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  • Consequences of reducing the main opposition to naught

    More than a decade ago in July 2010, I wrote an article titled “When state is the cause of its own insecurity”.

  • India’s message on border killings is loud and clear: Like it or lump it!

    There were two senior-level meetings between Bangladesh and India so far in 2021.

  • Mushtaq: DSA’s First ‘Martyr’

    On February 25, the most reviled and draconian Digital Security Act (DSA) claimed its first victim, and gave the nation its first Digital Security Act “martyr”.

  • 12th Anniversary of BDR Massacre: Delving into the probe report

    It has been twelve years since the day 57 brilliant army officers were brutally killed by the BDR mutineers.

  • Need for a strong and effective opposition

    I believe that every statement of a prime minister contains substance and carries weight, more so when it has to do with politics and the opposition.

  • Myanmar Back to Square One

    The five-year ride on the tiger by Aung San Suu Kyi is over. She is back to where she had been used to living during the greater part of her political career (except for a brief interregnum of pseudo-democracy): behind bars.

  • America under siege from within!

    Finally President Trump has accepted the inevitable, but not before wreaking havoc, as we had predicted he would four years ago, both at home and abroad.

  • Bangladesh-India border relations fifty years on

    Two important Bangladesh-India meetings at the national level took place in the last month of 2020.

  • The Hasina–Modi December summit

    We are on the cusp of our 50th anniversary. Come March 26, 2021, it will be 50 years since Bangladesh had declared its Independence.

  • A sad day for RAOWA

    The Department of Social Welfare (DSW) vide their letter of December 14, 2020, “temporarily dismissed” the Executive Committee (EC) of the Retired Armed Forces Officers’ Welfare Association (RAOWA) and replaced it with a five member committee consisting of two serving army officers—a Brigadier and Major respectively, a retired member of RAOWA of the rank of Major, and two civil cadre officers of the rank of Deputy Secretary.

  • Why can’t Iran have its own Samson Option?

    It is now officially known that Israel carried out the targeted killing of Iran’s top nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh.

  • A tale of two elections

    Gokahle’s tribute, “What Bengal thinks today, India will think tomorrow”, reflected the leading role that Bengal was taking in the anti-British movement.

  • Yasser Arafat: Modern era’s Saladin

    The west saw him as a terrorist; to the rest of the world he was an intrepid warrior trying relentlessly to right the wrong his nation was done in 1948.

  • Can Biden restore America’s lost soul?

    The 2020 US Presidential election has been perhaps the most closely contested election that came down to the wire.

  • BECA, the Indo-Pacific bandwagon and Bangladesh

    Lenin once said that “there are decades where nothing happens and weeks where decades happen.

  • Caught between the humble onion and regal Hilsa

    I’m told that there is only one vegetable that can make people cry. And this tubular vegetable is making almost an entire nation cry, except those unscrupulous traders who shut the doors of their godowns as soon as India announced a moratorium on the export of onions.

  • What is the health of our Republic?

    It is just as well that we are kept reminding by the UN on this very day since 2007 of the values of democracy and its importance in our life through the observance of the International Day of Democracy.

  • How goes the Sinha killing inquiry?

    One would like to know more than what one has come by so far about the killing of Major Sinha. There were two ongoing investigations of the murder—a rare thing—and the report from one, instituted by the home ministry, has been submitted. Usually, one would hear very little of a criminal investigation till the framing of charges.

  • The ‘legacy’ of crossfire

    Bangladesh has inherited many legacies by virtue of its long history as a constituent of a larger geographical entity, of which it was a part till not very long ago.

  • Who will guard the guards?

    There is a common refrain amongst the public circle whether things would have moved with the speed that it has in the case of Major Sinha, were it not for the fact that he was a military officer.

  • The “Frankenstein” and the new world order

    It is not often that one hears the putative lone superpower ruefully ventilating its frustrations in public.

  • Major Sinha

    I weep for Sinha

    Perhaps this was one murder too many by the police. Sinha’s is yet another name added to the long list of victims of the law enforcing agencies, killed in gross violation of all norms of law.

  • There is indeed something ‘rotten in the state of Denmark’

    We knew that our system was plagued with moral and systemic corruption, but we couldn’t imagine that it was this bad, and were it not for Covid-19, much of the muck that has surfaced in the last four months might have remained under the surface.

  • Most people like Regent’s chairman are always safe

    “Don’t worry, I’m safe where I am now!” The scamster had thus assured his wife after multiple fraudulent acts committed by him were exposed by the media, and he found himself a wanted man under the law—the law that he has been violating with reckless abandon as a pretender claiming an ambidextrous competence.

  • Politics, geopolitics and the economics of the pandemic and human security

    No pandemic has had such severe global impact, both in terms of its global reach and the related consequences, as has Covid-19. Records show that major pandemics have occurred at a hundred year interval, if we consider the last half the millennium, e.g., the cholera epidemic which originated in India and spread up to China by 1920, lasted seven years.

  • The Upside of a Crisis

    “When written in Chinese, the word ‘crisis’ is composed of two characters: one represents danger, and the other represents opportunity.”

  • Covid-19 and its aftermath: A national council is imperative

    Much has happened between the time the virus struck in Wuhan in December 2019 and now. By the time this piece appears in print more than a million and a half people around the world in more than 200 countries will have been affected and nearly a hundred thousand will have succumbed to the virus.

  • We have enough to destroy but not enough to save lives

    The COVID-19 pandemic has once again exposed our soft underbelly, particularly of the richest and the most militarily powerful countries in the world.

  • Student politics and Ducsu: O tempora o mores!

    It is not hard to detect the deep sense of remorse in the writer of the article, “Incubator of democracy or lessons to subvert it?”

  • The battle for India’s soul

    It couldn’t have been less propitious a time for US President Donald Trump to arrive in Delhi on the final leg of his 36-hour visit to India. Some parts of Delhi were burning as riots broke out in northeast Delhi.

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