Machettes, fundamentalism and rationalism: what does history tell us? Video of Rafida Ahmed Bonya’s presentation at UC Riverside
By Mukto-Mona Editor
March 3rd, 2016
Within the last year five Bangladeshis who have promoted rationalism and free thought, including authors, bloggers, and their publishers, have been brutally murdered for professing their views. Rafida Ahmed, Avijit Roy’s wife, herself savagely attacked as her husband was murdered, reflects on issues associated with these murders within the wider context of history of free thinking and the recent rise of religious fundamentalism. She discusses her unique perspective in conversation with Prof. Nigel Hughes of the Department of Earth Sciences at the University of California, Riverside.
Click here to see the video presentation.
On the 26th of February, 2015, Avijit Roy, founder of the Muktomona Blog, was brutally murdered at the Dhaka Book Fair. Avijit Roy was visiting Dhaka in conjunction with the publication of two of his books. A year has gone by. In the meantime more freethinking bloggers and one publisher of Avijit’s books have been murdered. To date the Government of Bangladesh has not taken these murders seriously. It has neither moved forward to bring the killers to justice nor it has issued any statement of condolence or condemnation. Instead of ensuring a space for free speech, the Government routinely cracks down on freethinking writers and incarcerates people on the pretext of ‘hurting’ religious sensitivity.