Opinion

December 30, 2019
December 30, 2019

A Year of Paradoxes

The most appropriate description of the year 2019, particularly of Bangladeshi politics, is perhaps a dialogue in Act 3, Scene 4, of the Twelfth Night of William Shakespeare: “If this were play’d upon a stage now, I could condemn it as an improbable fiction.”

December 1, 2019
December 1, 2019

Two contexts of influx from India

The influx of people from India crossing the borders to Bangladesh in the past weeks warrants the attention of Bangladeshi policymakers. Unfortunately, the foreign minister’s recent statement that

September 8, 2019
September 8, 2019

NRC in Assam: What Happened? What’s Next?

The bizarre phenomenon called updating the National Registry of Citizens (NRC) in Assam, completed under the auspices of the Indian central government with direct supervision of the Indian Supreme Court, which made 1.9 million people stateless citizens,

August 16, 2019
August 16, 2019

Revoking Article 370: Why now?

More than a week has passed since Articles 370 and 35A of the Indian constitution have been scrapped by the Narendra Modi-led BJP government.

July 5, 2019
July 5, 2019

Rahul Gandhi’s resignation: Three inconvenient issues

The public announce-ment of the resignation of Rahul Gandhi as president of the Indian National Congress on Wednesday was surprising and expected, at once.

June 2, 2019
June 2, 2019

Impeaching Trump: ‘To be or not to be?’

The opening phrase of a soliloquy uttered by Prince Hamlet in Act 3, Scene 1 of the play Hamlet—“To be or not to be?”—was about life and death, not about politics; yet perhaps this aptly captures the current US political scene. Facing a decision of great significance, the Democratic Party leaders of the House of Representatives seem to be in the same quandary.

April 23, 2019
April 23, 2019

New wave of radicalisation or taking advantage of the trust deficit?

The wave of terrorist attacks in Sri Lankan churches and hotels frequented by foreigners, which killed at least 290 people and injured around 500, is astounding both in scale and sophistication in planning.

March 24, 2019
March 24, 2019

It is not the system but its misuse that is at fault

The idiomatic expression, “Don't throw the baby out with the bath water”, is not something we expect to use every day. The origin of it

March 13, 2019
March 13, 2019

DUCSU Election - Let us not become the ostrich

What happened in the Ducsu “election”—which was made into a farcical show by the Dhaka University authorities, including the Vice Chancellor and the teachers of the institution—requires no elaboration.

March 2, 2019
March 2, 2019

DNCC Election: The alternative facts and life imitating art

Oscar Wilde wrote in his 1889 essay “The Decay of Lying” that, “Life imitates Art far more than Art imitates Life.” Little did he know