• Friday, November 28, 2014

Book Reviews

Prof. Shamsad Mortuza reviews The Collaborator but warns that readers are in for a rude awakening in

Published Date: November 24, 2014
The Collaborator

The Collaborator

In Kashmir "you simply do not exist if you don't have an ID card on you" (14). The dead bodies lying in the valley, nestled between "this Kashmir" and "that Kashmir," have been the casualties of war. They, when alive, sought freedom for Kashmir or simply wanted to run away from the military brutalities. Since "there is always an Indian and a Pakistani version of everything," these freedom seekers are somebody else's militants, and the only good militant is a dead militant. But it seems that the dead bodies simply refuse to go. Their IDs give them existence even after their death. And someone has to go down there,...

Published Date: November 24, 2014
DENG XIAOPING

DENG XIAOPING

Professor Ezra Vogel Dr. Salehuddin Ahmed, former Pro-VC Brac University, has developed an insight into the ways Chinese society, education system, politics and economy move in his 3-year stay in China as an academic and from reading extensively on the history, past and present, of this great nation. He reviews and recommends this book to the readers, especially to those who have interest to learn about China. The book, Deng Xiaoping and the Transformation of China, was authored by Professor Ezra Vogel a Harvard professor.  The book is published by Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, USA in 2011.   Professor Ezra Vogel was born in 1930 in Delaware, Ohio, USA. ...

Published Date: November 24, 2014
Road Safety in Bangladesh: Realities and Challenges

Road Safety in Bangladesh: Realities and Challenges

Editor: Hossain Zillur Rahman Published by: Power and Participation Research Centre (PPRC), Dhaka, July 2014 Book design and production: The Shikkha Bichitra, Malibag, Dhaka Pages: 130; Price: Taka 900 As the editor of this research book says, "Road accidents are the new epidemic sweeping across much of the developing world". With its rapid urbanization and exponential growth of transport networks, safety on the roads has emerged as an inescapable priority for Bangladesh. Bangladesh Rural Advancement Committee or BRAC therefore commissioned the PPRC research team to undertake a causal study on road safety in order to devise an appropriate advocacy strategy on this vital national issue. The outcome has been this illuminating book of...