Mahfuz Anam | The Daily Star
  • Mahfuz Anam

    Mahfuz Anam

    Editor and publisher, The Daily Star

  • Commentary: One day does not an election make

    The much-awaited Gazipur city election is over, the “we-knew-it-from-before” polls results are upon us, the “impartiality” of the police and the “neutrality” of the civil administration have once again been demonstrated, the never-too-late-to-follow “certificate” of the Election Commission has been delivered and, of course, our democracy now stands “strengthened”.
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    Commentary: So what else are we going to rob?

    A new kind of robbery is wreaking havoc in some parts of our countryside. A robbery that forms a part of a far bigger picture of destruction of our ecology and thereby robbing our future generations of their chance to lead a healthy and prosperous life.

    The first day of the Bengali calendar is an occasion of festivity imbued with the spirit of unity among diversity. This is also a time to
  • Commemorative Commentary: Bangabandhu's finest hour

    It is this writer's view that the 7th March speech was Bangabandhu's finest hour. He stood far taller than ever before and with him we too stood tall as well, far taller than we could never imagine or even dream of till then.
  • Only a free media can ensure prosperity for Bangladesh

    I would like to say with the utmost earnestness that a prosperous Bangladesh needs a very vibrant, free media. A thriving Bangladesh needs journalism of the highest standard. It does not need restrictive laws like the proposed Digital Security Act. Instead, a buoyant Bangladesh needs a very competitive private sector, a highly disciplined banking sector and an accountable and transparent administration.