Mahfuz Anam

THE THIRD VIEW

Editor and publisher, The Daily Star

August 20, 2021
August 20, 2021

Column by Mahfuz Anam: Taliban takeover of Afghanistan -- its meaning and implications

History unfolds in ways that may appear to be totally incomprehensible to us. It may not fit into our logic, may appear to be contrary to the facts that are at hand and our own analysis, which,...

August 15, 2021
August 15, 2021

Tribute to Bangabandhu: How to remember a Hero?

Bangladesh and Bangalees have many heroes. But Bangabandhu shines far above all. While our other heroes may be matchless examples of excellence in their own respective fields, or a multiple of them...

August 13, 2021
August 13, 2021

Column by Mahfuz Anam: ‘Decision games’ that we play with our people

If the section of the government dealing with the overall management of the Covid situation continuously flip-flops on its decisions, then doesn’t the image of the government suffer?

June 11, 2021
June 11, 2021

Column by Mahfuz Anam: Pandemic’s biggest lesson -- restructure health sector to handle current, future pandemics

Simplistically put, it is a “procedure vs patient” issue—meaning a “bureaucracy vs ultimate beneficiary” tussle. We, of course, need procedures to work within, otherwise systems would collapse.

May 28, 2021
May 28, 2021

Column by Mahfuz Anam: At every step, they are exploited, mistreated and humiliated

Expatriate workers are our goose of Aesop’s Fables that lays the golden eggs.

May 20, 2021
May 20, 2021

News Analysis: Health ministry’s ad and freedom of press

It is not often that the government spends public money (does it have the right to do so?) to vilify a senior journalist who has established her credentials as a bold, effective and highly...

May 19, 2021
May 19, 2021

Commentary by Mahfuz Anam: Why should she be in jail for 3 days?

For what crime Rozina Islam, a senior correspondent of Prothom Alo, a renowned journalist, highly respected among her peers and known for her bold and insightful reporting, is going to be in jail...

May 7, 2021
May 7, 2021

Column by Mahfuz Anam: We used to have such elections, once

About the just-concluded West Bengal assembly elections, there are three things to celebrate and one to be worried about.

April 30, 2021
April 30, 2021

Column by Mahfuz Anam: No Scope for Complacency

When Bangladesh was first hit by Covid-19 in March/April last year, we all thought that we would be seeing the end of it soon, at most by the year’s end.

April 23, 2021
April 23, 2021

Column by Mahfuz Anam: A story of two police killings and different accountability systems

In this column and through our reports, commentaries and editorials, we have repeatedly stressed the need for accountability of all public institutions run by taxpayers’ money. Of them, the...