Politics invading culture

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Serajul Islam Chowdhury
Admittedly, culture is more enduring than politics; nevertheless politics has its power, and because of the power it wields politics can, and has, influence culture in Bangladesh as elsewhere in the wall. Moreover politics has the capacity to develop a culture of its own.

Observing 1952 in a New Ambience

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Serajul Islam Choudhury reflects on the essence of the Language Movement
Serajul Islam Choudhury, Professor Emeritus of Dhaka University, is among the most powerful and probably the most widely read voice of dissent in the country. Author of nearly eighty books, the extent of his scholarship on history and politics of this sub-continent is extensive. His views have swept over the fields of literature (both Bengali and English),

Prof Sirajul, 19 others get bail

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The High Court granted anticipatory bail for four months to Dhaka University teacher Prof Sirajul Islam Chowdhury and 21 others in four separate cases filed on charge of killing police, impeding police duties and creating unrest at Arial Beel in Munshiganj.

‘Rich people should be encouraged to donate in education’ ’

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sicEducationist Professor Serajul Islam Choudhury talks to Mushfique Wadud on the new education policy, the challenges in implementing it and the state of the education system in the country

The present AL-led government had formed a committee to formulate the national education policy who submitted the draft copy of the education policy 2009 on September 7. Since independence, seven such education commissions and committees had been formed, however, none of the policies ever saw the light of day. What do you think are the main challenges to implementing the new education policy?

India, Myanmar trying to grab Bangladesh maritime territories

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sicMembers of the maritime boundary protection committee at a press conference in the city yesterday protesting expansion of territorial waters by India and Myanmar. NN photo

India and Myanmar are trying to grab a big portion of Bangladesh’s maritime territories to clutch country’s natural resources, alleged leaders of the National Committee for Protecting Maritime Territory and Resources of Bangladesh (NCPMTRB).

A teacher and a wide-eyed child

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sic1Syed Badrul Ahsan
There are twilight moments when I go in search of my teacher. I do not spend very many hours with him, for there is yet in me that certain old-fashioned consciousness which informs me that my teachers are my gurus, the lighthouses who continue to point me in the direction where enlightenment and intellectual refinement reside. Which is why when I meet Professor

A setback – social, political and economic

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Professor Serajul Islam Chowdhury , an eminent educationist, tells New Age. Interviewed by Mir Ashfaquzzaman

Do you find the two-year emergency rule legitimate — politically and constitutionally?

The two-year emergency rule was unexpected. What we were looking forward to was a caretaker government that would continue for three months and arrange for the general elections. However, the strife that developed, and the situation of near-confrontation, between the Bangladesh Nationalist Party and the Awami League made the declaration of a state of emergency necessary. It was not legitimate,

Road to progress

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Category : Dr. Serajul I. C.

Serajul Islam Choudhury
LIKE many other problems, education has been and still is characteristically political. It is the power relationship operating within the state that decides the kind of education to be given to the citizens together with the ideology that education should be obliged to inculcate. And the key ideological question is of course the type of young person that education would be expected to produce – whether, to put it rather bluntly, the educated individual should be helped to become a capitalist, or a socialist. Needless to say, the two types are not merely different, they are contrary to each other.

Confronting extremism & militancy

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SICSerajul Islam Chowdhury
Patently, the Islamist militants in Bangladesh are a political, and not a religious, outfit bent upon making a profession of gathering money and power. And like many other entities in this country, they are a poor and miserable lot drawn from the particularly backward segments of the community, bereft of sophistication in respect of both ideology and organisation. These militants have been operating with covert political support from powers that be and thriving on the backwardness of the society.