• Friday, November 28, 2014

Opinion

CROSS TALK

Rumours are like ripples in a cornfield

THERE are more rumours reverberating through this land of ours than there are stars in the sky. Every crime is complicated, every corruption is convoluted and every crisis is circuitous. And rumours are leading to speculations as abidingly as faith leads to worship. A Jewish proverb says that we shouldn't witness with our mouths what we don't see with our eyes. But when it comes to an absorbing speculation that gives this government anywhere between three and six months,...

BETWEEN THE LINES

Indo-US partnership for arms

Indo-US partnership for arms

BY any yardstick, the participation of US President Barrack Obama at the Republic Day parade in January is a recognition of India's growing structure. His phone call to Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was, no doubt, an effort to make amends of sorts. But it does not hide the fact that Washington has...

Fading memories of Mujibnagar Government

IT is sad but true that, nowadays, we hardly hear of or talk about the Provisional Government of Bangladesh, formed on April 10, 1971 and popularly known as the Mujibnagar Government. On the contrary, what we get to hear is when some high government official is caught with a fake freedom fighter's certificate. Why is this apathy towards this government which conducted the War of Independence against Pakistan and led it to victory on December 16, 1971? Shouldn't history be...

PLEASURE IS ALL MINE

Mamata, Hasina, Modi and ...

HOW politics in a country impacts on its relationship with a neighbouring country has been spectacularly brought home lately in the context of India and Bangladesh. Usually, we have heard of ripple effect lapping up the shores of another country if its neighbour goes haywire through a takeover of power by an unconstitutional force. Or when militancy gains over normal political order. Security concerns are likely to arise in the neighbourhood. But that in peacetime, changing political dynamics in a...

BOTTOM LINE

India-Pakistan tension threatens the success of Saarc Summit

THE theme of the 18th Kathmandu Summit was “Deeper Integration for Peace and Prosperity.” It is expected that the leaders will attach importance to how to implement the theme for peace and progress of almost 1.3 billion people of the Saarc. It was earlier reported that that three agreements -- Saarc motor vehicles agreement, Saarc regional railway agreement and Saarc energy cooperation agreement -- would be considered and signed to facilitate physical connectivity among the Saarc countries. None of them...

In our country, is the business of business just business?

GROWING up in an entrepreneurial family, I have always wondered about the line between “business as usual,” and business that is socially responsible. With limited repercussions in Bangladesh, it seems that the overwhelming positivity of businesses have, to an extent, been negated by poor environment and labour practices, and a blatant disregard for the good of society. It begs the question, is the business of business just business? On an even more molecular level, what is business? These days, people...

JAY HO

WHY did the chicken cross the road? To prove that it's no chicken but rather, a full blooded Bangladeshi. After all, Bangladesh is perhaps among the very few countries in the world where one has to get special combat training to cross the streets. With a mixed bag of buses, trucks, cars, baby taxis (CNGs), rickshaws, pull carts, push carts, cows (leaving Hansel and Gretel trails), why should pedestrians be left out? And so, we have the jaywalkers' paradise. The jaywalker...

Published Date: November 27, 2014
MPs enjoy no or unlimited immunity from arrest?

MPs enjoy no or unlimited immunity from arrest?

BY surrendering to the Dhanmondi police station on Tuesday, sacked minister Abdul Latif Siddique has saved the police, the state minister for home, and the government as well, from being embarrassed further. What the police and the government policymakers have done since his return to Dhaka on Sunday night has raised questions about their sincerity to enforce the law. Siddique, who flew into Dhaka from India, has been facing around two dozen arrest warrants issued by different courts in connection with cases filed in 18 districts against him for his derogatory remarks hurting religious sentiments of people. Non-action of the police on Sunday night at the airport drew criticism....

Published Date: November 27, 2014
Our persistent water crisis

IN recent decades, Bangladesh has made remarkable progress in supplying safe water to its citizens, yet serious disparities in coverage persist across both rural and urban areas. Although the government has numerous water initiatives underway, it has never properly addressed the social vulnerabilities of women and children in rural villages that can be linked to water stress. According to Unicef, 97% of Bangladeshis have access to tube well water. This has dramatically reduced the incidence of water-borne diseases such as...

Published Date: November 27, 2014
Remembering Baba

EACH year goes by and as the end of November rolls around, I think of Baba and his life. There is so much I want to say and so many questions I have that will forever remain unanswered. I spent this past summer working in Bangladesh and talking to any acquaintance, relative, or friend to glean new aspects of his life. After hearing everyone's stories of my Baba, I am truly humbled. Everyone from the custodian at Dhaka Medical...