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  • An original sin

    A recent report by a UN-affiliated group refuels the long-standing debate over reparations for African-Americans. The group of

  • Syed Shamsul Haq

    A mother and son reunion

    Syed Shamsul Haq walked taller than many of us. That's because he left no room in his heart for anything but the old verities of the heart, the old universal truths lacking which any work of art is ephemeral and doomed.

  • Voices from a small town

    Voices from a small town

    The building that houses the Jessore Shahittyo Parishad is not much to look at. From its appearance, it's difficult to get a measure of the impact it made in its heyday.

  • people of Taragonj

    The power of imagination

    When the day is long and the night is yours alone, when you have decided you have had enough, hang on. Inspiration will come from the most unexpected sources, like two public servants, one civil, the other military. They both radiate an inner light, a generosity of spirit, a depth of character which I have not achieved. That's something to work on before I say enough.

  • Corruption

    Corruption: Nature of the disease

    Countries that have managed to keep corruption, embezzlement and fraud under control have done so by adopting a three-pronged approach: the lawyer's approach, the economist's approach and the businessman's approach. It is the first - tougher new laws and tougher enforcement of existing laws - that is usually the topic of discussion in the media and other circles.

  • Children in war

    Children in war

    War remains the decisive human failure of which children are the worst victims. That was my first reaction when I saw the photo of

  • University without a campus

    University without a campus

    Since July 1, private universities of the country have been in the spotlight and mostly for wrong reasons. In the cacophony of arguments for and against them, an important fact seems to have been lost. A lot of them do not have a campus.


    The turbulence following the July 8 killing of Burhan Wani by Indian security forces is a blow to peace in the long-troubled region claimed by both India and Pakistan, where an insurgency movement peaked in the 1990s, then dwindled, but never completely melted away. Can deep loss, once it finds utterance, be silenced through the barrel of a gun?

  • Making character palatable again

    It is baffling that physical courage is so common in the world and moral courage so rare. It is hard to find people whose manner is infused with kindness, humility and integrity, in other words, character. The issue is relevant because it is timeless.

  • Thought Control

    “Patriotism” and “national unity” trumped truth. The line between propaganda and journalism was forgotten.