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‘By carefully observing a developing caterpillar, one cannot predict its transformation into a butterfly’ – Karl Popper

‘Lutfur Rahman’s corrupt Tower Hamlets power base finally wiped out by Labour’s election landslide‘ https://www.eastlondonadvertiser.co.uk/news/local-council/lutfur-rahman-s-corrupt-tower-hamlets-power-base-finally-wiped-3593132 – East London Advertiser (9 May 2018) The above assertion was made by Mike Brooke of the East London Advertiser in the aftermath of the 2018 Mayoral election in Tower Hamlets. There was an implied prediction that Luthfur Rahman’s era […]

The evils of nationalism

Nationalism can be based on racial, religious, ethnic or geographical grounds. I was a nationalist once. My nationalism was based on the propaganda of the Bengali nationalists during and after the Bangladesh Liberation War of 1971. But, as a believer in science, facts, truth and honesty, I later found most of the claims of Bengali […]

The economic disparities between East and West Pakistan and the importance of understanding their causations (1947-1971)

Economic disparities between East and West were undoubtedly factual. But according to my understanding, the growth rate between the two wings of Pakistan became nearly the same by the end of the 1960s. I want someone to explain the reasons for the economic disparities. For example, was West Pakistani ‘colonial exploitation’ of East Pakistan responsible […]

Stop Violence Against Women and Girls

I was inspired listening to powerful voices of women, and some men, at the ‘Stop Violence Against Women and Girls’ gathering, Altab Ali Park, 15 April 2022 Yasmin Begum was murdered at her home in Bethnal Green, East London, by her estranged husband on 24 March 2022 while her children were in school. Sabina Nessa […]

Are Sylhetis and Chittagongians Non-Bengalis?

Some people claim that Sylhetis and Chittagongians are not Bengalis but are different ethnic groups or nations. I don’t know if that’s true or how to determine the validity of such a claim. Being angry and assertive, and trying to force people to think this way or that way, are unlikely to be useful ways […]

BJP and the Hindu Nationalists – why it’s going to be very difficult to dislodge them from power

For a long time, Hindus in India and worldwide experienced and felt abused, marginalised and ridiculed. Over the years, there have been many diagnoses and prescriptions designed to deal with these problems. One diagnosis provided by the officers of the British Empire blamed the ‘Muslim Invasion/Rule of India’. One of the main consequences of this […]