• Republics under threat, globally

    Even the most powerful democracy in the world, whose values had instigated coining of the term “American Exceptionalism” exemplified by the ideals of individual rights and freedom in America, is witnessing a sort of redux of absolutism forcing many to query whether we are seeing the beginning of the end of democracy in that country.

  • ERSHAD: A mixed legacy

    There are certainly many better persons than I who can assess former President HM Ershad more insightfully and, perhaps, more eloquently.

  • US-Iran: It is for US to halt the negative spiral

    One was willing to credit Trump with some degree of sanity when he rescinded the order to retaliate with force against Iran, till he chose to go for new sanctions.

  • Modi’s victory: A win for far-right Hinduism

    Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has returned to power with a renewed mandate, with more seats and even more percentage of votes. Apparently, Modi’s policies have gone down well with the public as the margin of win on both the counts of number of seats and percentage of votes received, which rose by nearly 33 percent compared to 2014, shows. So, what does another five years of BJP mean for the internal politics of India and its external relationship with its neighbours and the rest of the world?

  • Will the hawks in Washington win?

    It is very apparent that President Trump is blowing hot and cold in the same breath on Iran. While one moment it seems that he has climbed down from his high horse on the Iran issue, the next moment he threatens Iran with dire consequences. His confusing stance indicates an ambiguous mind, his actions not a product of rational process of thought but of a mind pulverised by arrogance and clogged by preconceived notions about international issues, particularly Iran and the Middle East.

  • Jatiya Sangsad

    BNP's hard choice: To join or not to join?

    Understandably, the local leaders of the BNP are finding themselves in Hamlet's shoes having to decide on the next course of action as regards the five of its party men who created a unique record of getting elected, i.e. to join or not to join the parliament?

  • Home Minister, Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal

    Caught between 'crossfire' and 'self-defence'

    The greatest gift that a government can earn for itself is the trust of the general public. And the best way to do so is to be transparent on matters of grave public concern and come clean on any policy failures.

  • press freedom

    Surrender of the fourth estate?

    The media has been looked at both with derision and awe for its capacity to influence the public mind and hold the authority to account. It has also been accused of “misinforming” the public and overplaying its role.

  • Can citizens' expectations from the police be met?

    It was absorbing to read the very insightful article by an esteemed columnist of this newspaper entitled, “A citizen's expectations from the police.”

  • Education doesn't make girls 'disobedient'

    There are many reasons that have been offered from time to time and over the ages by a section of the Muslim clergy to keep women ensconced within the four walls of the house, but never has one heard such a comment that girls should not go to school because doing so would make them “disobedient”. This comment was uttered by the head of Hefazat-e-Islam (HI), a person who is known to be well-versed in various aspects of Islam. And that is what makes the statement all the more surprising.

  • Boycotting parliament is not the answer

    Despite all the shenanigans that had been resorted to, to win the election, we will have a new parliament for another five years.

  • It may amount to a pyrrhic victory

    I had concluded my previous column with the assessment that the Awami League would in no way countenance a situation where the BNP secured the second highest number of seats so that it could not lay claim to being the opposition in the parliament.

  • The field is as level as the Martian surface

    There is only one political party in the country that understands and indulges in professional politics. It can think and plan ahead to achieve a predetermined objective (perpetuation of power).

  • When tamarind tastes sweet

    Religion-based parties have a canny method of making political space for themselves and becoming a part of the mainstream political system eventually.

  • Free the transport sector from the vices of the most powerful syndicate

    Our trans-port sector can never become what it really is supposed to be—an important people-friendly service provider. That is unless the sector is freed of the political grip influencing, running and shielding it. And that, perhaps, is a tall order.

  • Bangladesh Government give out Mother of Humanity social welfare award in every year

    It is better to talk to each other than at each other

    Nelson Mandela had once said that dialogue is the most powerful weapon at one's disposal. Yet it is surprising to see how often we have abjured the path of discourse and allowed short-sightedness to influence our decisions.

  • The EC should be beholden to the people only

    Clearly, there is an absence of sync in the EC, and a palatable lack of internal organisation. Firstly, it seemed unnecessarily evasive about the date of the election.

  • One can't choose one's neighbours

    “We make our friends; we make our enemies; but God makes our next-door neighbour.”

  • Can the government afford another 5th January?

    On the face of it everything looks set for the upcoming general election. The quinquennial event, which is sometimes a put-on to remind us that we are living under a democratic dispensation, is likely to be held at the end of December.

  • In the land of the 'diamond king'

    One of the benefits of living in this beautiful land of ours is that one often gets transported, in one's fancy, to the land of the diamond king, or like Alice, to Wonderland.

  • Denial Is Not The End Of Responsibility Between policing and serving

    The law enforcing agencies have a lot to answer for the incidences of abduction and disappearances, a phenomenon that has assumed alarming regularity. Reportedly, there are over 300 victims of enforced disappearances who remain traceless. Predictably, the families point fingers at the law enforcing agencies—the manner in which they were picked up, as described by the families, leaves very little to the imagination as to the likely identity of the abductors.

  • Will we ever see through Myanmar's ploy?

    With every passing day we come by newer reports of the nature of barbarity that the Rohingyas in Rakhine have had to endure.

  • Is another Rohingya-like crisis looming for Bangladesh?

    “As in so many other developing societies of South Asia, in Assam too, myths and dogma take root, develop their own reality, and begin to dictate political debate unchallenged by the mainstream media, academia or larger intelligentsia.

  • BCL attack on safe road demand protester

    Violence is not the answer

    We have witnessed the most unprecedented things in the method that the government has employed to suppress the demand for safe roads, a demand not only of the students who have been out on the streets for the last seven days but a common call.

  • Pakistan out of the binary bind

    This was the second consecutive election in Pakistan held following the completion of full tenure of the incumbent government, but Nawaz Sharif added his name, once again, to the ingloriously long list of prime ministers not to have completed his or her full term in office.

  • Immigrants don't change culture but they surely can win you the World Cup

    If there was any doubt about President Trump's racist inclinations, it was fully removed by his pontification to the European leaders about, what he thinks, the negative consequences of immigration on Europe.

  • Quota reform movement leader Faruk Hassan

    Hear no evil, see no evil, speak no evil… but do some good, at least!

    The police handling of the entire anti-quota episode so far reminds me of the pictorial idiom that one finds displayed in many public places in China and Japan, in particular in the form of three primates popularly known as the thinking sages or the wise apes, each covering three of the five main sensory organs.

  • Is there nobody to say enough is enough?

    It is a pity that a student organisation with a long democratic tradition has come to be seen as a synonym for violence, tender-grabbing, extortion and such like culpable acts.

  • Some are more equal than others in Bangladesh

    “An earthquake achieves what the law promises but does not in practice maintain—the equality of all men.”

  • To win election, seek only people's endorsement

    When we are told by our leaders that democracy is in firm ground, maybe a dispassionate look at the matter is in order. The best that one can describe the prevailing democracy is by labelling it as a command democracy displaying monocratic tendencies. It would be hard also to disagree with anyone who chooses to define the present system as one run by a single party.