Opinion

April 5, 2016
April 5, 2016

The Laws of Inertia

In 1988, Ershad's predictably dictator-esque declaration of a state religion led to the formation of the Committee to Resist Despotism

March 28, 2016
March 28, 2016

The Strongman returns

It should be no surprise to us that the political 'strongman' has resurged. The very word evokes images of a bare-bodied Vladimir...

March 13, 2016
March 13, 2016

The land of scared ideas

Sixty or seventy years back, higher education for the people of Bengal was a rare commodity. Racial and socioeconomic barriers held

March 2, 2016
March 2, 2016

A Democracy of Crisis

Psychologists have suggested that humans have a natural preference for negative news, the public experience of which they enjoy via mass media. The reason is not necessarily 'schadenfreude&...

February 3, 2016
February 3, 2016

Collateral of War and Peace

For Bangladesh's global image, January 2016 was not a good month. Allegations of sexual abuse by Bangladeshi peacekeepers

January 23, 2016
January 23, 2016

To burn a mockingbird

It was a windy August day, 1877 C.E. A young, darkish and mostly unimpressive youth was at Nulo Gopal's door...

January 16, 2016
January 16, 2016

Bangladesh at Bloggerheads

Like many Bangladeshis, I started concentrating on and paying closer attention to blogging from 2013. February 2013, to be precise.

January 1, 2016
January 1, 2016

A narrow spectrum of debate

Sometimes it seems that Bangladeshis have been debating the same thing over and over again, failing to reach any consensus and only

December 1, 2015
December 1, 2015

The Grand Theatre of War

World War I was once thought of as 'the War to End All Wars'. But the hypothesis that “violence can be extinguished with greater violence” has since been thoroughly disproved and should...

November 23, 2015
November 23, 2015

The War on Abstract Notions

Wars on abstract concepts (e.g. terror, freethinking) are dangerous because they can be aimed at virtually anyone and can be invoked to launch every missile and curtail every freedom.