Politics of Death: The Bangladeshi professor defending nature with his life


Veteran Bangladeshi academic-activist Anu Muhammad is no stranger to death threats, beatings, persecution and arrest so when the professor of economics received a chilling text message shortly after midnight, it barely registered. “Death keeps no calendar, and Ansatullah knows no time!” But a few hours later, on that same October morning last year, a second SMS pinged – one he could not ignore. “Say ‘yes’ to Rampal (a proposed coal-fured power plant) otherwise you will be hacked to death incredibly by us!” Reporting the threats to police, Muhammad learned that Ansatullah was probably a mistype and referred to Ansharulla or…

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