Opinion

March 26, 2021
March 26, 2021

Column by Mahfuz Anam: Celebrating our ‘activist museum’

It was extremely bold as a vision, highly ambitious as a project, without parallel in scope, crucial in terms of fulfilling a need, exemplary in its execution and unprecedented as a private project...

March 19, 2021
March 19, 2021

Column by Mahfuz Anam: What got us here will not take us there

My generation and others close to it formed the bulk of the Mukti Bahini in 1971. The majority of Dhaka University students of the time were an integral part of it, as it was my distinct privilege.

March 12, 2021
March 12, 2021

Column by Mahfuz Anam: A self-defeating obsession with ‘image’

At 50, it’s time we acted in a manner that reflects a confident country, not one that is nervous and insecure fearing that the slightest criticism will cause us harm.

March 5, 2021
March 5, 2021

Column by Mahfuz Anam: Why is personal freedom such a plaything of the law enforcers?

Isn’t personal freedom one of the most cherished and universally celebrated principles of our civilisation? Isn’t guaranteeing this freedom the most sacred task of a modern state?

February 26, 2021
February 26, 2021

Column by Mahfuz Anam: Restoring Jatiya Sangsad’s moral high ground

In the recent past, our honourable members of parliament have been known more for their legal actions against journalists—first under the ICT Act, then the Digital Security Act (DSA)—than for any...

February 19, 2021
February 19, 2021

Column by Mahfuz Anam: Some comments require clarification

We commend the army chief, General Aziz Ahmed, for having the moral courage and fulfilling his duty to explain to the public, through a press gathering, his own position regarding the recent media...

February 12, 2021
February 12, 2021

Column by Mahfuz Anam: Snapshots from the past, thoughts for the future

Thirty years ago, the coming together of a regionally famous editor and a near-novice at journalism along with some visionary investors—Azimur Rahman, AS Mahmud, Latifur Rahman, A. Rouf Chowdhury,...

February 5, 2021
February 5, 2021

Column by Mahfuz Anam: Al Jazeera story, government’s response and the state of our journalism

The Al Jazeera report on Bangladesh titled “All the Prime Minister’s Men”, aired early Tuesday morning, revealed some vulnerabilities of our power structure that pivots around connections, cronyism...

January 29, 2021
January 29, 2021

Column by Mahfuz Anam: A constable’s curiosity and a lucky mother

The happy ending of this story came about due to a mixture of pure chance and the laudable inquisitiveness of a Detective Branch (DB) police constable, Mahfizur Rahman.

January 22, 2021
January 22, 2021

Column by Mahfuz Anam: Democracy’s mistake, democracy corrects

Americans exercised their democratic right and elected Donald Trump as president in 2016. Four years later, they exercised the same right again and corrected what had turned out to be a disastrous...