The news of a new round of violent attacks in Bangladesh underscores a deteriorating security risk the world can no longer ignore. Last week in Dhaka, groups of men stabbed two prominent secular publishers, leaving one dead and the other in critical condition.
Faysal Arefin was stabbed to death in his second-floor office in a crowded Dhaka neighborhood on Oct. 31. His crime: Publishing books by Avijit Roy, a Bangladeshi-American blogger and strident opponent of religious extremism.
I am in tears. I am saddened and angry. I have lost a friend and Bangladesh has lost one of its most free-thinking, progressive and liberal sons through of no fault of his, but because of the ugly face of our peaceful religion, assuming the claim of Al-Qaeda in South Asia is true (AQSA).
We are in accord with the attitude of the Russian Ambassador on the killing of the two foreigners, articulated in the most poetic manner.
The free thinkers, mainly of my generation and immediate younger generation, are under the machete. This year we lost secular writer Avijit Roy, bloggers Washikur Rahman, Ananta Bijoy Das, Niladri Chowdhury Niloy and publisher Faisal Arefin Dipan.
Here we go again. Every time a heinous murder takes place in broad daylight, our people at the helm blast their favourite targets – the political opposition for either directly committing these offenses or having a hand in them.
One after another, our citizens are being killed, but we are yet to see a proactive approach from the government.
You know the speed of light, but has this question ever occurred to you: “Okay, what is the speed of dark?” This bizarre issue has been raised by Wright Stevens, a Hollywood movie director. But he may have made a scientific point that could bear a philosophical relevance to a real life situation.
There is certainly a deep conspiracy against this country going by the series of events that we have witnessed in the last one month. Of course the killings had to be well planned.
So, what are you telling your buyers?”- A colleague of mine called me at an ungodly hour past midnight and asked.
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