3d ago| Opinion

Why is the dream for fair wage and work safety still so distant?

What are the risks associated with workers’ protests in modern-day Bangladesh? When workers take to the streets, what sort of treatment should they expect to receive?

5d ago| Opinion

Better late than never, but act now

The world should now be more aware of the likely Covid-19 devastation unless urgently checked. Last week, the World Health Organization (WHO) announced a USD 8 billion plan to quickly vaccinate...

5d ago| Opinion

Let our rural women rise and claim their rights

Out of a population of over 160 million in Bangladesh, approximately 107 million people live in rural areas. Of them, at least 50 million are women and girls.

3w ago| Opinion

Whither opposition unity in India?

About a fortnight ago, when senior Congress leader Salman Khurshid asserted that his party was still in the “best position” to clinch 120-130 seats in the next Lok Sabha elections in 2024, and...

4w ago| Opinion

Learning recovery is a long battle but we must keep at it

Education, if looked beyond its conventional boundaries, forms the very essence of all our actions.

4w ago| Opinion

The empty seats in our classrooms

After 543 days of school closure, one of the most protracted education gaps in the world that was caused by the Covid-19 pandemic,

October 18, 2021
October 18, 2021

Education is a powerful tool to protect our future

Climate change poses the biggest existential threat to humanity. As world leaders prepare to renew their pledge to combat the crisis amid increasingly frequent natural hazards and the raging...

October 18, 2021
October 18, 2021

Why is the dream for fair wage and work safety still so distant?

What are the risks associated with workers’ protests in modern-day Bangladesh? When workers take to the streets, what sort of treatment should they expect to receive?

October 18, 2021
October 18, 2021

Climate anxiety and the rights of future generations

I was around 10 when I first heard about the idea of, as it was then known, global warming and how Bangladesh will one day go underwater as sea levels rise.

October 16, 2021
October 16, 2021

Let our rural women rise and claim their rights

Out of a population of over 160 million in Bangladesh, approximately 107 million people live in rural areas. Of them, at least 50 million are women and girls.

October 16, 2021
October 16, 2021

Better late than never, but act now

The world should now be more aware of the likely Covid-19 devastation unless urgently checked. Last week, the World Health Organization (WHO) announced a USD 8 billion plan to quickly vaccinate...

October 13, 2021
October 13, 2021

All screen and no play?

We are all familiar with the sight by now: everyone in a family—adults, children, parents—sitting together, but each concentrating on their personal device, usually a smartphone or a tablet.

October 13, 2021
October 13, 2021

Can the regional be the national in Indian politics?

As India inches towards fresh general elections in 2024, there is a wind of change in the political landscape.

October 12, 2021
October 12, 2021

Reducing Middle East tensions can lessen sectarianism and open doors for women

Two separate developments involving improved relations between Sunni and Shia Muslims and women’s sporting rights demonstrate major shifts in how rivalry for the leadership of the Muslim world and...

October 12, 2021
October 12, 2021

Why Bangladesh should invest in artificial intelligence

In the 1970s, American sociologist and economic historian Immanuel Wallerstein (1930-2019) proposed an approach to view the global economic system as an interplay between three groups of countries:...

October 12, 2021
October 12, 2021

Will the tea workers get the wages they deserve?

An unthinkable and deplorable situation has risen out of the rigid position taken by the Minimum Wage Board (MWB) that was formed to fix the minimum wage for the hapless tea workers of Bangladesh.