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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. ‎

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SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, July 25, 2007
Democracy R.I.P The prospect of democracy as universal religion must remain forever chimerical. In ‎Bangladesh, the two dynasties that practiced an ersatz democracy are being politically ‎ostracized by the military-backed government. The move has been enormously popular. ‎Years of organized mayhem have suddenly come to an end. ‎
SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, July 15, 2007
T.A.N.G.O Would the UN appoint Cheri Blair or Laura Bush as human rights advocates? Yet, that is ‎exactly what the UN has done by appointing Sigma Huda to that role. And in this she, ‎and many others, have been cosseted and protected by national and international NGOs. ‎
SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, July 11, 2007
The Seven Dimensions The priests and priestesses of the religion of democracy require the world to have faith, no matter how many murders, rapes and other crimes are committed in its name, and by its advocates.
SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, June 24, 2007
The Rape of the Delta The donor-backed military takeover has been immensely popular. But there are die-hard ýelements who wish to see the discredited politicians continue with their murderous ýcampaigns. The author feels that the politicians should not be tried for corruption, but for ýcrimes against humanity.
SHARE More Sharing        Friday, May 4, 2007
The Wicked Civilisation After the end of the cold war, the target of western demonization shifted from the defunct "ŽSoviet Union to the anticipated new adversary, the Muslim world. Supposedly universal "Žconcerns -- women and democracy-- were brought to bear with obsessive focus on Islam, "Žto the exclusion of other civilizations where these were, by the same yardsticks, "Žlegitimate concerns-- including the West. "Ž
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, April 5, 2007
Of skirts and scarves Parts of the Muslim world reacted to western domination by focussing on superficial ‎things like skirts and headscarves: other areas made more intelligent decisions.‎
SHARE More Sharing        Friday, March 23, 2007
The Perils of Cultural Absolutism Ayyan Hirsi Ali finds everything wrong with "Islamists"; she deplores cultural ‎relativism, which justifies points of view other than secular, western ones. The dangers of ‎cultural absolutism are not obvious to her; and for her "rights" are universal, despite the ‎fact that they are being debated all the time, even in the west. ‎
SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, March 20, 2007
A Reply To Bertrand Russell Bertrand Russell equated liberalism, commerce and empiricism, which was unfortunate.‎ Rationalism, he observed, led to totalitarianism, which suppressed commerce, and ‎thereby liberty. However, a brief outline of the history of slavery among the "liberal" and ‎‎"commercial" nations of the world disabuse the reader of imagining any connection ‎between the two.‎
SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, March 10, 2007
The Two Religions of Bangladesh According to Ninian Smart, nationalism is as much a religion as any of the regular variety. Nationalism has never been able to suplant Islam in Bangladesh, and the two religions coexist in hostility.
SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, March 7, 2007
Lara's Theme Sir David Lean's epic "Lara's Theme" raised deep questions about the individual and society. The triumph of the former in certain places have wreaked havoc.
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, February 19, 2007
Colonial Democracy Colonial democracy, is not new. The Persians and the Greeks were the first to practice it. Today, it is the turn of Bangladesh, Iraq and Palestine, on the one hand, and America and Europe on the other.
SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, February 11, 2007
Moll Flanders Among writing on the subject of unfreedom, Moll Flanders ranks supreme. The novel testifies to how ‎America became the land of the unfree. ‎
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, January 29, 2007
The Cringe Factor South Asia suffers from "cultural cringe" syndrome – envy of, and desire to imitate, the former mother ‎country. Two hundred years of British rule has had a debilitating effect on the local psyche. ‎
SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, January 20, 2007
A Frisson of Freedom Since western governments exported democracy to Bangladesh in 1990, society has turned violent, with the ‎major political parties employing thugs to win elections. This is a satirical take on the subject of "freedom", ‎though it is not easy to satirise rape and lynching. ‎
SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, January 16, 2007
The Price of Conscience With the major political parties employing thugs, our democratic transition of 1990 has become a ‎nightmare. The worst part is the fact that foreign donors and local intellectuals alike ask us to accept the ‎violence in the name of freedom. ‎
SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, January 14, 2007
The Incoherence of Progress ‎"Progress" has been touted as the excuse for all manner of evils. Yet while politicians and economists ‎believe in progress, and act accordingly, writers and directors busily depict cacotopias and dystopias, ‎capturing the incoherence at the heart of the idea. ‎
SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, January 11, 2007
Monoculture Anti-globalizers are worried that the world is headed towards a dull uniformity in culture. Yet there is another kind of ýmonoculture that threatens: western political ideas -- fatal to local culture and, all too often, people themselves. ý
SHARE More Sharing        Friday, January 5, 2007
The First European To escape Europe's cycle of wars, the European elite created the European Union. But how democratic is the EU?
SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, December 28, 2006
The Role of Anytus Anytus, prosecutor of Socrates, represents the idea that civil society is a force for good. Today, in fact, "civil" society threatens the world with World War III.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, December 20, 2006
REGIME CHANGE, LANGUAGE CHANGE Those who wish to democratise other cultures need to consider the solid obstacle provided by language. For the meaning of terms like "democracy", "vote", "election", etc. are governed, like any other words, by the rules of society. One cannot therefore export concepts that do not fit the norms and mores and history of a society - the language will not allow it.

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