Mohammad Badrul Ahsan

CROSS TALK

Editor, First News and opinion writer for The Daily Star badrul151@yahoo.com

January 13, 2017
January 13, 2017

When ignorance is the pillar of knowledge

The recent textbook fiasco has been a textbook case of how a dot becomes a circle. First we ignored the quality of teachers. Then we

January 6, 2017
January 6, 2017

To live and die in surrogate democracies

Russian leaders Vladimir Lenin and Joseph Stalin, in their spare time, used to make fun of Western sympathisers who blindly supported them.

December 30, 2016
December 30, 2016

New Year revelry and our declining chivalry

As we stand on the cusp of another new year, many of us are preparing for the revelry of a boisterous night. Private clubs and posh

December 23, 2016
December 23, 2016

Aleppo burning today, whose city is next?

Aleppo is now more than a historic city; it's the boiling point of mankind where human lives are changing into vapour. In this nether region, the forces of evil have come together.

December 16, 2016
December 16, 2016

The joy of victory and many defeats

Industry standards dictate that a flaw in the mirror is acceptable if you can't see it from a distance of ten feet. What's that significant distance for our history? How far back should we stand so that we don't see those flaws, which have divided this nation? At what distance could we tell if the distortions we see in the mirror are nothing but deformities of our own? How many more years should it take before we know which to blame between history and our very own histrionics?

December 9, 2016
December 9, 2016

Why child marriage is good for neither

There is nothing more deceptive than an obvious fact,” writes Arthur Conan Doyle in The Boscombe Valley Mystery.

December 2, 2016
December 2, 2016

Fidel Castro: The revolutionary outlived his revolution

A tyrant to some and a liberator to others, Fidel Castro of Cuba died on November 25, a decade shy of a century.

November 25, 2016
November 25, 2016

Two sides of the reversible popular choice

Thirty years after his death in Hawaii, ousted Philippine dictator Ferdinand Marcos got a hero's burial in Manila last Friday.

November 18, 2016
November 18, 2016

Let's not blame it on bigotry alone

If premeditated murders aren't accidental deaths, and if planned meetings aren't chance encounters, then the attacks on the minorities in Gobindaganj, Nasirnagar and Ramu aren't hate crimes.

November 11, 2016
November 11, 2016

Donald Trump's victory is a dent in democracy

As much as the world has been shocked by the election of Donald Trump as the 45th president of the United States of America, an aftershock of that earthquake is beginning to set in as we ask ourselves what happened to the hordes of pollsters, analysts and pundits who had predicted otherwise.