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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”.

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.

USA

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."

November 26, 2019
November 26, 2019

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.

November 3, 2019
November 3, 2019

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.

October 19, 2019
October 19, 2019

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.

September 13, 2019
September 13, 2019

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.

July 22, 2019
July 22, 2019
USA

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."

July 7, 2019
July 7, 2019

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.

June 17, 2019
June 17, 2019

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:

June 3, 2019
June 3, 2019

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

April 28, 2019
April 28, 2019

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,

April 18, 2019
April 18, 2019

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,