Perspective | The Daily Star
  • What's in a pseudonym?

    A few years ago, I collaborated with a friend to write about the double standards young girls face in Bangladesh.

  • Cashing in fake news

    On August 21, 1835, an intriguing teaser appeared on the front page of the New York Sun announcing a series of articles revealing the supposed discovery of life and even civilisation on the moon.

  • Seeing colours in Korail

    The Daily Star recently reported that at least 20 utilities “syndicates” are operating in Korail slum.

  • In memory of a loud, brilliant, hilarious lady

    It was a truth universally acknowledged that a single woman of good breeding must be in search of a life led in humble anonymity.

  • The Gordian Knot of Dhaka city governance

    We have managed to turn a serene, rustic, romantic Dhaka into a dishevelled, messy concrete slum just within a century.

  • The bus is indeed moving backwards

    A Facebook post shared by a man named Rushad Faridi caught my eye recently. He shared an article with an intriguing title, which he had written for Prothom Alo. But it wasn't the article that grabbed everyone's attention at first. It was the fact that Faridi, a professor in the economics department at Dhaka University, was placed on forced leave less than a week after the article was published on July 7.

  • A quiet masterpiece that serves as Dhaka's gateway

    These buildings also had a political history. They were the products of what the military regime of Muhammad Ayub Khan called the “Decade of Development” (1958-68), intertwined with West Pakistan's shrewd political strategy of placating East Pakistan's agitating Bengalis through architectural and infrastructure development.

  • The puzzle of hiding data

    Suppose a doctoral student at a US university is writing her dissertation on an economic issue of Bangladesh, and if the required data is available on a BBS website, she can conveniently access it. The net result is that Bangladesh can benefit from new scientific research financed by the US taxpayers' money.

  • What the HSC results say about the state of our education

    It is time for the policy-makers in government, educationists, as well as the affluent members of society to take the situation seriously.

  • Suicide and irresponsible speech

    In the aftermath of someone's suicide it is inevitable that those left behind will comment.

  • Can the CEC take unilateral decisions?

    On July 16, 2017, the Election Commission (EC) arranged a news conference to announce its electoral roadmap.

  • DU vs NU: Students caught in the crossfire

    Siddiqur Rahman, while protesting, was injured in his eyes by a tear gas canister in yet another case of police brutality. One eye will never see again, another one is damaged.

  • Big data, algorithm and our next election

    What if a political party starts collecting sensitive personal data from social media, buying personal information from private companies or hacking government servers, and then uses the data to spread propaganda and influence voters' opinion during the election?

  • Rape, impunity and power: 18 years after the anti-rape movement at JU

    The Banani rape case that took place in March this year is yet another example of how our faulty system tends to work in favour of the criminal. The media's exposure of these crimes helped the protesters gain some ground. But one wonders why things have to move this way.

  • South Asia's greater integration in Asia

    The regional integration and cooperation initiative in South Asia started with the formation of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) in 1985.

  • Taking moral responsibility for Tufan's misdeeds

    First, the daughter – a student – was kidnapped, and then raped. As if that was not enough, she and her mother were then tortured, mentally and physically, for hours, and their heads shaven in an attempt to humiliate and hush them up. In the end, they were asked to leave the town and never come back.

  • Save our heroes from oblivion

    My current students' unfamiliarity with Major Ziauddin only shows that the unwillingness of our young people to know about the heroes of 1971 persists.

  • Calming down in Dhaka East

    The broader planning question here is: should we let Dhaka expand more or de-escalate its growth frenzy? Should we save Dhaka from over-development by investing in other cities of Bangladesh, thus encouraging decentralisation?

  • EC must work to gain credibility among citizens

    The EC is not constituted only for holding elections. It is a constitutional body created to perform a host of other functions round the year to ensure that the elections are free, fair and credible.

  • Youth potential stifled by adults

    Some East and Southeast Asian countries benefitted from investing heavily in human resource sectors such as education and health during this period. While there's no universal model for a country to develop, experts suggest the strategy taken by those countries may also help Bangladesh reap its demographic dividend.

  • Why computers get cheaper and health care doesn't

    This is the subtitle of a book by William Baumol, an American economist who died recently at age 95. The title of the book is The Cost Disease. In his book, Baumol made several interesting arguments that have significant implications for public welfare in Bangladesh.

  • From “bare lives” to “bare citizens”

    The fateful line of Radcliffe, as most of us know, not only decided the border between two new states (India and Pakistan) but also sealed the fate of millions of people.

  • A loyalist's guide to Section 57

    Subodh is a young dissident who refuses to accept things as they are, and is running because his refusal—or defiance—makes him vulnerable. But what if Subodh didn't have to run away?

  • Why a unified system is necessary in Bangladesh

    University admission procedures vary from country to country, and sometimes from institution to institution in a country. In many countries, prospective university students apply for admission during their last year of higher secondary school or community college.

  • “Shanghaiing” Dhaka

    I am intrigued by the recent remarks made by Zhu Ruo, a leading urban planning expert in China, suggesting that Dhaka follow Shanghai's example in regards to urban transformation and growth.

  • On the road to road safety

    Inclusion of road safety targets in the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the middle of the UN decade of Action for Road Safety 2011-20 has reinforced the urgency of initiating reforms or legislation for bringing discipline in the road and transport sector.

  • What not to learn from Dhaka City

    The other day my seven-year-old niece learnt about bribes. Not in school, but while on the way to school. Her dad had parked the car on Mirpur Road so she and her mom could get down and walk their way into the inner Dhanmondi streets.

  • Promoting Brand Bangladesh abroad

    When a country has a population of over 160 million people, it is only natural for pockets of ever-growing expatriate communities to spring up across the world.

  • The future of work is ours to create

    It is our belief that work is the foundation for people and societies to grow. With a decent income, work can pave the way for broader social and economic advancement, strengthening individuals, their families and communities.

  • Society at a crossroads

    What is needed to reduce violence and create a more stable society?