ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Pahela Baishakh

A New Discourse of Social and Political Practices

The celebration of Pahela Baishakh in Bangladesh and the debates surrounding it serve to reinforce a new discourse of Bengali culture and identity that works in favour of those in power.

After 9/11 and the US’s “global war on terror,” Islam and Muslim identity became crucial issues of dialogue and debate in the public sphere amid rising hatred, racism, and Islamophobia. In Bangladesh, laws, policies, socio-economic and political practices, and different aspects of national identity formation were directly and indirectly shaped by the aftermath of 9/11. Amid the predominant nationalist narrative and the debates surrounding national identity (whether Bengali or Bangladeshi), the uncritical adoption of the anti-terrorism policy and various other projects by the government and its allied entities have resulted in new dynamics of identity politics.


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Updated On : 26th Oct, 2023
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