Non-Muslims not to use the word ‘Allah’

Written By: HarunurRashid
25/11/2013 21:07

Since the Malaysian court verdict imposing a ban on non-Muslims using the word ‘Allah’ has had a worldwide media exposure recently, I deem it my obligation as a Muslim to let rest of the Muslim world know that the verdict does not conform to any of the tenets as set down in the....    Full story...

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The subalterns’ new-found ethos gaining political clout

Written By: HarunurRashid
22/10/2013 22:00
Social Issues

The Mughals adopted a two-pronged policy of consolidation of their imperial rule. “At the elite level they endeavoured to absorb both Muslim and non-Muslim chieftains into the imperial service, thereby transforming potential state enemies into loyal servants. They also sought to expand the....    Full story...

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Tunisian women’s sex Jihad for Syrian rebels

Written By: HarunurRashid
12/10/2013 22:37

When I was a student at Cambridge in the mid-sixties, the summer would see a host of girls from Europe, particularly Norway and Sweden, visiting the University town with its glorious burst of flowers and punting along the Cam which is no bigger than a canal in Bangladesh. But the....    Full story...

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Narendra Modi’s anointment lifts Hindutva curtain

Written By: HarunurRashid
19/09/2013 19:15 19/09/2013 19:14

So the play of Narendra Modi aka Na Mo is on. And if he finally makes it to Delhi, which is very likely to happen, India’s secularist mask will receive a sudden jolt for the second time in the last 66 years of independence. The most jubilant section of Modi’s backers are the RSS and....    Full story...

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We are ‘friends’ and friends we shall remain!

Written By: HarunurRashid
12/09/2013 18:19
Foreign Relations

You see what is important is friendship and one ought to learn how to sacrifice everything for friendship. What if one Felani is hanging from the barbed wire, we can afford hundreds of Felanis to hang from the barbed wires to the full view of the world and still prove it’s a friendship....    Full story...

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International concern for Bangladesh

Written By: HarunurRashid
31/08/2013 13:50
Bangladesh in Intl. Media

There is a growing concern for Bangladesh as the timeline for the next general elections is fast nearing its deadline. Up until now there has been no change in the attitude or even body language of the two major political parties for a fruitful dialogue to happen. Ban Ki-moon’s telephone....    Full story...

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The aborted Land Boundary Agreement in Indian parliament

Written By: HarunurRashid
23/08/2013 23:04
Foreign Relations

Salman Khurshid’s efforts to introduce the Land Boundary Agreement(LBA) Bill in Indian Parliament met with stiff opposition from unexpected quarters. This time it is not BJP – the strident opposition came from Mamata Banerjee’s lawmakers and the Asom Gana Parishad’s....    Full story...

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Land Boundary Agreement in Indian parliament: Tokenism?

Written By: HarunurRashid
18/08/2013 20:34
Foreign Relations

In an exclusive interview with The Independent’s Delhi correspondent Kumkum Chadha, India’s union minister for External Affairs Salman Khurshid called the Land Boundary Agreement(LBA) between Bangladesh and India a post-wedding photograph. That implies that the wedding is in place,....    Full story...

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The monkey, Finance minister and equitable rights of children

Written By: HarunurRashid
05/08/2013 16:44

Stories come in handy in bringing home certain unpleasant truths about the society you live in. There are some advantages of telling stories. The narrator can make use of the fiction that reflects on the fact which otherwise is unpalatable. So the story serves as a convenient cover for the....    Full story...

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Manik Sarkar: The poorest Chief Minister of India

Written By: HarunurRashid
25/07/2013 17:30
Social Issues

Of late whenever I think of corruption as a social phenomenon, I am reminded of an Urdu couplet which reads like this: Gulistan ki barbadi mein ekhi ullu kafi hain/ Har shakh pe ullu baitha hain anjame gulistan keya hoga (For the destruction of a garden just one owl is good enough; now there are....    Full story...

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How little we know of the person next to us !

Written By: HarunurRashid
18/07/2013 13:47
Social Issues

Ever since my column, ‘Too much of a price to pay for poetry” was published last Thursday, I have had two very intimate responses from abroad. Ms Hannah Sholder, a masters student at Berkeley, University of California wrote: ‘I am writing to thank you for the very kind editorial....    Full story...

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Too much of a price to pay for poetry

Written By: HarunurRashid
11/07/2013 17:50 11/07/2013 17:48
Thoughts and Ideology

Ahmed Ilias, who is considered the doyen of Urdu poetry in Bangladesh, was given a rousing reception on his 80th birth anniversary celebrations at a city community centre. The event was synchronized with the publication of his research on Urdu in Bangladesh – a meticulous work that digs....    Full story...

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The changing mindscape in rural Bangladesh

Written By: HarunurRashid
04/07/2013 20:28 04/07/2013 20:23
Social Issues

During the last 42 years after the War of Liberation, there has been a sea change in the mindscape of the people living in the rural areas. The War of Liberation dealt a tremendous shock to the psyche of the villagers living peacefully in the lush green delta washed by the hundreds of rivers....    Full story...

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Jute, the golden fibre of Bengal Muslim Development

Written By: HarunurRashid
29/06/2013 21:50

I consider Jute as something of great value to the life of the majority of people living in the deltaic plains washed by the three mighty rivers – the Padma, the Jamuna and the Meghna. Biologically, it is a fibrous tropical plant that grows in wet soil and can survive in standing water. Its....    Full story...

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The Lesson Awami League and BNP to Learn from Local Election

Written By: HarunurRashid
20/06/2013 23:33 20/06/2013 15:33
Contemporary Debate

Sounds strange, but BNP is not celebrating its resounding success in the city corporation polls, nor does Awami League seem to look to have received a deadly punch in the election bout. What makes a difference from the past is the way the winners and losers are embracing each other and accepting....    Full story...

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  • Name: Professor M Harunur Rashid
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    Professor Harunur Rashid is a Cambridge Gradute, former professor of North South University, now Teaching English at International Islamic University Chittagong(IIUC), Dhaka Campus. Contributing as an Associate Editor of The Independent and former DG of Bangla Academy.


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