Dr. Nayanika Mookherjee summarises her new book exclusively for Alochonaa readers: “In this ethnography of sexual violence during the 1971 Bangladesh War for Independence, I show how the public celebration of women raped during the war and called ‘birangonas’ by the state – works to homogenize the experiences of these women. I demonstrate that while this celebration of birangonas as heroes keeps them in the public memory, they exist in the public consciousness as what I call a spectral wound. Dominant representations of birangonas as dehumanized victims with dishevelled hair, a vacant look, and rejected by their communities create this wound and flatten the diversity of their experiences.”
In this piece Mubashar Hasan shares the summary of his recently published scholarly article titled ‘Sport as a critique of politics: Everest climbing, nationalism and the failure of politics in Bangladesh.’ Mubashar argues that in Bangladesh, Everest climbing has political significance as these mountaineers use their public platform to criticise national politics. Even hoisting the flag at the top of the world (after risking own lives) can be used as a way to express dissatisfaction over the country’s politics.
“It is as though a human mind was extinguished for performing its noblest function”. A sobering collation of thoughts, feelings and wishes in the wake of a chilling and brutal murder of a philosopher, advocate, blogger, free-thinker and US national – Dr. Avijit Roy. Alochonaa.com condemns such attacks and advocates free speech, tolerance and inclusion in all its forms.
After a field trip to Bangladesh, Australian MP Laurie Ferguson shares his observations of the country’s recent development challenges, successes and future problems.
What is the state of female empowerment in Bangladesh today? Well-known Bangladeshi businesswoman and philanthropist Rubana Huq discusses.
In the final part of this series, Finlay Green explores the lives of Lakchunhar, who suffers at the hands of an abusive husband, and Rawshunara, who outlines the detrimental impact of the ‘Aratdar’.
In Part 2 of this three part series, Finlay discusses the lives of women in Bangladesh in the aftermath Cyclone Aila, 2009, as well as the benefits to women of owning their own land.