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  • 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...
  • A symptom of the disease

    How can freedom of speech flourish when sensitivities are so high, and public patience so low, when dissent is considered dangerous, any critique is considered to be a challenge, and all opposition is viewed as an existential threat that must be crushed? How credible are the preachy platitudes about democracy coming from people who are not its best exemplar?
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