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  • 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.

  • Don’t take voters’ apathy lightly

    ndifference and apathy are even worse than hatred. And when those are directed to a system rather than an individual, it is dangerous and ominous, even more so when its significance is either not comprehended or disregarded wilfully.

  • A recipe for further conflict

    Like many of President Trump’s actions in the last three years, the recently rolled out “Deal of the Century” is a farce. The so-called peace plan was crafted by the President’s son-in-law over the last three years, drawn up without the participation of the only other stakeholder—the Palestinians.

  • Promises, promises and more promises

    The Dhaka city mayoral elections may be local but they nevertheless evince keen interest at the national level because of the symbolic value that the office of the mayors carry with them.

  • Iran Attack

    Trump may start a war with Iran but can he end it?

    Did Donald Trump really mean what he said—that it was to prevent war, and not make one, for which a top Iranian military commander was hit in Baghdad on his instructions?

  • Who will rid us of the syndicates?

    We are in the clutches of syndicates whose pernicious presence pervades almost every walk of our life.

  • The answer is blowing in the wind, my friend

    Readers might be wondering why I chose this line from the famous song immortalised by Bob Dylan and Joan Baez as the heading of this article.

  • One good turn deserves another

    I venture to pen my thoughts on an issue knowing fully well that a recent Facebook posting critical of the Indo-Bangladesh MoU which allows India to draw water from the Feni River to the tune of 1.82 cusec, cost the life of a Buet student at the hands of some reprobates belonging to the BCL cadre.

  • Casino Bengal and a deep-seated malignancy

    What we have wit-nessed over the last week, namely, the “discovery” of a large number of casinos, is another instance of the prevalent corruption in, and of, our society. While we have often heard the prime minister expressing her resolve to make the country

  • 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.

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