• Monday, July 28, 2014



  • Editorial

    The spirit of Eid-ul-Fitr

    Uphold the values of peace and tolerance

    THE month of Ramadan which united us in a collective experience of disciplined worldly and spiritual lives is coming to a crowning glory. It is heralding the biggest and the most joyous of festivals in Islamic calendar. The month-long fasting that tested our capacity for abnegation and self-restraint and made us empathetic to the plight of the less fortunate is rewarded through Eid meaning auspicious joy. The spirituality has created a groundswell of emotional fervour demonstrated through the  urban dwellers' surge for home-bound journeys to celebrate Eid with their kith and kin. This urban-rural connection topped by Eid-centred remittances by Bangladeshi expatriate workers to  their beneficiaries must have given a boost  to rural economy. As it is, Ramadan and Eid help rejuvenate national economy through stepping up productivity, imports, fashion-designing, innovations and improvisations. Eid tourism is expanding as well. Now the transporters, policemen and people must exercise caution against accidents or crimes. Already, a police official has been killed as families of eight missing youths have demanded government action to bring them back. Eid is not all about feasting or merry-making. There are higher ideals associated   with it: Equality, brotherhood, peaceful coexistence and tolerance are the messages we take from...


Israeli pogrom in Gaza

Israeli pogrom in Gaza

UPON expiry of the 24-hour UN-brokered truce, Israel has resumed its naval, air and ground attack on Gaza since Sunday morning, despite Hamas's announcing a 24-hour ceasefire. During the short-lived lull in hostilities, what Gaza residents, humanitarian and rescue workers and foreign journalists saw was mind-boggling. It was as if demons were let loose...

Why will Mr. X not pay the wage and bonus?

LET'S call him 'X'. It was 11 pm. A few days ago, a private television channel was running news on the non-payment of the salary and bonus of the readymade garment workers. The face was a familiar one. In fact, the gentleman, Mr. X, confined to the BGMEA office when speaking to the journalists, was an old friend who had taught me production processes and familiarised me with the trade eighteen years back, when I first joined the industry....

Talking trade with India

HAVING missed an opportunity to advance opening trade with India, Pakistan now finds itself dealing with the consequences. The forthcoming talks between the foreign secretaries of the two countries could have been an opportunity to move further down the road of regional economic cooperation and integration, but instead they are going to spend their time testing the waters. Going by the words of Pakistan's foreign secretary, the talks will aim to “discuss the resumption of the dialogue process to...


Muslim Brotherhood, Jamaat-i-Islami and global jihad

Muslim Brotherhood, Jamaat-i-Islami and global jihad

(CONCLUDING PART) Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) in Pakistan and Bangladesh Maulana Abul Ala Maududi (1903-1979), an Indian-born madrassah-educated journalist, author and political thinker was the founder of the Jamaat-e-Islami or Party of Islam. It came into being in 1941 in British India. Maududi started the organisation with a view to promoting Islamic values and practices in the...

Dialogue with BNP: Hasina then and now

THOSE who saw Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's press conference on television on Saturday must have noticed her emphatic no to holding any dialogue over the next general election with BNP led by Khaleda Zia. In recent times, she had not made such strong arguments against holding talks with the opposition BNP like she...

Sunday Pouch

Published Date: July 27, 2014
Gaza oh Gaza! Why do you cry?

The Gaza Strip, or simply Gaza, is a Palestinian region on the eastern shore of the Mediterranean Sea. For 11 km, it borders Egypt in the south west. There is Israel on its east and north along a 51 km border. This small sliver of land of 360 sq km has 1.8 million...



Letters to the editor

Israeli atrocities and uncaring USA, UK

Israeli atrocities and uncaring USA, UK

The world's so-called peace keeper and human rights upholder USA is the number one patron of Israel's atrocities in Gaza. UK is also the shameless supporter of both USA and Israel. That's why after so much barbarism by Israel, they are continuously and shamelessly supporting the Israelis' 'right to defend themselves.' Then what...

BNP's post-Eid threat of agitation

BNP has been frequently threatening to launch all-out agitation programmes against the government after Eid. It's true that BNP, one of the largest political parties in the country, has become feeble after the election of January 5. So how can they wage all-out movement against this powerful government? We have seen enough vandalism, attacks, clashes, assaults on the law enforcers and killing of common people by throwing petrol bombs in the name of shutdowns and blockades before the January 5...

Comments on news report

“Justice delayed, not denied,” published on July 23, 2014

Amran Khan I am not satisfied with the verdict. Imprisonment of the criminals is not enough, they deserve harsher punishment as they caused the deaths of 76 children. Hossain123 I am totally unsatisfied with the judgment. The killers should have got capital punishment for this mass killing. Sakib I am not satisfied but happy that it came at last.  

Comments on news report

“Yunus calls for Gaza ceasefire”(July 23, 2014)

Zman7 “Calling on the international community to secure an immediate ceasefire...” is not enough. All these great Nobel Peace laureates should march to Gaza and/or Israel to attain that much discussed ceasefire and free Gaza from enduring blockade. Molla A. Latif Peaceful war against the war lord Israel by the Nobel Peace Prize winners! Why should they risk their valuable lives?!  

Comments on news report

“A 'doctor' with no degree” (July 22, 2014)

Hyder Many peculiar things happen in this world and may be Bangladesh is one of the countries where people do many things without proper certificates. Thanks to our mobile court who just nabbed the fake doctor.  

Comments on news report

“Dismantle Rab” (July 22, 2014)

Deep Purple Blue Indeed, Rab is beyond repair. Rab is a symbol of abuse and impunity, engaged in 'contract-killing'.


Published Date: July 27, 2014
Critical water issues in Bangladesh

One issue that is rarely focused upon by planners is the huge demand for water and the associated energy demand as industrial activity expands and the country develops. We often hear of energy crisis, food crisis but rarely of water crisis. That a huge water shortage is looming in the horizon has hardly been considered in national plans. Energy and water are essential ingredients for economic development and food production. According to the United Nations, by 2030 the world...

Published Date: July 27, 2014
Stop the killing in Gaza: An open letter to world leaders

We are a group of concerned citizens living in various parts of North America, Europe and Asia who are members of an on-line discussion group.  We are alarmed and appalled at the rapid and unprecedented escalation of tension and violence in Gaza and Israel, and the progressive intensification of the death and injuries, the destruction and disruptions, and the pain and suffering inflicted on all sides to the conflict. The rising death toll, mostly of innocent civilians in Gaza,...

Stranger Than Fiction

Published Date: July 27, 2014
Muslim Brotherhood, Jamaat-e-Islami and global jihad

Despite some similarities between Wahhabism and Qutb's support for violent jihad, Wahhabism did not influence him ideologically. Initially he was an admirer of America, but his two-year-long exposure to the country was enough to turn him into its bitter critic. He supported the Nasser-led military revolution against the pro-Western Egyptian monarchy. However, Nasser and Qutb had different visions for Egypt; the former championed secular Arab Nationalism and the latter favoured “Islamic” rule. Qutb also favoured transformation of the entire...

Shifting Images

Published Date: July 27, 2014
The myth of a “just war”

Israel's current invasion of Gaza as an act of “self defense” has reignited the debate on the concept of a “just war.” The concept is not new; it dates back to the ancient Indian epic Mahabharata (written between 540-300 BCE). The Mahabharata is a mythological text about the war between the Kaurava and Pandava princes. The multilayered narrative contains a dialogue between Krishna (incarnation of god Vishnu) and Pandava prince Arjuna, where Krishna argues that fighting a “just war”...


Published Date: July 27, 2014
Give the workers their dues, in full

The old story is being repeated. When it comes to Eid celebrations every year, it is almost always the workers in a large segment of garment sector who are pushed into agony, indeed often downright suffering. Now that reports of 500 factories yet to clear the salaries and bonuses of their workers have come in, it is only proper that we demand to know why these units have failed to do what they should have done weeks ago. Eid is...


Published Date: July 27, 2014
Sand traders flout HC ruling

It seems flouting HC rulings on river protection has become something of a routine affair. The latest incident revolves around the filling up of 7 bighas of Buriganga river bank by sand traders. Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority (BIWTA) remains strangely silent on this illegal activity. The so-called eviction drives conducted every now and then do little to protect rivers against sand traders and other occupiers. These river grabbers are merrily filling up portions of the river bank that...