Bangladesh

Assault on reason

Print edition : March 30, 2018

Muhammad Zafar Iqbal, a science fiction writer and educationist, at Sylhet MAG Osmani Medical College after being stabbed on the university campus on March 3. Photo: AFP

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. She has condemned the attack. Photo: REUTERS

A protest against the attack on Zafar Iqbal, in Dhaka on March 3. Photo: MOHAMMAD PONIR HOSSAIN/REUTERS

The attack in Sylhet on Muhammad Zafar Iqbal, revered for his role in popularising science education, is of a piece with the violent targeting of progressive intellectuals in the country in recent years.
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