Biography of Iftekhar Sayeed
Iftekhar Sayeed was born in Dhaka, Bangladesh, where he currently resides. He teaches English as well as economics. He is a language consultant to several organizations.
His poetry, fiction and essays have appeared in DANFORTH REVIEW, POSTCOLONIAL TEXT and DALHOUSIE REVIEW from Canada; ROGUESCHOLARS.COM, WRITETHIS.COM, PERIGEE, OPEDNEWS.COM, DREAMAGIC.COM, POET'S HAVEN, AXIS OF LOGIC, THE SQUARE TABLE, LITVISION, SOUTHERN CROSS REVIEW, RITRO.COM, PEMMICAN, GOWANUS, UNLIKELY STORIES (February, April, July 2006, Feb 2007) , FREEZERBOX, MOBIUS, CATALYZER, ALTAR MAGAZINE, ONLINE JOURNAL (2005,2006,2007) , LEFT CURVE (2004,2005) and THE WHIRLIGIG in the United States; in Britain: ENTER TEXT, PENNINE INK, CURRENT ACCOUNTS, MOUSEION, ERBACCE, THE JOURNAL, POETRY MONTHLY, ENVOI, ORBIS, ACUMEN and PANURGE; and in ASIAWEEK in Hong Kong; CHANDRABHAGA and the JOURNAL OF INDIAN WRITING IN ENGLISH in India; and HIMAL in Nepal.
He is also a freelance journalist. He and his wife love to tour Bangladesh.
Iftekhar Sayeed Poems
How Many Savimbis?
Mr Savimbi fought to oust the new ruling party, the Popular Movement for the Liberation of Africa (MPLA) , largely because he was not in charge of it. His soldiers followed him, largely out of tribal loyalty. The United States and the apartheid regime in South Africa supplied him with cash, missiles and reinforcements, largely because the MPLA was Marxist, and received help from the Soviet Union and Cuba. - Obituary of Jonas Savimbi, “a despoiler of Angola”, The Economist, March 2nd 2002
Requiescat In Pace
SUNAMGANJ, Apr 16: A local leader of Bangladesh Chatra league (BCL) [opposition party student wing] was gunned down by a youth in Sadar upazila on Tuesday.... - The Bangladesh Observer, April 17,2003
Police could not yet arrest the alleged rapists as some local ruling party leaders gave them shelter. - The Bangladesh Observer,7th April,2003
JL [Jubo League - political party youth wing] leader's beheaded body recovered Police recovered one behead[ed] body of local Jubo League leader AN Barua,25, from the Sanghu River....
The Lynching At Rampura Lake
And again it had been people on the street who had been forced to take [the] law into their hands and lynch to death (sic) both Alauddin and his younger brother Rakib....Alauddin had been an Awami League activist during the Awami League rule, but jumped the ship to join BNP [Bangladesh Nationalist Party] when they came to power. - Dhaka Courier 23 August 2002
A Victim Of Democracy
Based on the death of Mahima, who was violated by ruling party student activists because her father and brother belonged to the opposition. She killed herself on February 19,2002.
For seven days they feasted on her flesh;
On the eighth, she fled to the military for
Protection; on the twelfth she filed a case
That came to nothing. People would say she
Was lucky not to have been murdered; some
Would say she was unlucky not to have
Been murdered: villagers would recollect
That stigma far into her lonely life.
Did no one hear her scream that awful night?