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in the land of demons: a window into Bangladesh

in the land of demons: a window into Bangladesh.


Assault on Freedom

 Assault on Freedom.

I am a feminist…

I am a feminist….

I am a feminist…


‘Feminism’ has been a long-debated subject and a concept which is almost regularly misinterpreted and misunderstood in the society.  In  this piece of writing I would share my personal thoughts and views on ‘Feminism’ , it’s past and it’s future and of course it’s necessity(I assure you it will have an analytical edge).

Gender inequality has it’s roots dug deep in our history books, social structure, customs, religions,literature and together they have forged our psychological outlook. There is absolutely no divinity in these inequalities. These had been forged by one gender to retain their superiority over the other. One thing that is hard to accept for many is that Religion  is a patriarchal view , it is philosophies of men, where divinity is reserved for a particular sex. (I am not labeling Religion as good or bad). But in many ways and through ages gender inequality has been coloured in holy coatings(from myths to beliefs of our time) and made more convincing to the mass. In a patriarchal society holiness was always reserved for men. people don’t get to know or accept this inequalities right after their birth, they are taught, they are made to believe, and then gradually they accept those and then coin them as – just natural. Everyone of us are born in definite communities where we are taught beliefs, ideals and you are taught what to call right and wrong. And all these teachings are carried out when we are little kids, when our definition of the world is shaping and reshaping. Now I understand something that I was never able to understand back then that is- those teachings had a patriarchal end of view, and I think this is also true for lots of people out there.

‘History’ -reading which we discover our past, is mostly a one-sided version of events of our past. Men wrote them and it claims the bravery and heroism of a particular sex. It claims and convinces the mass that the so-called appropriate places had been reserved for each sexs from a prehistoric time. There is always the ‘disappearing women’ neglected and avoided quite intentionally.  And the historical events having truth and lie mixed together  bear the scars of inequalities and are coloured with patriarchal themes.

Literature – which moulds our outlook in great many ways, has the doors of beauty and bravery open to one and locked to the other. Inequality is fostered here and most of the time unconsciously  by the maker , and it influences the outlook of the mass and sub-consciously creates an outlook riddled with inequalities. It is absolutely not a blame put on,  rather to me it is the weakness of literature.

Social establishments around us clearly vocals patriarchy. Most of the cases we have accepted them as just natural, but it is or was never- just natural. It is a structure made on the foundation of inequalities and it declares shamelessly the forceful superiority of one gender on another, this is of course Man-made. In liberal societies the picture is a bit different but in this side of the world superstitions and religious fanaticism have a hard grip on the minds of the mass. And as a result gender inequality remains a much-avoided issue. Here the tendency of labeling liberty,freedom and equality  with the colour of  something unholy is immensely popular and regularly practised. There are frequent stories where the the victim of rape is punished and the rapist goes unpaid (these are often done in villages on local judgement). Laws and Justice are also not free from the patriarchy end of view. The way to education is narrowed for women, although the state takes some initiatives to encourage them but the outlook of the society is something hard to change as long as there are people desperate to retain their superiority and cherish the inequalities.

The identity should come not in terms of sex rather as a human being, and why won’t I stand firmly for equal rights for a fellow human being??..The popular concepts that rules or once-ruled the world everyone of them failed gender equality. Communism incepted with the words of Marx where All Men Are Equal… but the words still remain a mystery whether it was forged into deeds or not. And if it made to deeds then whether it could end gender inequality or not… Capitalism built what we all like to call “market-friendly economy”….but did it managed to build a world which is “human friendly”??…rather the consumerism concept fostered a sexist view and enlarged the gap. The Theocracies breed on these inequalities and it declares patriarchy …how can we expect them to contribute for equality??…

EQUALITY is a must for a prosperous human race. Without it Liberty and Freedom remains merely a luxury item. The inequalities is or was never a grace for humanity , it’s a demon in disguise of an angel. Some people manage to identify the demon and struggles to annihilate it for the good health of the Homo sapiens , Others  remain hoodwinked. I don’t know how someone can live with the thoughts of discriminating and depriving a fellow human being. You just don’t need to be a women to be a feminist, all you need to be is a a person who wants to see the end of inequalities. I am a feminist and I am proud for not remaining hoodwinked .


The Hope

Image“No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.” 
― Nelson MandelaLong Walk to Freedom

There was a time when when your skin color would’ve determined your human identity, there was a time when a darker skin meant a darker life and no matter how much you want to give the world, after the end of the day ‘black’ meant – your rights, wants, needs would never exist. But that ‘never’  was conquered by the struggle of the same person who said–                        “It always seems impossible until its done.”
Nelson Mandela, the anti-apartheid revolutionary- who had dared to redefine FREEDOM, dared to end an episode of chains, a chapter of slavery. He was the boy nicknamed ‘trouble maker’, the same boy who grew up to be the only native African student studying law at University of Witwatersrand, no doubt he had to bear the scars of racism, something immensely prominent at that time.

 Image This is a sign board from Capetown at that time of apartheid. When I had the first encounter with this picture on internet, it left me perplexed thinking what kind of ruthless world it was to live in. Glad the world had a Nelson Mandela. He actually showed the world what it is to be a human. Chains and shackles are definately not what the world needs. During the time of apartheid in South Africa laws were made with a racist outlook and thus it gave a legal face to something inhumane and barbaric. How can he avoid being a ‘troublemaker’ ? The path that he had chosen was a path of suffering, imprisonment, torture but all these became inferior to him when the struggle is for FREEDOM, EQUALITY and HUMANITY. He chose the road that was never paved with fortunes and wealth, it was an uncertain one where the victors might have erased him forever. It was that walk where every step is a struggle, it was a Long Walk to Freedom.

ImageBut history can never label Nelson Mandela with that sticker of another rebellious leader who had the eye of violence wide open but the other one always shut. How could he have been the Nelson Mandela, if he didn’t have that warm heart? 

Like the Greats of history, Nelson Mandela could envision that without the end of the inequalities, Liberty  and Freedom  would remain merely a luxury item,  it would not serve its true purpose and certainly it would not serve humanity. During his early years of struggle the racist authorities enacted Suppression of Communist act, and thus repressed him and other fellow activists, labeling them of waging a communist revolution. (That’s actually what the authorities are best at when they become desperate to retain their legacy of evil !)

Today, it’s the 95 th birthday of Nelson Mandela. From every corner of the world people paid their tributes, tweets , fb posts. And of course flowers .Everybody in their own way of wishing a great man. There is actually something more in it. A Hope. 

A man who had put ‘the end’ to long chapter of slavery is the Hope to end modern-day slavery. Happy birthday and salute to Mandela. Get well soon-this is not just a wishing from a random blogger but this is the the desperate cry of millions. This world badly needs you, we need you. 

in the land of demons: a window into Bangladesh

Colour_1111http:// most of us have  erased that part of our memory where we watched, eyes glued to the tv,  someone in the wrong place in the wrong time had to pay by his life.

I was talking about the boy called Bishajit. That was another reminder from our dear politicians and their loyal disciples, how mush inhumane they can be. Welcome to our hate generating politics.

Bishajit was someone far from your world of demons. He had a shop to run , a mother to take care, and maybe even a girl he was preparing to spend the rest of his lifetime with. But you stopped the clock ticking. You showed us how much we have sacrificed our humanity. And the police – you really made a great audience.

But it doesn’t really matter , as long as he is not your son or your brother. You can have a good night sleep.

Bad luck, Bishajit, cause you were born in this country. Don’t you see, we don’t bother about some random citizen, all we care about is –my family , my home and me. Yes, we are selfish. We don’t value the life of others. But you made a day for the  media , the newspapers, the politicians. But you should know something- someone from any corner of the country had shed tears for you. And the truth is that- we are really coward. Feeling sorry and shedding tears is the  best we could do. Forgive us cause we couldn’t save you, we couldn’t let you live. Maybe we will never be forgiven. If we had enough guts we could have saved you, but you know how coward we are. You had lived in the land of demons.

Today we are used to this violent politics. This seems to be part of our tradition. We don’t bother to change it. We don’t respect human lives, we don’t care about human rights and humanity is something we have forsaken. No matter who the government is, our political scenario doesn’t change much. We had a Bishajit today tomorrow we will have another. We just love all these violence and haterd.  Its like a drug that we cant quit. And it seems useless talking about all these. After the end of the day we are what we were yesterday.

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