Bangladeshi migrants surviving in Rome

Bangladeshi migrants surviving in Rome

“Tourists in groups never buy anything.” Ignoring the large group of American tourists sauntering back towards his stall, Faisal pulls out a photo of a boy from his wallet. “This is Rifat, my son. I send him to an English school,” the 30-year-old migrant from Bangladesh and a school dropout... Continua »
Bangladesh to remove Jihad from madrasa textbooks

Bangladesh to remove Jihad from madrasa textbooks

The new textbooks of the Bangladesh Madrasa Education Board will not contain any chapters with lessons on Jihad, for the first time since ever. The “Bangladesh Madrasa Education Board” – also known as the “Alia Madrasa Education Board” – is one of three types of madrasa education system in Bangladesh,... Continua »
Who are the Rohingya Muslims?

Who are the Rohingya Muslims?

The Rohingya are often described as “the world’s most hated minority”. Mostly ethnic Bengalis of Muslim faith, the Rohingyas live in the western region of Myanmar bordering the mother land Bangladesh as well as the hilly area of the Chittagong Hill Tract, where normally they deal with drugs smuggling, theft, robbery,... Continua »
Pakistan’s 70th Independence Day at a glance (with a bit of India)

Pakistan’s 70th Independence Day at a glance (with a bit of India)

When British rulers divided the subcontinent into two nations, it prompted the greatest mass migration of people in history and unleashed a wave of violence that claimed more than a million lives. From the elderly survivors who endured the violent aftermath of the partition to the military commanders and angry... Continua »
A Bangladeshi view of ’47 partition

A Bangladeshi view of ’47 partition

In Bangladesh, 1947 is a distant memory, forgotten by most as if it were ancestral prehistory, erased by the bloody 1971 liberation war against Pakistan. It was June 16, 1971 when soldiers from the Pakistan army rounded up all the Hindu men in Jogisu village in the Rajshahi district, about... Continua »
Jinnah’s Pakistan

Jinnah’s Pakistan

In a couple of days, India and Pakistan will celebrate their independence from the British Raj three scores and ten years back. In some paradoxical way, Bangladesh may also join in that celebration as that was also the precursor to its own independence some 24 years later on 26 March... Continua »