nationalism
ভারত বাংলাদেশে কী চায়?
এরকম ধারণা সমাজে এখন বেশ জোরদার যে, ভারত বাংলাদেশের বর্তমান সরকারকে ক্ষমতায় টিকিয়ে রাখতে সকল সমর্থন প্রদান করেছে, তারা তাদের গোয়েন্দা সংস্থাসহ সবধরনের প্রতিষ্ঠানকে এই কাজে আগের চাইতে অনেক বিস্তৃতভাবে নিয়োজিত করেছে।
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Chasing the great American dream
On the crisp and chilly evening of October 21, a group made up of students, faculty, and the general community at Pennsylvania State University held a candle-light vigil commemorating the Rana Plaza tragedy. This vigil, organized by the Penn State chapter of United Students Against Sweatshops (USAS), drew an impressively large crowd considering the tragedy … Continue reading USAS’s “International Week of Action to End Deathtraps” campaign: Of US Universities and the Bangladesh Garments Workers
The case of the Sardar Sarovar dam is an extremely complex one: involving the cost of massive environmental damage, internal displacements (of mostly adivasis, or tribals, dalits, or untouchables, and poor village populations) and the pull of economic development, of “India Shining.” The Sardar Sarovar dam, the largest of 30 dams to be constructed on … Continue reading Arundhati Roy’s “The Greater Common Good” and the Narmada Protests