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  • In Defence of Politics

    The word “politics” is much maligned and stigmatised. It suffers from a huge image problem both in the world as well as in Bangladesh.

  • The debate over Khaleda Zia’s parole

    Ever since the imprison-ment of BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia, her party has systematically demanded her release. Recently, a possibility for her “parole” has come up in discussion, even amongst the leading members of the ruling Awami League.

  • Manifestation of Apathy or De-facto Disenfranchisement?

    Amartya Sen characte-rised “argumen-tative Bengalis” also take avid interest in politics. In 2013 the Pew Research Center found that Bangladeshis are the most politically engaged nation. 65 percent of Bangladeshis were in the “high level” political participation category and a further 29 percent at “medium level”.

  • Disengaged voters in a declining democracy

    As Bangladesh celebrates the centennial birth anniversary of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman via the commemoration of 2020-2021 as the “Mujib Year”, it is important if not necessary for citizens to reflect on the symbolic achievements of Bangabandhu, in addition to partaking in celebratory events throughout the year.

  • Low turnout: the new normal?

    One question that I repeatedly faced in the last few days was: how were the elections of the two Dhaka city corporations?

  • Will the EC kindly answer?

    The Election Commission, particularly the CEC, has been repeatedly assuring us that the upcoming elections of the two Dhaka city corporations will be free and fair.

  • Parliamentarians’ assault on the rule of law

    In the annals of Bangladesh’s parliamentary history, January 14, 2020 has secured special significance.

  • NRC, CAA and Bangladesh

    Finally the tides of uncertainty and insecurity generated by the National Register of Citizens (NRC) and the Citizenship Amendment Act

  • 5 crude bombs blasted at DU campus, BNP office

    Five crude bombs are exploded on Dhaka University campus and in front of BNP’s central office in Nayapaltan of Dhaka.

  • Sheikh Hasina and Boris Johnson

    Hasina greets Johnson; seeks support for Rohingya repatriation

    Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina congratulates British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on the impressive victory of his Conservative Party in the national election of the United Kingdom.

  • Bangladesh and India

    Many in Bangladesh now see India validating two-nation theory and abjuring secularism

    Since Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s game-changing visit to India in January 2010, bilateral relations between the two countries have been reconfigured phenomenally, in qualitative and substantive terms.

  • Tajuddin Ahmad: A leader of incredible moral integrity and political acumen

    Tajuddin Ahmad, our nation’s first prime minister and founder of its government in exile, was mercilessly gunned down and bayoneted, in wrongful captivity, just after performing wudu, alongside his three Mujibnagar Government compatriots, Syed Nazrul Islam, Mansur Ali and AHM Qamruzzaman during the early hours of November 3, 1975.

  • The US presidential battle in 2020

    It is, when you think about it, a bit of a Faustian bargain for the Democrats. A few whiny Republican attempts notwithstanding, the Republican candidacy for the 2020 presidential elections is cast in stone, as it pretty much always is in the US when an incumbent is running for president.

  • The law of primogeniture and our political parties

    he passing away of General Ershad has brought into sharp focus the question of leadership succession in major political parties.

  • Minority congresswomen should apologise to America: Trump

    US President Donald Trump renews his attacks on four Democratic congresswomen he launched xenophobic tweets against, demanding they apologize "for the horrible (hateful) things they have said."

  • Ban on rickshaw: How logical is it?

    What is the most readily available transport in the megacity of Dhaka? Without batting an eye, anyone would say that it is the rickshaw.

  • Student wings of political parties: At what price?

    In April 2010, when the draft of the National Education Policy 2010 was under discussion, five of the most distinguished and respected academics of the country issued a joint statement titled “Banish mal-politics from the education sphere:

  • 18 reforms that will change Bangladesh

    During last year’s road safety movement, there was a demand raised by the student demonstrators that touched a chord with a wide cross-section of the population: “repair the state.” T

  • Modi-Priyanka duel: Anti-climax to a frenzied build-up

    The month-long feverish speculations about Congress Party General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra contesting against Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Varanasi parliamentary constituency has come to an anti-climactic end. Had it come about,

  • BJP banking on Bengal as Mamata eyes Delhi

    If West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee nurtures larger ambitions to play a much bigger role at the national level after the ongoing parliamentary elections that by most accounts will produce a hung verdict,

  • The burden of having eyes in a campus of the blind

    The burden of having eyes in a campus of the blind

    There have been some disconcerting developments at Dhaka University following the botched Ducsu election on March 11. The latest

  • And what it means for our student politics

    Death of the Ducsu Dream?

    The March 11 election to Ducsu, or Dhaka University Central Students' Union, marks a moment in the history of student politics that is

  • Ducsu dreams dashed: Another symptom of the disease

    What do you call those who just refuse to see the writing on the wall? Delusional fools or compulsive optimists? Perhaps we are a bit of both.

  • Make jute sector profitable: PM

    Announcing incentives for the private sector to boost production and export of jute and jute goods, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina calls upon all concerned to take effective steps for making the jute sector profitable to sustain the jute industry.

  • On Democratic Socialism

    On Democratic Socialism

    After the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, the 20th century's ideological contest seemed over. Capitalism had won and socialism

  • All cards laid on the table, what now for Dhaka North?

    One more day and it's election time for the northern part of the capital city. Residents of the Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) will choose their mayor for the second time in four years since the first mayoral election of a bifurcated Dhaka was held in 2015.

  • The irony of an appointment

    On February 18, while raising a supplementary question in parliament, Jatiya Party leader Fakhrul Imam offered a glimpse into two of

  • The burden of history and the role of intelligentsia

    Since the day of the 11th parliamentary election, the people of Bangladesh have seen the rise of two diametrically opposite discourses:

  • Closing the gender gap in women's political empowerment

    The World Economic Forum's “Global Gender Gap Report 2018”, published before the last general election in the country, has surprised many as it placed Bangladesh in the 5th position among 149 countries in terms of closing the gender gap in the sub-index “political empowerment”.

  • Four takeaways from the 2018 election

    The 11th parliamentary election of Bangladesh will go down in history as the election of simultaneously many firsts and many contrasts. Billed as the country's first “participatory” election in a decade, it gave the incumbent Awami League a landslide victory—and reduced its arch-rival BNP, once again, to irrelevance. While an Awami League win was largely

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