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  • Tribute to a patriot

    While we all occupy multiple identities in our lives, some stand out more sharply, and are more cherished, than others. For most of the people engaged in the Liberation War of 1971, it is that experience alone that perhaps defines them more than anything else.
  • A 21st Century Novel: Tahmima Anam’s The Bones of Grace

    It is awkward to write about a novel when one is not a literary critic. The task is all the more daunting, given that unlike Tahmima
  • Dhaka's awkward burden

    Cities have always been important to Asia. As Charles Tilly remarks, “Cities emerged in Asia, and in terms of sheer man-years lived in cities, Asians have more urban experience than the rest of the world put together”.
  • John Kerry - important visitor, doubtful impact

    John Kerry - important visitor, doubtful impact

    John Kerry's visit accomplished pitifully little. Popular wisdom suggests that it symbolised much. Lacking both popularity and wisdom, I am not entirely convinced of that judgment.
  • History and society in the shaping of terrorism

    History and society in the shaping of terrorism today

    Among the anxieties, fears and confusions generated by the grisly tragedy that occurred on July 1 at the Holey Artisan Bakery in Dhaka, one refrain was fairly consistent...
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