• Monday, March 02, 2015

Opinion

Can Mamata really deliver?

STRANGER THAN FICTION

Can Mamata really deliver?

THE brouhaha in Bangladesh about Mamata Banerjee's recent visit is astounding. The widest possible media coverage of what Ms. Banerjee “assured” Bangladesh about its due share of the Teesta water -- in the most condescending manner -- is unbelievable. Seemingly, many politicians and media outlets in Bangladesh believe that -- thanks to the...

BOTTOM LINE

What will Indian foreign secretary bring?

INDIA'S Foreign Secretary Subrahmaniam Jaishankar will visit Bangladesh from today on his tour of Saarc members aimed at “getting to know Saarc countries” as part of active Indian diplomacy. He started his trip on March 1 with Bhutan. From Bangladesh, he is expected to travel to Pakistan on March 3 and Afghanistan on March 4 Visits by India's foreign secretary to Bangladesh have always been important as the neighbours ordinarily have many unresolved issues which need to be settled peacefully....

FREEDOM IN THE OFFING

Prelude to an order for genocide

Prelude to an order for genocide

In this article Prof. Rehman Sobhan, who was Professor of Economics at Dacca University and an Adviser to Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, describes the background to the Yahya-Mujib talks -- AS President Yahya flew out of Dacca on the night of March 25 he took with him the last hopes of a united Pakistan....

A murder most foul

IT seems there is no end to sensational news from Bangladesh. Smack on the face of the dramatic revelation of the phone conversations of a civil society stalwart that shook the society, came the horrific news of a most brutal killing of an activist writer in public view. His offense was seemingly his writings that advocated tolerance, freedom from bigotry of all kinds, love and respect for all humans, and above all a just society.   This is not a...

Published Date: March 1, 2015
No one killed Avijit Roy

No one killed Avijit Roy

Freedom of expression, the most inalienable right of the citizens, has been under attack in many ways in this country for a long time. Denying this fact will not change the truth. The killing of blogger Avijit Roy on February 26 by unknown assailants is nothing but an outcome of what this country...

Politics Of Climate Change

Published Date: March 1, 2015
Financing climate change activities in Bangladesh

Bangladesh has been a pioneer in financing climate change by setting up two separate climate change funds over the last decade. One, called the Climate Change Trust Fund (CCTF), was funded entirely from government of Bangladesh funds allocated in the budget by the finance minister each year, and has over $500 million allocated over the years. This fund has been governed by an inter-ministerial committee and each year they allocated two-thirds of the amount towards projects submitted by different...

Freedom In The Offing

Published Date: March 1, 2015
Bangabandhu's interview by David Frost

Bangabandhu's interview by David Frost

Frost : …On the night that you were arrested, on the night when in fact West Pakistan was about to invade where they'd been talking with you for sometime disguising their intentions and then they invaded, now at 8 O'clock you were at home on the night you were arrested and you got...

Interview With Avijit Roy

Published Date: March 1, 2015
Alo Hate Choliyachhe Adharer Yatree

Ahmede Hussain (AH): How has Mukto-Mona evolved? Can you please explain the idea behind Mukto-Mona for our readers? Avijit Roy (AR): Mukto-Mona came into being in the year 2000, with the intention of debating and promoting critical issues that are of the utmost importance in building a progressive, rational and secular society, but usually are ignored in the mainstream Bangladeshi and South Asian media. On May 26, 2001, I created a Yahoo group under the name Mukto-Mona. A year later,...

Letters To The Editor

Published Date: March 1, 2015
Political impasse taking its toll

The ongoing political impasse has hit every aspect of people's lives very hard. Businesses have come to a near-halt, education is in tatters, people are getting killed by arson attacks everyday. Holding innocent people hostages and wreaking havoc mindlessly throughout the country cannot be an acceptable means of demonstration. Political leaders must act sensibly with a view to keeping the country's economy unharmed and ensuring the security of public life. It is high time for our political leaders to...

Letters To The Editor

Published Date: March 1, 2015
Stop burning us

I'm a Bangladeshi girl and being dejected vent my feelings as I have lost my father and mother. They were burn victims of some senseless criminals. This is not supposed to be my childhood. I had lots of hope, but all are shattered, and all for our greedy politicians. Do they ever see that children are being used to participate in political unrest? Can they visualise the scene of their parents, friends, relatives or children being burnt and their skins...