Opinion

February 25, 2019
February 25, 2019

Politics Gone Missing

Politics have gone missing from Bangladesh. This may sound naïve, considering that the country had a national election less than two months ago and several elections are upcoming.

December 29, 2018
December 29, 2018

What kind of an election will it be?

In the next 24 hours Bangladesh will have a national election. The question is what kind of an election will it be? It has already become unprecedented on many counts: the incumbent is seeking a third term, an election is being held under an incumbent government which is being participated in

December 12, 2018
December 12, 2018

Routine gesture or is there more to it?

The statement of the heads of the diplomatic missions of the European Union, Norway and Sweden in Dhaka on Monday calling to “ensure a genuine, credible, inclusive and transparent electoral process” in the upcoming parliamentary election warrants our attention.

November 6, 2018
November 6, 2018

Trivialisation of the dialogue is not the way to go

As the much discussed “dialogue” between the prime minister and the 14-party alliance members on the one side and the opposition parties is proceeding, many are pondering whether the political situation has changed.

October 25, 2018
October 25, 2018

An Unavoidable Question

Barring any dramatic shift in the current political situation or unforeseen circumstances, the 11th parliamentary elections are to be held no later than January 28, 2019. It is against this background that the final session of the 10th parliament has commenced on Sunday.

September 15, 2018
September 15, 2018

Democracy In Crisis: What we know and what we don't

That democratic values and democratic institutions are in crisis all around the world is no longer a revelation; casual observation of the current global scene is enough to bear this out.

September 2, 2018
September 2, 2018

EVM: A Pointless Debate

The Bangladesh Election Commission (BEC) has successfully prompted an unnecessary debate just four months ahead of the national

August 26, 2018
August 26, 2018

Unmaking a 'lost generation'

The dire warning of Unicef about the Rohingya children refugees in the camps in Bangladesh that they may become a “lost generation” warrants urgent and serious attention of the Bangladeshi policymakers and world leaders.

August 7, 2018
August 7, 2018

Will Myanmar fool the international community?

Two recent developments have once again raised questions about the role of the international community with regard to the Rohingya refugee crisis.

July 1, 2018
July 1, 2018

COUNTER-TERRORISM STRATEGY: An Alternative Proposal

Although the concept of confront-terrorism and related strategies have a long global history, the attack at the Holey Artisan Café on July 1, 2016 made counter-terrorism (CT) a topic of public discourse in Bangladesh.