I have 1 fans: Become a Fan. You'll get emails whenever I post articles on OpEdNews
Iftekhar Sayeed teaches English and economics. He was born and lives in Dhaka, Bangladesh. He has contributed to AXIS OF LOGIC, ENTER TEXT, POSTCOLONIAL TEXT, LEFT CURVE, MOBIUS, ERBACCE, THE JOURNAL, and other publications. He is also a freelance journalist. He and his wife love to tour Bangladesh.
(2 comments) SHARE Wednesday, July 24, 2019 The Linnet and the Leaf
Ingroup-outgroup hatred is easily generated. In fact, "-social psychologists have generated it again and again in laboratories. Demagogues know how to manipulate our deepest emotions and anxieties to create hostility. They take us back to our pre-civilisational past, when we lived in compact groups, fearful of others outside and clinging to those inside.
(1 comments) SHARE Friday, July 19, 2019 Unholy Sonnets
Donne wrote his Holy Sonnets at a time that was infused with God. Perhaps more, or less, wise than before, we live in what appears a God-forsaken world. Hence these Unholy Sonnets.
(1 comments) SHARE Thursday, July 4, 2019 Asian Values
Asia and Europe have had divergent historical trajectories, with the slavery-freedom distinction absent"- or prominent"-, respectively. Asian culture stresses collective harmony over individual difference, and is remarkably free of ideology (which, when imported, ha"-s"- had unfortunate consequences).
(2 comments) SHARE Saturday, June 15, 2019 Mendacity in Bangladesh
Thanks to colonial hangover, western foreign policy and our own avaricious ambition, mendacity has become entrenched in Bangladeshi political and social life. No lie is too prodigious to whitewash the pathologies of democracy on both sides of the Indo-Bangladesh border.
(4 comments) SHARE Monday, June 10, 2019 Huxley, and the Meaning of Words
The meaning of a word resides in the rules for its use in a way of life. Meaning amputated from a way of life becomes merely a word. This is the finding of Wittgenstein and the Sapir-Whorf thesis. It implies that one cannot translate between languages, nor transplant a word to another society that must necessarily be incapable of understanding the meaning. Words are portable; not ideas.
Democracy is such a word.
(1 comments) SHARE Thursday, May 30, 2019 Verses of Violence
Since the democratic transition of 1990, people in Bangladesh have been burnt alive, beaten to death, decapitated and disarticulated -- without a murmur from the populace.
These poems reflect the descent into less than animality in Bangladesh. They all recount true incidents.
(1 comments) SHARE Thursday, May 9, 2019 The Club
"Outgroup favoritism" is the term used by social psychologist Jim Sidanius to refer to the deference shown by members of subordinate groups to those of dominant groups. He gives the example of Uncle Tomming in the segregated South.
But outgroup favoritism was, and is, common in South Asia, where the British ruled for 200 years.
(1 comments) SHARE Friday, December 7, 2018 Of Pigs And Believers
Ideologies seem to polarize people into pigs and believers: those who are in it for the "-perks, and those who are really in it, the fanatic. This was true of Russian Communism - "-as historian Richard Vinen tells us - as it is for democracy in Bangladesh (and elsewhere). "-Here, the locals are in it for the cash and the (western) kudos."-
(1 comments) SHARE Tuesday, November 13, 2018 In Memoriam; Yasser Arafat
On the 14th anniversary of the passing away of Yasser Arafat, we look back on the days before and after his death.
(2 comments) SHARE Tuesday, September 18, 2018 Carthago Delenda Est
John McCain once proposed 'A League of Democracies'. The man has passed away, but ideas seldom die. It is a peculiar feature of Western nations to try and mould the world in their fashion. Even the great John Milton was guilty of the same.
(3 comments) SHARE Friday, May 11, 2018 My Language
The nation-state experiment has failed in South Asia. Time to look for alternatives.
(3 comments) SHARE Saturday, May 5, 2018 The Age of Fundamentalism
Bangladesh risks becoming a fundamentalist Muslim country if free and fair elections are held.
(2 comments) SHARE Tuesday, September 12, 2017 Burmese Days
The flight of Muslim refugees into Bangladesh from Burma has seriously dented Aung San Suu Kyi's image. She has refused to voice any sympathy for these people.
(1 comments) SHARE Tuesday, April 29, 2014 The Fallacy of Education
Take a youngster and fill his head with unreal ideas and you can call it education. This has been the fate of economics.
(2 comments) SHARE Friday, December 28, 2012 The External Proletariat
The Roman Empire had its internal as well as external proletariat -- the latter were the Germanic tribes, which finally overran the Western empire. Today, the third world plays the role of the external proletariat -- and the African-Americans and Native Americans that of the internal.
(1 comments) SHARE Saturday, December 15, 2012 9/11 Recalled In Bangladesh
In Bangladesh, we dream of the Green Card and the blue passport: we never stop to think what miserable lives our Palestinian brothers and sisters live, thanks to the country that holds out the aforementioned card and passport.
(1 comments) SHARE Thursday, April 12, 2012 Vercingetorix and Doofus Dignity
Vercingetorix was the leader of the Gauls who dared to rebel against the mighty Roman Republic. Irrational? Sure, but also dignified. The pursuit of dignity often entails the irrational. But we in Bangladesh are no "doofuses" like the great Vercingetorix -- we are rational, and without an atom of self-respect or dignity.
(2 comments) SHARE Monday, March 26, 2012 The Ethnocidal Civilisation
Ethnocide -- culture murder -- has been the repeated behaviour pattern of western civilization, as testified by Alexis de Tocqueville. The culture is not content with mere conquest: it must control the very thoughts of those conquered.