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CROSS TALK

Last call before things get out of hand

US president Abraham Lincoln once elaborated on the dangers facing the Americans. He said some trans-Atlantic military wasn't going to crush them with a blow. Nor all the armies of Europe and Asia “could by force take a drink from the Ohio River or make a track on the Blue Ridge in the trial of a thousand years.” He then said if destruction was the lot of the Americans, it must be them who will be its author and...

'One of the best ways to tackle extremists is to ensure space for non-violent and democratic opposition'

'One of the best ways to tackle extremists is to ensure space for non-violent and democratic opposition'

The Daily Star (TDS):  Is democracy functioning in Bangladesh? Prof. Raunaq Jahan (RJ): Democracy has never functioned very well in Bangladesh. Though the Bangladesh constitution adopted in 1972 established democracy as one of the four guiding principles of state, within three years, in 1975, Bangladesh fell under military rule. After 15 years we succeeded in overthrowing military rule in 1990. But our renewed democratic journey has not been smooth. Since 1991, our two major electoral parties, Awami League (AL) and Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), have not been able to agree on the ground rules of organising free and fair elections. After the restoration of electoral democracy six parliamentary elections had been...

BETWEEN THE LINES

Towards emotional integration

Towards emotional integration

POWER makes strange bedfellows. Mufti Mohmmad Sayeed, who heads the Jammu and Kashmir government, has joined hands with the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP). Yet his victory in the state assembly elections primarily has been on the plank that he will not allow the BJP to enter the valley. That he has gone back...

Obaidul donates book royalty to arson victims

Obaidul donates book royalty to arson victims

Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader today donated the royalty he got for his two books to arson victims of the current political unrest. The minister donated total Tk 5.40 lakh to 54 victims while visiting the burn unit at Dhaka Medical College Hospital this morning. Of the amount, Obaidul got Tk 5 lakh...

Civil society, freedom of speech under attack in Bangladesh: UN

Civil society, freedom of speech under attack in Bangladesh: UN

United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein has said he was deeply concerned at “measures that restrict freedom of expression and democratic space” in numerous countries including Bangladesh. “Civil society and freedom of speech is also under attack, not only by extremists but also due to heavy-handed official responses,” he...

UK urges end to violence

British Foreign Minister Hugo Swire today urged all political parties in Bangladesh, the government and others in society to take confidence-building measures necessary to stop the violence. In a statement issued in UK, he also urged all to take steps to reduce tension and ensure an inclusive and participatory political process. Hugo Swire mentioned that Britain has long been a close friend of Bangladesh. “I am therefore particularly saddened about the last 60 days of violence and disruption, which has had such...

Khoka, Manna sued for sedition

Khoka, Manna sued for sedition

A sedition case has been filed against BNP leader Sadeque Hossain Khoka and Nagorik Oikya Convener Mahmudur Rahman Manna. The case was filed this evening with Gulshan Police Station, Nurul Alam, an assistant commissioner (Gulshan zone) of Dhaka Metropolitan Police, told The Daily Star. The other details were not available immediately. Manna was arrested on February...

MACRO MIRROR

When Politics Stifles Economic Growth

When Politics Stifles Economic Growth

THE significance of political factors on economic performance is well established in the theoretical and empirical literature. Channels of political impact on the economy are many. Political instability takes a toll on economic growth through lower investment and subdued economic activities. Higher inflation has also been associated with political flux. On many occasions,...

Hindustan Times Editorial

Call for trial of Star editor criticised

Leading Indian newspaper The Hindustan Times yesterday editorially criticised the call made by Sajeeb Wajed Joy for the arrest and trial of eminent civil society activists, a renowned jurist and the editor of The Daily Star for alleged treason. The paper called on Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to firmly eschew such moves. The comments appeared in the lead editorial under the headline “Avijit Roy Murder: The fallout of Bangladesh's broken politics”, condemning the murder of blogger Avijit Roy and current volatile...

GRAFT CASES

Court upholds Khaleda’s arrest warrant

Court upholds Khaleda’s arrest warrant

A Dhaka court today upheld the arrest warrants issued against BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia in Zia Orphanage Trust and Zia Charitable graft cases. After refusing to entertain the petitions filed seeking withdrawal of Khaleda’s arrest warrants, Judge Abu Ahmed Jamadar of the special judge's court-3 said the February 25 order on the BNP chief’s arrest will remain effective. As per law, none can file such petition on behalf of any fugitive accused, Judge Jamadar said after hearing the petitions. The court also fixed April 5 for further hearing in the cases. It also allowed defence counsel Sanaullah Mia to represent another accused Tarique Rahman at the court in the Zia Orphanage Trust graft...

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