In memoriam

We grieve together about the untimely passing of our kind friend, brilliant scholar and student  Raasheed Mahmood, M.A., MSS, BSS. Raasheed was born 16 August 1976 in Feni, Bangladesh and…

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Speaking wild plants in the languages of Global and Chinese capitalism

With the global race for natural resources in full swing, and no signs of China’s appetite for natural resources abating, placing an emphasis on lesser known potential resources in remote and less accessible locations is becoming a key priority for the global extractive industries. One of the last global resource frontiers in accessible proximity to China’s borders includes natural environments with little human development. These areas are located on China’s margins: Russian Siberia and the Far East, Mongolia, Kazakhstan, and Kyrgyzstan.

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Rasheed Mahmood

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Rasheed Mahmood is a professor at Dhaka University in anthropology. His research topic revolves around water and water treatment for communities in flooded areas in Bangladesh, especially in the southwest…

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Bangladesh and its Community based Natural Resource managment.

With an aim to investigate the meaning of ‘participation’ that the local people, the development practitioners and other relevant actors hold about development projects implemented with the spirits of ‘community based natural resource management’ (hereafter CBNRM) I chose community based water management as my research issue. In initially decided to do my fieldwork at Padmapukur union under Shyamnagar Upazila of Satkhira district of Khulna Division of Bangladesh. Shyamnagar is a coastal Southwestern most sub-district of Bangladesh where people remain desperate for ‘fresh drinking water’ all the year round. Instead of ‘safe drinking water’ I had to write ‘fresh drinking water’ as the ground water in this region has become vulnerable to salinity and people are mainly concerned with organizing water sources for ‘fresh drinking water’ first which doesn’t taste salty.

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The Patni Community, a village in search of an alternative
Patni Community basket weaving

The Patni Community, a village in search of an alternative

28.02.2020 Today we were in a village, or rather in a community, the Patni, who have undergone an amazing change. Today they are a group of basket weavers who offer…

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Santal Communities in Saidpur
Santal communities in Saidpur

Santal Communities in Saidpur

The Santal are a small minority who settle in different regions of Bangladesh. They are actually forest users, but were hired to clear forest land during the British colonisation of India and later used it as farmland. This is how they came to Bangladesh.

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The pal, a pottery village in Trishal
pal pottery without a Potter's wheel

The pal, a pottery village in Trishal

21.02.2020Trishal is a small town not far from the metropolis of Mymensingh. Mymensingh is an important transport hub on the Meghna River. Trishal has a university whose campus is growing…

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