Bhashani Spotting: Maulana Bhashani at the China National Day Parade, Oct 1, 1963.

I’ve been collecting some material around Maulana Bhashani’s trip to China from Oct-Nov 1963. Bhashani  had gone to attend the 14th anniversary celebrations in China, which took place on 1st October 1963, but he stayed on for another five weeks visiting various towns and cities, meeting peasants, workers, and last emperors and all.  I’ve found some incredibly […]

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‘The Historian’s Craft Revisited’

Who is a historian? What is the task of a historian? How does a historian engage with writing social, political, cultural and intellectual history? What are their methods and materials for interpreting and understanding historical events, figures and institutions? What are the limitations of a historian, and perhaps of history itself? This workshop engages with […]

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Lessons of Freedom

I shall begin with a story, to which I will return again. In 2013, on the occasion of the 37th death anniversary of Maulana Bhashani, I met the vivacious and spirited 84-year old Burhan Uddin in Tangail (passed away in 2014). Bhashani’s murid of 50 years and a peasant for far longer, his dress of […]

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