The World He Sought: Nazrul in Coolies and Laborers

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  • Winston E. Langley University of Massachusetts Boston, USA



Kazi Nazrul Islam, the national poet of Bangladesh, envisioned a future possibility for humankind, a community of care. The dominant socio-economic and political thinking of this century, however, finds his vision and unrealizable dream, especially in the light of the cleavages that wall human groupings from another—ethnicity, gender, geography, language, nationality, race, religion, and social class, among others. The focus of this article is to show that the dream has been informing some of the thinking of the last and present century, from a variety of cultural traditions, and that its policy implications, through a number of forums, including the United Nations, offer a future within which the entire human species, together, and the Earth, can mutually thrive and grow.


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Author Biography

Winston E. Langley , University of Massachusetts Boston, USA

Winston Langley is professor emeritus of political science and international relations and senior fellow at the McCormack Graduate School for Policy and Global Studies at the University of Massachusetts Boston. He is also the former provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs of that university, where he has taught for over 35 years. Among his publications are The Encyclopedia of Human Rights; Women’s Rights in the United States; and Kazi Nazrul Islam: The Voice of Poetry and the Struggle for Human Wholeness. His most recent book (co-edited with Dr. Hasan Aydin) was Human Rights in Turkey: Assaults on Human Dignity, which Springer Press published.


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How to Cite

Langley , W. E. . (2023). The World He Sought: Nazrul in Coolies and Laborers. Journal of Ethnic and Cultural Studies, 10(1), 165–181.



Original Manuscript
Received 2023-01-10
Accepted 2023-02-14
Published 2023-02-17