Islam, Peace and Tolerance

Shakib Chowdhury, the lead vocal of a Bangladeshi progressive rock band argues that being a Muslim is about doing good, having faith in God, and believing in the message and the Messenger. ISIS and groups like it take the easy path – the path of self-righteous killing – but the harder path is to build something, show tolerance, and keep the faith.

Brexit is a Good Thing…No, I’m Not Xenophobic

Dr.Simon Leitch argues that nothing could better illustrate why a Brexit is necessary than the behaviour of the political establishment in the aftermath of the vote. Having lost the argument and the democratic process, the establishment resorts to legalism and bureaucratic dirty tricks to make sure that nothing so stupid and trivial as the electorate can interfere with their grand plans. It is the way our pseudo-democracies now operate. It is the EU way. It needs to stop.

Politics of Radicalisation: How the Maldives Fail to Stem Violent Extremism

Azim Zahir argues that when it comes to states like the Maldives that are gripped by political turmoil, there is a politics of radicalisation that further aggravates the issue. Unless this politics of radicalisation is managed, it will be difficult to address real issues of religious radicalisation and violent-Islamisation of non-religious radicals as the Maldives case shows.

Controversy over the number of martyrs is Pointless

Dr. Shafiul Alam Bhuiyan explains why it is a counterproductive approach for Bangladesh’s major opposition party– BNP to raise questions about the number of martyrs of Bangladesh’s liberation war taken place in 1971. He argues that it is unheard of mainstream politicians in anywhere in the world to challenge popularly accepted notions related to the Liberation War.

Waiting for Allah’s ‘Bichar’ (Justice): A despairing note on Bangladesh’s politicized, inept and corrupt criminal justice system

In recent times, the Muslim majority Bangladesh has witnessed a rising spate in cases of unsolved rape, murder, kidnapping, enforced disappearances of political opponents, extrajudicial killings, plunder of national assets etc. etc. Against this backdrop, Adil Khan argues that, most have resigned to fatalism and believe that they have no option but to wait for Allah’s ‘bichar’ (judgement) on the ‘Roj Hashorer Din’ or ‘Yawm al-Qiyāmah’, the Final Day of Judgement when Allah will punish the guilty and reward the righteous.