Tariq Karim

THE ICONOCLAST FILES

Tariq Karim, a former career diplomat and academic, is currently Visiting Fellow at BRAC University.

March 17, 2020
March 17, 2020

Bangabandhu and his timeless exhortations to the nation

One cannot conceive of India emerging as an independent, modern nation-state without the leadership of Gandhi,

March 1, 2020
March 1, 2020

The concept of sovereignty and internal affairs of state

When political events in the domestic sphere of a state transcend the internal space of that state, through a process of empathetic osmosis, and impacts negatively upon the domestic political and governance harmony of one or more neighbouring states around or adjacent to it,

February 12, 2020
February 12, 2020

The crying need for collaborative management of our waterbodies

At the very core of our entire ecosystem is the location and availability of fresh water on which lives and human livelihood are fundamentally dependent.

December 4, 2019
December 4, 2019

Bangladesh-India Relations: A Tangled Skein

India’s biggest challenge when dealing with its immediate neighbours is, first and foremost, the sense of its sheer size that dwarfs the combined size of all the others.

October 20, 2018
October 20, 2018

Addressing the critical challenge to our water security

At the very core of our entire ecosystem is the location and availability of fresh water on which sustaining lives and human livelihood are fundamentally dependent.

October 8, 2018
October 8, 2018

Reviving the Bengal Presidency template of connectivity

The historical-civilisational Indian sub-continent, now known as “South Asia”, was for millennia the most integrated region in the world.

August 2, 2018
August 2, 2018

Addressing the problem of trash and plastic waste

Our attitude to garbage disposal and plastic waste is flagrantly callous. What is particularly eye-soring is the mass of plastic waste of all types, ubiquitously filling up unending stretches of areas beside roads, railway lines, all conceivable nooks and crannies between buildings/shanties and, most egregious of all, as flotsam floating listlessly on all types of water bodies that have still managed to escape attention of insatiable land-developers.

July 18, 2018
July 18, 2018

Whence comes our culture of impunity?

These days, I assail myself with questions triggered by the everyday acts of thoughtlessness that I witness committed by the multitude around me everywhere, young and old, male and female.

July 9, 2018
July 9, 2018

Ghost of a colonial past

Practically all the institutions of our state are institutions that we have inherited from our about-200-years of British colonial rule. Pax Britannica was intentionally designed to be of everlasting nature. In imperial Britain's imagination, the sun would never set on the British Empire.

July 7, 2018
July 7, 2018

Rising above the sea of "yes-men"

In Shakespeare's great tragedy King Lear, a powerful man comes to a tragic end because he surrounds himself with flatterers and banishes the friends “who will not varnish the truth to please him.”