Afsan Chowdhury

Afsan Chowdhury is a Bangladeshi liberation war researcher, columnist and journalist.

Subsumed by history and nation

Where does Faiz the poet and pan-Southasian Marxist end and Faiz the Pakistani begin? This is a question to which Bangladeshis, among others, still seek an answer.

Jan 28, 2011

The coming crisis

From Bangladesh to India … and then the rest?

Oct 01, 2009

How little we will ever know

From faith to doubt and more: one historian's move away from history, and back into the real world. The context: the making of Bangladesh.

Jul 06, 2008

The man who lost his goat: Missing Gandhi in Bangladesh

For all intents and purposes, Gandhi has almost no place in modern-day Bangladesh's history.

Jan 28, 2006

The nearly secret Maobadi War

Red radicals of Bangladesh have been at it for five decades, but more than a law and order issue their presence points to a systemic failure of the state.

Jul 25, 2005

Scared and hungry in the air

Travellers thrombosis and bad films are some of the terrors that await the flyer who departs Dhaka for London.

Apr 01, 2003

Such long journeys of silence and forgiveness

Bangladesh is now being imagined outside, it has been externalized, and there is no longer the trickle-down of hope.

Jan 01, 2003

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Swear not by the moon

The contentious politics of lunar sighting in Pakistan.

The storyteller of Kovilpatti

On Ki Rajanarayanan, the father of Karisal literature.

Against forgetting. Against erasure.

On meaning, storytelling, and memory-making in Kashmir.