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  • The world’s most blighted minority

    As the plight of Myanmar’s Rohingya Muslim minority numbering nearly 1.2 million stranded in Bangladesh crosses the third painful year, one is reminded of the most blighted ethnic minority in Asia.

  • We must do more to deter custodial violence

    The conviction of three police officers working in one of the police stations of Dhaka metropolitan area for a custodial death that occurred years ago should be a shining example in an otherwise murky environment.

  • Policing the police

    Following the death of Major Sinha in circumstances indicative of collusive criminal behaviour of some apparently errant police personnel along with other delinquencies of lawmen elsewhere in the country, well-meaning citizens have expressed their apprehensions about control and accountability of our police or the lack of it.

  • How do we solve the image crisis for police?

    Reports in the print and electronic media indicate that the image of police in public eyes has been worryingly tainted following the death of Major Sinha under circumstances pointing to the criminal collusive actions of some errant policemen, in addition to other serious infractions of policemen elsewhere in the country.

  • Understanding the greatness of Bangabandhu

    While remembering the tragic incident of August 15 1975, we have to agree with the undeniable fact of history that Bangabandhu became a symbol in his own lifetime.

  • Major Sinha’s death and the culture of excessive force

    The untimely death of former Major Sinha Rashed Khan in hither to inadequately explained circumstances saddens the heart.

  • The contour of modern policing policy

    Police performance in Bangladesh in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic has surely been laudable as evidenced in public reactions and media reports.

  • How about a Hippocratic Oath in the police code of ethics?

    Any idea of incorporating a Hippocratic Oath in the police code of ethics might sound utopian or unusual at the least.

  • 71 years of Awami League

    The Awami League celebrates its 71st birth anniversary on June 23, 2020. Looking back, any ardent student of history would come face to face with the fact that the divisions that were to characterise the differing interests of the educated Muslims in the then East Bengal, began to manifest themselves in the penultimate years of British rule in India.

  • Police brutality: Understanding American policing

    Police brutality is no strange phenomenon to the American criminal law enforcement scenario. However, the happenings since George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis last month have demonstrated unusually deep anger and anguish, and protests continue.

  • A look back at the historic Six Point Movement

    On June 7, 1966, in the then East Pakistan, a special protest day was observed in support of the Six Point Movement. The government of General Ayub Khan moved to suppress it with force. Huge demonstrations were fired upon by police claiming a number of lives. Large scale arrests followed. It is time once again to gratefully recall those intrepid Bangali nationalists whose sacrifices expedited our defiant march to full independence a few years later.

  • Bangabandhu’s galvanising speech of March 7

    It is now an admitted fact that in the treasury of the world’s great speeches, the historic March 7 speech of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman occupies a special place of honour and prominence.

  • Why do we not trust the police?

    There is no denying that the present government has taken laudable steps by fulfilling a number of long-felt demands of the mainstream police.

  • A daunting investigation

    November 3 shall remain as one of the most ignominious day in the annals of Bangladesh’s political history because on this day in 1975, four national leaders, undoubtedly some of the brilliant minds in our body politic, were most brutally murdered while in custody.

  • Ominous attack in Bhola and the imperatives

    In this newspaper it has been editorially observed that “circumstantial evidences gathered so far leave no doubt in our mind that the Bhola incident did not happen, i

  • Flashes of good governance

    It is quite often that we are reminded of the pre-eminent virtues of good governance. Academics and practitioners of all categories have not missed any opportunity to apprise that all our efforts for socio-economic development will be set at naught if we cannot ensure good governance. As of now, experts are telling us that our ambitious and forward-looking budget will not bear the desired fruit if we cannot ensure propriety and discipline in the actual expenditure process.

  • The worrisome delinquency of law enforcement officials

    In recent times, offences and excesses committed by some police officials have become a matter of grave concern for the citizens as well as the controlling authorities.

  • The reasons behind police deviance

    An article titled, “The audacity to do what is right” (April 5, 2019), in this newspaper has implored the leaders of Bangladesh to help in the massive clean-up of the police force wherein “the biggest blemish on their image has been the blatant politicisation of the police by successive governments,

  • Police must follow the law before enforcing it

    The disgraceful spectacle of four law enforcement officials being apprehended for committing crimes like abduction, demanding ransom and rape have shaken public confidence to its core.

  • A citizen's expectations from the police

    As the Police Week 2019 commences today, it seems like an opportune moment to compile the thoughts of citizens on what they expect from their police force.

  • FM's call to generate revenue

    One can justifiably expect a lot from our newly inducted finance minister, for he is a chartered accountant by training, a seasoned politician with the experience of holding important public offices

  • Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in Bangladesh Police Week 2019

    Our expectations from the new leadership

    The prime minister's call to party-men and supporters to remain calm and exercise restraint after assuming office for the third consecutive term strikes well with the ethos of a responsible democratic polity.

  • What our 'political masters' need to realise

    The staggering number of nomination seekers, more than 4,000 for the 300 seats in the National Parliament, from the two major political parties that have ruled the country for the better part of our independent existence, gives rise to hope and concern.

  • What our intelligence imperatives should be

    This newspaper on July 9, 2011 editorially commented that when state agencies step out of their defined terms of reference, the resultant sociopolitical scenario becomes dismal.

  • The president's worries and our politics

    The president of Bangladesh, while addressing the 51st convocation of Dhaka University, has implored to leave politics to politicians.

  • Everyone has a role to play

    Memories of the recent past, of school children campaigning to bring sanity and discipline on our roads, particularly in the capital city, are still fresh in the public mind.

  • What lies behind police corruption

    The recently published Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) survey report 2017 says that law enforcement agencies were the most corrupt among 18 departments and sectors involved in providing services to households.

  • Bangabandhu's historic speech at the Racecourse on March 7

    What young Bangladeshis ought to know of Bangabandhu

    As the nation prepares to solemnly remember the gory happenings of August 15, 1975 when the emancipator of Bangalis was brutally assassinated along with most of his family members, it is only proper that the post-liberation generations, particularly the younger segment amongst them, get to know the real dimension of the towering Bangabandhu.

  • Why do we need an acceptable election?

    Readers may recall the very mischievously poignant slogan of deviant students of yesteryears who were bent upon adopting unfair means to pass public examinations.

  • 'Extra-judicial killings': Arbitrary as a process, random in its effects

    To this writer the expression “extra-judicial killing” is an apt illustration of the term “oxymoron”— that is, words put together which contradict each other. The expression has most likely been coined by journalists, and perhaps social scientists and rights activists, and curiously is not found in the legal lexicon. One could ask if there is actually anything like a judicial killing and if not, how could there be sense or meaning in the expression “extra-judicial killing”?

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