Mahfuz Anam

THE THIRD VIEW

Editor and publisher, The Daily Star

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...

April 16, 2021
April 16, 2021

Column by Mahfuz Anam: Pay the highest respect to Bangabandhu, but don’t forget others

I remember the first time when, in utter horror, we heard the news of the assassination of Bangabandhu along with his whole family, save the two daughters.

April 14, 2021
April 14, 2021

Celebrating another unusual Baishakh

As we approach yet another Pahela Baishakh celebration, the world around us is still reeling from the effects of a pandemic — a struggling health sector, a weakened economy,

April 9, 2021
April 9, 2021

Column by Mahfuz Anam: Lockdown chaos -- is it because we don’t value human lives?

Here we were, sailing quite smoothly after the first wave of the pandemic and congratulating ourselves for having “handled” it well. Even the WHO paid us compliments. But suddenly, within a few...

April 2, 2021
April 2, 2021

Column by Mahfuz Anam: The trouble with our only other neighbour

Myanmar is our only other neighbour, with India being the overwhelming first. To the credit of our policymakers, we have tried our best to maintain good relations with Myanmar notwithstanding their...

March 31, 2021
March 31, 2021

Commentary by Mahfuz Anam: A wake-up call for AL, for us all

The ostensible reason for the recent protests was Indian PM Narendra Modi’s latest visit. The real reason was to signal that Hefajat-e-Islam (HI) under its new leadership was not the same party as...

March 26, 2021
March 26, 2021

Column by Mahfuz Anam: Celebrating our ‘activist museum’

It was extremely bold as a vision, highly ambitious as a project, without parallel in scope, crucial in terms of fulfilling a need, exemplary in its execution and unprecedented as a private project...

March 19, 2021
March 19, 2021

Column by Mahfuz Anam: What got us here will not take us there

My generation and others close to it formed the bulk of the Mukti Bahini in 1971. The majority of Dhaka University students of the time were an integral part of it, as it was my distinct privilege.

March 12, 2021
March 12, 2021

Column by Mahfuz Anam: A self-defeating obsession with ‘image’

At 50, it’s time we acted in a manner that reflects a confident country, not one that is nervous and insecure fearing that the slightest criticism will cause us harm.

March 9, 2021
March 9, 2021

Commentary by Mahfuz Anam: An appeal to the chief justice

In Bangladesh, when we think, talk and seek justice, we think of the courts. And that is how it should be. Among the courts, the higher we go -- meaning the High Court, the Appellate Division --...