Brick Lane Circle                                     

Occassional Events


By Professor Mushtaq Khan

Thursday 20 November 2014, 6.30-8.30pm, Conference Room, Idea Store Whitechapel, 321 Whitechapel Rd, E1 1BU

He is Professor of economics at SOAS, who completed his PhD in Economics at Cambridge. Previously he taught at the universities of both Oxford and Cambridge. Information on his research interests are available on



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Thinking about Peace: Oral History and Testimony after the 1971 War of Bangladesh

We were all very pleased with the seminar on Thinking about Peace: Oral History and Testimony after the 1971 War of Bangladesh by Yasmin Saikia at Davenant Centre on Sunday 25 March 2012, 3-5pm.

The presentation was very interesting, which generated heated interactions during the Q&A session. Many new areas were explored and fresh ideas presented as possible solutions to unresolved issues caused by the 1971 war.  However, we could not take all the questions as we ran out of time. Hope we can continue the debate and discussion in the days, weeks, months and years to come.


On Sunday 29 May 2011 Brick Lane Circle held a seminar at Queen Mary College, University of London on:

How can we apply critical thinking to understand 1971?

By Sarmila Bose

It was chaired by Professor Mushtaq Khan

Brick Lane Circle invited Sarmila Bose to talk about her new controversial book called 'Dead Reckoning: Memories of the 1971 Bangladesh War', on Sunday 29 May 2011 at Queen Mary College, University Of London.

The Circle believes that it is very important to have open and honest discussion on important subjects relevant to the Bangladeshi community, which should be undertaken in a spirit of critical and counter critical enquiry and reconsideration, based on empirical research, scientific methodology and rules of logic.

We encourage all individuals who are being energised by the publication of the book, whether through a sense of fear or enragement or feeling relieved by its conclusions, to undertake fresh research and engage critically with Sarmila's findings.

Seminar Videos 


Muslin: The famous textile from Bengal

By Professor Dr. Sharif uddin Ahmed





The famous textile from Bengal


By Professor Dr. Sharif uddin Ahmed

He gained his MA at Dhaka University, undertook postgraduate studies (B.Litt) at Oxford University and completed his PhD at London University (School of Oriental and African Studies). Currently he is a Professor of History Department at Dhaka University and Director of Centre for Dhaka Studies. Previously he was the Director of National Archives for Bangladesh and president of the historical society of Bangladesh.  He has authored several books on city of Dhaka, including Dhaka: A study in urban history and development (English) and Mitford Hospital and Dhaka Medical College (Bengali).


MONDAY 13 SEPTEMBER 2010, 7.00-9.00PM


Lab 3, Idea Store Whitechapel

321 Whitechapel Road, London E1 1BU




For more details please call on the number below or send an email.




Muhammad Ahmedullah


Brick Lane Circle


Partition and South Asia's Diaspora?

2 July 2008, 7-9pm

Seminar by Dr Joya Chatterji

Venue: Lab 1&2, Idea Store Whitechapel, 321 Whitechapel Rd, London E1 1BU

Dr Joya Chatterji was educated at the Universities of Delhi and at Trinity College, Cambridge, where she is now a Fellow and Lecturer in History. Her first book published in 1994, Bengal divided, Hindu communalism and partition,1932-1947 was the first work which drew attention to the role of Hindu communalism in 1947. It was translated into Bangla by University of Dhaka press in 2003. Last year, her second monograph on the consequences of the partition, The spoils of partition, was published by Cambridge University Press. Dr Chatterji has written widely on communalism, borders, refugees, migration and identity-formation, and is presently leading a large AHRC project on the Bengali diaspora in the delta and the UK.

This is a FREE event on a first come first serve basis.

Refeshments will be served.  Please email

World Development Movement Seminar in conjunction with Brick Lane Circle

Climate Injustice, Bangladesh and Coal Power

Tuesday 29th July 2008, 7-9pm

Idea Store, Labs 4 & 5, 321 Whitechapel Rd , London E1 1BU

Climate change is the most urgent issue facing humanity.  It is likely to have devastating effects for many people on the planet, with an increase in drought, famine and disease. Bangladesh is already seeing the consequences of climate change, with increases in flooding affecting millions of people.

But what can we do here to fight climate change?  Is it enough to make changes in our own lives, and what changes should we be demanding from governments?  How do we achieve a low carbon economy which can combat the most catastrophic effects of climate change?
This seminar will bring together speakers on the effects of climate change on Bangladesh, an Islamic perspective on Climate issues, and the campaign against new coal power in the UK and for renewable energy.

 1. Mizan Raja, Executive member of Islamic Foundation for Ecology and Environmental Sciences (IFEES) will speak on IFEES response to Climate Change and possible solutions.
 2. Tim Jones – Campaigns Policy Officer – World Development Movement will speak on the impacts of climate change on Bangladesh
 3. Sara Ayech – Climate campaigner – World Development Movement will speak about the campaign against new coal fired power stations in the UK, and for renewable energy. 

World Development Movement campaigns to tackle the root causes of poverty.  Joining movements around the world, we win justice for the world's poorest people.

This Seminar is open to all,

Sarmila Bose's publications on the Bangladesh Liberation War 1971

Sarmila Bose has recently published her new book called Dead Reckoning: Memories of the 1971 Bangladesh War. Details of the book are available at

'Myth-busting the Bangladesh war of 1971'

By Sarmila Bose, Aljazeera, 9 May 2011

Two previous publications by Sarmila in 2005 on the Bangladesh Liberation War in 1971 can be found by clicking below. We have also provided links for three responses to these two articles.

Losing the Victims: Problems of Using Women as Weapons in Recounting the Bangladesh War

By Sarmila Bose

Anatomy of Violence: Analysis of Civil War in East Pakistan in 1971 

By Sarmila Bose

‘Dead Reckoning’: A Response

By Sarmila Bose



Another Reckoning

By Naeem Mohaimen

Flying Blind: Waiting for a Real Reckoning on 1971

By Naeem Mohaiemen

‘Research’ on Bangladesh War

By Akhtaruzzaman Mandal and Nayanika Mookherjee 

BANGLADESH WAR OF 1971: A Prescription for Reconciliation?

By Nayanika Mookherjee

The continuing rape of our history

By Mashuqur Rahman


Critics of Sarmila Bose often cite the article below which appeared in the Christian Science Monitor on 5 April 2005 as evidence of her pro Pakistan bias when discussing her writings on the Bangladesh Liberation War 1971. You may want to read it for yourself.

The right stuff: F-16s to Pakistan is wise decision

By William B. Milam
and Sarmila Bose



'It's not the arithmetic of genocide that's important. It's that we pay attention'

By Ian Jack, The Guardian, Saturday 21 May 2011 

'Mujib's confusion on Bangladeshi deaths'

By Serajur Rahman,
Retired deputy head, BBC Bengali Service, The Guardian, Tuesday 24 May 2011.

'Truth about deaths in Bangladesh War'

By Rashed Chowdhury, Bangladesh High Commision, London, The Guardian, Thursday, 2 June 2011 

"This account of the Bangladesh war should not be seen as unbiased"

By Nayanika Mookherjee, The Guardian, Wednesday 8 June 2011

"Controversial book accuses Bengalis of 1971 war crimes"

By Alastair Lawson, BBC, Thirsday 16 June 2011

"The Bangladesh War"

By Sarmila Bose, The Guardian, Thursday 30 June 2011

"Dead Reckoning by Sarmila Bose- review: A long-overdue study of Bangladesh's war of independence"

By Martin Woolacott, The Guardian, Friday 1 July 2011

"Subcontinental Drift: Does the controversial book about Bangladesh’s war of liberation uncover new truths, or simply reverse old biases?"

By Salil Tripathi, The Wall Street Journal, Friday 15 July 2011

"Sarmila Bose and bad arithmetic"

By Syed Badrul Ahsan, The Daily Star, Wednesday 13 July 2011

"Misusing the past"

By A.R, The Economist, Monday 1 August 2011

"Sarmila Bose: Responses"

in Unheard Voice: All things Bangladesh

"Thoughts on Dead Reckoning"

By Arnold Zeitlin, The Daily Star, Saturday 17 December 2011

"Dead Reckoning: Disappearing stories and evidence"

By , The Daily Star, Sunday 18 December 2011