Forum (Bangladesh)

Bangladeshi English-language monthly current affairs magazine

Forum was an English-language monthly news and current affairs magazine in Bangladesh. It started in 1969 when Bangladesh was East Pakistan. Hameeda Hossain and Rehman Sobhan started the magazine. Hossain is a human rights activist. Sobhan is an economist. The magazine was against the West Pakistani establishment. It was for democracy and economic reforms in the Pakistani union. The Pakistan Army shut down the magazine on 26 March 1971, during the early hours of Operation Searchlight.

Forum EditorKajalie Shehreen Islam
Year founded1969
Final issueApril 2013
CompanyThe Daily Star (owned by Mediastar)

In 2006, The Daily Star, began re-publishing the magazine every month. Shah Hussain Imam was the executive editor of the magazine. The editorial board was the original Forum founders Hameeda Hossain and Rehman Sobhan and Mahfuz Anam, editor and publisher of The Daily Star, Matiur Rahman, editor and publisher of Prothom Alo, and Anisuzzaman, a professor of Bengali at the University of Dhaka. In April 2013, Forum published its last issue.[1]

Writers from across South Asia, such as Amartya Sen, Tariq Ali, Kuldip Nayar and Ahmed Rashid wrote for the magazine.


  1. "Editor's Note". The Daily Star. 31 March 2013. Retrieved 6 May 2016.

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