Opinion

January 13, 2019
January 13, 2019

Hefazat leader's plea: More than just a statement

Shah Ahmed Shafi, head of the Hefazat-e-Islam (HI), is in the news again. In a sermon delivered to the parents of the Darul-Ulum

January 3, 2019
January 3, 2019

'Strengthening democratic norms and culture is of vital importance'

Prof Syed Manzoorul Islam, retired professor of Dhaka University, who currently teaches at ULAB, shares his impressions about the election with The Daily Star's Aasha Mehreen Amin.

December 26, 2018
December 26, 2018

What do the manifestos contain?

Barring any last-minute glitch, in less than a week the nation goes to the polls. As an integral part of the electoral process political parties and alliances that entered the foray have issued their manifestos.

December 23, 2018
December 23, 2018

Manifestos in the era of alt-facts—the case of education

In his famous novel, Love in the Time of Cholera, Gabriel García Márquez, the Nobel Prize winning Colombian writer, writes about

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 27, 2018
November 27, 2018

Is housing for the urban poor a mere dream?

One of the most iconic public housing projects of the 20th-century was built in St Louis, Missouri, in the early 1950s, during a time of post-war optimism and construction boom in America. The Pruitt-Igoe housing project consisted of 33-housing blocks, each 11-storey high, and was arranged across a 57-acre site in the poverty-stricken DeSoto-Carr neighbourhood. Upon completion, the project was seen as an answer to the urgent problem of housing the urban poor.

November 26, 2018
November 26, 2018

Are enforcers of law and dispensers of justice beyond accountability?

Rule of law as a principle of governance involves that all persons, institutions and entities, public or private, including the state itself is

November 19, 2018
November 19, 2018

CNN vs Trump: Is there anything for us to learn?

A federal judge on Friday ordered the White House to reinstate the press credentials of CNN reporter Jim Acosta. His “pass” was revoked after a heated exchange with President Trump.

November 14, 2018
November 14, 2018

Do the bells toll for Rohingyas?

Mid-November has arrived and insecurity and uncertainty have descended over Rohingya refugees in Ukhia and Teknaf. The impending deadline has also elicited expressions of deep concern from UN independent experts and rights organisations.

November 12, 2018
November 12, 2018

‘No matter who wins the election, people will lose': In conversation with Prof Serajul Islam Choudhury

Eminent thinker and writer Professor Serajul Islam Choudhury, in this interview with Badiuzzaman Bay of The Daily Star, outlines his views about the current state of leftist politics, the upcoming election, and the future of politics and youth leadership in Bangladesh.