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Volume 2 Issue 5| June 2007



Original Forum Editorial

Month in Review: Bangladesh
Month in Review: International
Where do we go from here? - - Rehman Sobhan
The folly of energy exports -- M. Firoze
Primary colours -- F. Salahuddin
Looking forward to a pro-poor budget -- Atiur Rahman
The banana war -- Philip Gain
14th Saarc summit: The way forward-- Farooq Sobhan
Making sense of water -- Iftekhar Iqbal
Photo Feature
Why are we so loyal to AL and BNP?-- Zahin Hasan
Drik Round-Table on Press Freedom-- Humaira Fatima Jalil
The case for bio-tech -- Ahmed A. Azad
Interview: Father Gaston Roberge-- Ahsan Habib and Amirul Rajiv
The mother tongue -- S.I. Zaman
It's no joke
Discovering the forbidden in Islamic architecture -- Rashida Ahmad
Science Snippets
Feminism for men --Rubaiyat Hossain
Published (defiantly) in the Streets of Dhaka -- Fakrul Alam
Bangladeshis: Moving with the times -- Rezaul Karim


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Photo Feature

Death in Nepal

A photo feature by Eivind H. Natvig of WPN/Real Picture

On Wednesday, March 21, clashes in the south of Nepal left 28 dead. The next day the number rose to 29 casualties and 25 of those were brought to the capital Kathmandu by the Maoist organization. Friday the dead were identified, and while the violently beaten bodies rest on the floor of a Kathmandu morgue, fellow Maoist cadres are baffled by the collection of human parts in jars. Outside in the dirt, the father of Rekma Pariyar weeps over his 17-year old daughter lying on the floor inside.

In the centre of the city in an open-air theatre, a parade ground is prepared and the bodies are brought for speeches, flowers and flags by the chief Maoists. A demand is put up by them to honour the deceased as national martyrs before most of the bodies are taken to get a proper Hindi burning. A 21-year old girl is taken to a mosque for a lonely burial, no family present.

Some Maoist cadres, members of the mosque and a couple of curious bystanders attend. After slogans are shouted around the body, there is a short prayer for the dead while the cadres watch from a distance.


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