Pinaki Roy | The Daily Star
  • Pinaki Roy

  • Dying in silence

    The 14 languages declared endangered over two years ago remain in various stages of decline as the number of users diminish, with experts calling for extensive measures from the government to preserve these.
  • Kharia speakers

    The last of the Kharia speakers

    Since her husband Abrahm Soreng died two years ago, 70-year-old Veronica Kerketa doesn’t get the chance to talk in her mother tongue at home. None of her children or grandchildren speak the Kharia language.
  • Brick Kilns in Khulna’s Dumuria: United they kill rivers

    The Bhadra, once a free-flowing river in Khulna’s Dumuria upazila, has been turned into a narrow canal over the years, thanks to encroachment by brick kilns run by local influential people, including elected representatives.
  • Sangu Reserve Forest: Left exposed to human greed

    A vast number of century-old trees have been felled by loggers at a remote reserve forest and wildlife sanctuary in Thanchi of Bandarban in the last two months, and as seen in satellite images, about a hundred acres of it have been totally razed over the last few years.
  • A train to massacre

    It was past midnight at Saidpur Rail Station. In the dim light, mostly Hindu Marwaris and some Bangalees from all walks of life could be seen standing beside the platform. Tense, even those who knew each other were not talking.