The country needs a genuine election in its true sense, not a sham exercise under the pretence of maximum participation.
'Lunthito Bhabishyat: Bangladesher Arthanoitik Shonkoter Chalchitra' gives an overview of Bangladesh's current economic crisis.
Regaining public confidence and trust in the Election Commission, which have been systematically destroyed by two previous commissions, is undoubtedly a tough task. Unfortunately, it seems the current EC, too, is failing us miserably.
'The Politics of Terrorism and Counterterrorism in Bangladesh' contains insightful and critical analyses.
The Income Tax (IT) department’s sudden raid at the BBC premises in India has drawn widespread condemnation.
Adani’s inclusion of costs that appear to be non-existent may allow Bangladesh to claim the deal invalid.
These by-elections are nothing more than a mere fulfilment of legal obligations, as it won’t be able to bring in any change in parliamentary balance.
The worst part in the academy's attempt to clear the air is the admission in its statement that it had not read the alleged offending book before deciding to exclude its publisher from the exhibition.
We should be concerned about the deployment of surveillance tech without any judicial oversight
As we approach another general election, the utmost thing of worry is that such appeasement will only intensify.
A consensus among political parties is essential for holding a good election.
Why can't Bangladesh ditch the inhumane colonial practice of arbitrary fettering?
There has been demands for FIFA to set up a compensation fund for migrant workers.
There are too many questions about the policing of the BNP rally in Dhaka.
Thirty-two years have gone by since our national leaders made a pledge to make Bangladesh a democracy.
Government threat against critics living abroad is seriously misguided and likely to harm its image even more
Contrast in administrative actions regarding political rallies could not be starker when it comes to BNP and other parties.
Violence against journalists have been on the rise in Bangladesh and elsewhere.
Despite the hype created by Boris Johnson's loyalists and the campaign team, others have raised a number of critical questions.
British tabloids are having a field day due to the UK's tumultuous politics.
The rude disobedience shown by the field-level administrators – deputy commissioners (DCs) and superintendents of police (SPs) – to the current Election Commission (EC) has once again shown us what’s wrong at the core of our election management mechanism.
Did you know that mind-reading was an essential trait for the job of an election commissioner? I did not.
In the current environment, it is the ruling party that has been seen in the offensive.
It is particularly disheartening and a cause for grave concern as the standard of our diplomacy has been questioned by domestic as well as foreign media.
Given the enormity of the UK’s economic woes, the challenges she faces are multilayered and daunting.
Our police are supposed to be neutral and sincere in maintaining peace and order, but their actions and inactions these days could not be more partisan.
The Bangladesh Press Council is fully dependent on government funding. As a result, its independence to act as a self-regulatory body remains susceptible to government interference.
UN human rights chief's visit to Dhaka revealed contrasting expectations on the part of the government and rights groups.
While the government in India has listened to opposition, in Bangladesh, the government has brushed aside the civil society’s concerns.
The Gambia’s case against Myanmar for the genocide of Rohingyas is now all set to be heard and judged by the International Court of Justice (ICJ).
One of the most important but undervalued events of India’s independence movement was the naval revolt of 1946, about which Indian historian Sumit Sarker wrote,
The whole episode raises some serious questions regarding the roles of both the lawmaker and the college principals.
According to the Global Emotions Report 2022, Bangladesh is the seventh saddest nation in the world. And we became miserable well before the onset of high inflation and cost of living crisis.
Two verdicts in two different countries, located thousands of miles apart, by their respective supreme courts last week have stoked a serious debate about the role of judges and politicisation of the judiciary.
Well-known civic rights activist Mizanur Rahman’s narration of his harrowing experience of being picked up by police and tortured under custody, published in this newspaper’s online version on June 15, gives us some disturbing snapshots of the unlawful actions of our law enforcement agencies.
When Bangladesh needs to show that it has been listening to the concerns about respecting human rights and upholding the rule of law, it has done quite the opposite.
The questions suggested by Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen for the US ambassador to Bangladesh were a repetition of unverified claims made by some politicians in their public speeches.
Elon Musk, a self-proclaimed free-speech absolutist and the world’s richest man, is the new king of Twitterdom.
The recent publication of the drafts of two long-awaited legislations on regulating the usage of internet in Bangladesh have stoked some debate on their likely impact on both the citizens and businesses.
Writer Mushtaq Ahmed paid the ultimate price for his freedom of expression, and it’s a matter of shame for us all that it happened in the year of the Golden Jubilee of Bangladesh’s independence.
At the beginning of the current millennium, the world celebrated the visible empowerment of citizens through digital technology due to emergence of social media platforms and search engines.
The one issue dominating British politics for weeks is nothing other than the partying going on at the heart of the government, at 10 Downing Street, the office-cum-residence of the prime minister.
Can anyone remember such degradation of a constitutional body like what our Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) KM Nurul Huda has done?
The sudden approval of a draft Election Commission law by the cabinet certainly gives the government and the ruling party a powerful public relation tool, as they can claim they have done what no other party even attempted in the last 50 years.
The extraordinary assurance that no journalist will be arrested immediately under the Digital Security Act (DSA) without a summon seems to be an attractive solution to the concerns and fears created by its random abuse to suppress critical voices in the media.
It seems that some of us are quite intrigued by the results of the Union Parishad (UP) elections that show official nominees of the ruling party, Awami League, having lost in a big way.
Bangladesh’s elite law enforcement force, the Rapid Action Battalion (Rab), which has been subjected to a sanction by the US, has now been applauded by the same government for its role in tackling terrorism, according to some media reports.
Video footage and reports have been emerging daily on both traditional and social media exposing how violent and intimidating our elections have become.
When Indian-born Muslim cricketer Nasser Hussain captained the England team, no one could have imagined that after nearly two decades, the game would be facing a storm of this magnitude and compel the wider society to confront one of the most sensitive issues: racism.
London Mayor Sadiq Khan has done something daring to tackle air pollution in his city. First, he experimented with an Ultra-Low Emission Zone (ULEZ), with an area designated as a congestion charging area about 25 years ago.
The takeover of Newcastle United, an ailing English club, by a consortium led by a Saudi-backed investment fund, has once again stoked a passionate debate on sportswashing.
Maria Ressa of the Philippines and Dmitry Muratov of Russia have won the Nobel Peace Prize for their relentless struggle to protect freedom of expression.
It was 50 years ago today when hundreds of Londoners flocked to Sadler’s Wells theatre to show their support and donate to the cause of Bangladesh’s Liberation War.
Imagine a scenario where a restaurant chain, famous for chicken dishes, is forced to shut down dozens of its outlets due to supply shortage.
Years of campaigning and legal challenges have finally given some hope to thousands of international students, including Bangladeshis, subjected to historical injustices since 2014 over a wrongful allegation of cheating in English tests.
The ongoing Tokyo Olympics is the latest sporting event where the trend of taking the knee by players has made its way in.
It was in the era of President Nixon when commercial import and selling of second-hand garments became an obvious alternative to millions of Bangladeshis who could not afford new outfits.
Imagine a scenario where players are being booed for making gestures that contain a political statement, but when play resumes and the players clinch stunning successes, spectators in the same gallery go wild in celebrations.