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  • 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

  • A case of overkill

    The Awami League and partners led by Sheikh Hasina won a stunning victory in the 11th parliamentary election on December 30 bagging over 95 percent of the seats. Is it a victory for the people also? If not, can it still be turned into a people's victory?

  • AL's historic third term

    Awami League is poised for a third consecutive term in power, which is unprecedented in Bangladesh's history. The country went to the polls yesterday after ten years of wait for a participatory election, and the AL achieved a landslide victory.

  • Road to the 11th Parliamentary Election

    On December 7, 1970, after 23 years of existence, Pakistan witnessed its first general election. People from West and the then East Pakistan voted in 300 parliamentary constituencies to elect members of the National Assembly of Pakistan. The outcome of the election was a landslide win by the Awami League, which won 160 seats in the National Assembly.

  • A citizen's 'manifesto' on the Election Day

    Two parties have ruled Bangladesh for most of its 47-year-old life since the independence and one of these parties will form the

  • Relationship between MPs and local public representatives

    When it comes to winning support, politicians are selective about how they represent themselves, their views or decisions, their projects or policies, and their opponents, supporters or alliances. Politicians in Bangladesh claim to represent multiple, changeable and complex interests but what does that mean in practice? Let us hear the experiences of some ordinary citizens in different constituencies in this regard.

  • What this election means for young voters

    Contrary to popular belief that our young generation is indifferent about politics, our universities, colleges and even schoolgoing children have proved in the recent past that they are not only politically conscious but also willing to play their part when it's time. This was proved during the recent quota reform movement as well as the road safety movement.

  • Unjustified restrictions on media and observers

    A number of extraordi-nary restrictions have been placed on journalists by the Election Commission ahead of Election Day and the extent to which the media can cover the election on December 30 remains unclear.

  • 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.

  • The myth of the 'level playing field'

    Rural Sylhet on a damp winter's night presents a most forbidding scene. The Stygian darkness is pierced only by the dim light of the lantern of a roadside stall in the far distance.

  • Poll Violence: Who will bell the cat?

    Since the campaign season for this month's election began on December 10, news headlines were dominated by violent clashes in

  • The struggle to restore our values

    The 2018 election is not just about changing a set of policymakers: It is a possible turning point in the struggle to restore our core values.

  • Our constitution and the goals of independence

    The Constitution which we adopted on November 4, 1972 and which came into force on December 16, 1972 is unquestionably the outcome of our victory in the Liberation War, won at the cost of countless lives. It bears the signatures of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, Syed Nazrul Islam and Tajuddin Ahmad.

  • The ex-factor in Bangladesh's politics

    There is no last word in politics. Politicians are rarely the ones to acknowledge this truth about their vocation and rarely, if at all, are they in the habit of being candid about it.

  • Bangladesh - 47th Anniversary of Victory

    We are celebrating the 47th anniversary of our independence today. Our independence was won through the sacrifices of countless lives and untold sufferings.

  • Protecting our rights and freedoms

    The people of Bangladesh recognise that their basic rights and freedoms—the very things people fought for during the independence struggle—are now being threatened by the powers that be.

  • Bijoy 1971: The story of agony and ecstasy

    It was one of those hot and humid July days in Dhaka. The year was 1971 and I was only 19. Dhaka was no longer a city of delight since the war of liberation against Pakistan had begun.

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