Ahrar Ahmad

June 26, 2020
June 26, 2020

Racism in America: Police Chokehold is Not the Issue

The American project was founded on rank hypocrisies. On the one hand, President Thomas Jefferson, who wrote the stirring words in the Declaration of Independence that upheld “these truths to be...

June 1, 2020
June 1, 2020

On free speech and the imperatives of democracy

It is almost axiomatic that free speech is indispensable to democracy.

April 21, 2020
April 21, 2020

Bern baby Bern: The struggle goes on

On April 8, Bernie Sanders was compelled to fold his bid for the Presidency. Consistent with his decency as a human being, his graciousness as a

February 27, 2020
February 27, 2020

In Defence of Politics

The word “politics” is much maligned and stigmatised. It suffers from a huge image problem both in the world as well as in Bangladesh.

August 30, 2019
August 30, 2019

A simple, straightforward reading of South Asian history

Dr Nurul Islam has been a towering presence in the intellectual landscape of Bangladesh. He has graduate degrees from Harvard, and held prestigious fellowships at Oxford, Cambridge, LSE, Yale and...

June 8, 2019
June 8, 2019

On Intimations of Ghalib: Translations from the Urdu

Mirza Asadullah Beg Khan (1797 – 1869), popularly known by his takhallus (pen name) Ghalib (conqueror), makes it difficult for writers to sum him up easily or definitively. He himself would...

October 19, 2018
October 19, 2018

Contextualising Islam, the social and the political

The issue of Islam in Bangladesh is complex, sensitive and fraught. It has problematised the sense of national identity of Bangladeshis into a schizophrenic duality driven by the tension between...

September 8, 2018
September 8, 2018

In memory of Imtiaz Habib

It is with profound sorrow we write this piece about our dear friend Imtiaz Hasan Habib (1949-2018), who died peacefully while asleep in the early morning hours of August 27 at his home in Norfolk,...

July 2, 2018
July 2, 2018

Well done, Sir!

There are iconic pictures that sometimes capture an age, define a moment in history, exemplify beauty, tragedy, or joy, in ways otherwise impossible to evoke. Who can forget the naked, screaming...

May 10, 2018
May 10, 2018

Kamaludddin Ahmed Khan: Keen, unconventional, relevant

Being married to Begum Sufia Kamal was certainly an important part of Mr Kamaluddin Ahmed Khan's life. He derived much joy and meaning, and perhaps some recognition, from this. But he never...