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Ten Saraswati Puja traditions that Bengalis are proud of

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Saraswati Puja, harbingering the arrival of spring, is widely known as ‘Vasant Panchami’ in the other parts of India. In Bengal, it is an...

An ancient cult and the associated legends: Where the Goddess, earth and mother become...

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After the harsh inflammation of Grishma or summer, as slowly the earth turns moist, lenient and suitable to sustain the new seeds- the time...

Addressing the peculiar impacts of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu on Bengali literature

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Chaitanya Mahaprabhu has composed not a single verse in Bengali. So apparently his contribution to Bengali literature seems to be nil, right? Still his...

27th March 1971: When it Became Apparent that the Bengali Hindus were the Target...

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27th March 1971: When it became apparent that the Bengali Hindus were the targets of genocide Sumit Roy On the evening of 25th March 1971, the...

Problems With Fetishizing Bengali Women

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A friend recently sent me the link to a video of a Bengali woman’s obsession to cook the perfect fish dish and 15 seconds...

In search of the connection between songs and soul – a book review

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Book Review: In search of the connection between songs and soul, Gitanjali, the Song Offerings by Rabindranath Tagore The dawn of 20th century witnessed a...

Linguistic conflict on the Internet: Time to recognize Bengali and Bangladeshi as separate languages?

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Linguistic conflict on the Internet: Time to recognize Bengali and Bangladeshi as separate languages? Sumit Roy Microsoft’s CEO Satya Nadella’s son 26 year old Zain Nadella,...

India-Bangladesh relationship : Look beyond economics

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The relationship between Bangladesh and India mainly concentrates on economics and often on divisions- religious divides, land and border disputes, export-import imbalance, sovereignty, nationalism,...

Remembering Chuknagar, whose magnitude and intensity is matched only by the Holocaust massacres

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Remembering Chuknagar, whose magnitude and intensity is matched only by the Holocaust massacres On a sultry afternoon in May 1971, Wajed Ali stood exhausted on...

Islamic Bangladesh strangles spirit of Liberalism

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Muslim bloggers, Hindus bear the brunt Only a few days back, Janab Hasanul Haq Inu (Minister of Information, Government of Bangladesh), came forth with startling...

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‘Bengali Muslim’ As An Oxymoron: Crisis And Conflict Of Identities

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  Legendary Bengali novelist Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay sets the context in this regard when he remarks in one of his famous literary works,‘Srikanta’, “The Bengali...

From Ekushey to Muktijuddho: The Myth of Bengali Nationalism

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  In 1964, the entire East Pakistan was rocked by violence against the minority Bengali Hindu community. Anti Bengal Hindu riot broke out across the...

Is Bengal Heading Towards A Genocide?

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India, it is said, lives in her villages. But she can be understood through the slogans that rents her skies and the way her...