• Friday, August 22, 2014

Opinion

CROSS TALK

What's the recourse for demeaning the people?

HENRY David Thoreau writes that disobedience is the true foundation of liberty.Cutting through the cacophony, it skims the gravamen of the controversy brewing in this country over the National Broadcast Policy. The government is pushing the policy because it'sworried about the danger of disobedience. The media are resisting because they're afraid of losing their foundation of liberty. Anybody who wishes to understand this controversy needs to know the difference between obedience and compliance. Obedience is when one does what one...

BETWEEN THE LINES

Politics of Kashmir

ARTICLE 370 is not meant to reflect the liberal tilt in the Indian Constitution. It is specific. It gives a special status to the state of Jammu and Kashmir -- a status which the people of Jammu and Kashmir won after waging a long, tough fight for freedom both from the British and the Maharaja ruling the state. Sheikh Abdullah was in the lead and achieved what looked impossible at one time, an autonomous status within the sovereign, secular Republic...

Quo vadis our education system?

WHEN the successful students of the recent HSC examinations were jubilating on August 14, a report in The Daily Star revealed that the management committee of a high school in Rajshahi had taken Tk. 20 lakh and a plot of land as bribe for recruiting three teachers and a librarian for the school. It is alleged that the president and three members of the management committee, all activists of a political party, were involved in the deal. Moreover, the...

Impeachment of judges and conflict of interest

Impeachment of judges and conflict of interest

THERE has always been a tug of war between different organs of the state in terms of exercise of power and controlling authority. In a democratic state the parliament does act as the supreme authority. But in a country where democratic practice has not yet achieved maturity, power game between the different organs...

150 years after the first Geneva Convention

Switzerland and ICRC call for greater respect for international humanitarian law

HUNDRED fifty years ago to the day, the first Geneva Convention for the Amelioration of the Condition of the Wounded and Sick in Armed Forces in the Field was adopted, enshrining the idea in international law that even in times of war, a certain degree of humanity must be preserved. Switzerland and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), which together helped to secure acceptance for international humanitarian law on the world stage at that time, are now...

HUMOROUSLY YOURS

Heaven Just Got Funnier

SHE smiles at you. She's a flirt or is weak, or maybe stupid, or…available. Wake up! She smiles because deep inside she has faith and knows the power of a smile. Smile power! A smile is the best make-up you are ever going to wear. Now, stretch that smile to a laugh. Nah! That will seem like you lack 'depth.' The laughter must be stifled. So, zip your lip. So, let it out. There you go. You're laughing. Good. Now let's...

STRATEGICALLY SPEAKING

Published Date: August 21, 2014
Extremism worry

NINE years have passed since the country witnessed the most serious terrorist action. Although there were not many casualties in the nearly 500 near simultaneous explosions, and that was perhaps not the intention of the perpetrators, it was the first exposure of the existence of well organised extremist group with technical know-how. And after several years of being in a denial mood the government of the day was still dithering to acknowledge that Bangladesh was indeed facing a phenomenon...

Published Date: August 21, 2014
World Bank and rights of indigenous people

THE World Bank's neglect of human rights of the poor and disadvantaged in general and that of the indigenous people in particular has been as well-known as disturbing. However, it is appalling that instead of making any serious effort to improve, it is reportedly moving further down the road to worsen its own records. As a part of an exercise to review the Bank's Safeguard Policies and Environment and Social Framework, meant to prevent adverse implications on people and environment...

Published Date: August 21, 2014
Bravery or bravado?

HISTORY would be an ineffective yardstick against which to assess the decision of the Modi government to call off the foreign-secretary talks with Pakistan; or the reasoning behind it. Regardless of the political complexion of Raisina Hill, South Block has never been consistent about whether or not to talk with Pakistan and the pre-conditions for doing so. And so looking back will provide little clarity, or validate the consistent inconsistency of the puerile “I'm not talking to you now”...

Published Date: August 21, 2014
A solution to Israel and Palestine conflict

A solution to Israel and Palestine conflict

PALESTINE and Israel, once known as cradle of civilisation, have become the hub of cemeteries in modern times. Their conflict has shed untold blood and produced graves as far as the eye can see. The countless tombstones are silent, but the sound of their outcry has carried from the Middle-East to here at...