Iron grip of persecution, hunger and discrimination

Experts tell us that it should take another 150 to 170 years to close the gender pay gap around the world. Bad news for the mothers,

How can India win if Bangladesh does not?

Which between the two countries has gained more from Bangladesh prime minister's visit to India this month? The question appears no less intriguing than the long-standing debate over which came first between chicken and egg.

Lies make us blind in full sight

If an eye for an eye makes the whole world blind, what does a lie for a lie do to us?

To live and die in surrogate democracies

Russian leaders Vladimir Lenin and Joseph Stalin, in their spare time, used to make fun of Western sympathisers who blindly supported them.

New Year revelry and our declining chivalry

As we stand on the cusp of another new year, many of us are preparing for the revelry of a boisterous night. Private clubs and posh

Let's not blame it on bigotry alone

If premeditated murders aren't accidental deaths, and if planned meetings aren't chance encounters, then the attacks on the minorities in Gobindaganj, Nasirnagar and Ramu aren't hate crimes.

The critical connection between love and marriage

Fire leaves behind ashes, rain leaves behind stains, and wind leaves behind fallen leaves, but what does love leave in its wake? Some

Wrong side driving is wrong, even for ministers

The founder of Sikhism, Guru Nanak, has said that both men are wise when one says something and the other listens.

The Asian stage for the American show

It's not rocket science that the theatre of confrontation is shifting to Asia. The crux of this confrontation is cross-directional. China is pivoting west with its ambition to expand its reach across the continent and towards Europe. The United States, on the other hand, is pivoting east. It's convinced that its future should be entwined with the Asian prosperity instead of being sucked further into the quagmires of the Middle East.

If Ershad lives for another hundred years. . .

Hussein Muhammad Ershad recently told his party men that he would live another hundred years if they were to put him back

The future generations are losing their entitlement

The world is demographically lopsided more than ever before: old people are concentrated in the rich countries, and the rest of the world is crowded with the young. Whoever said that the young shall inherit the earth must think again. As nations get more affluent, their populations also get more aged. In an increasingly prosperous world, the future generations are losing entitlement.

Is Bangladesh politics heading for a deadlock?

One thing certain about politics in Bangladesh is that it has an evolving order in the midst of an emerging chaos. If closely observed, it's right now abiding by Newton's first law of motion. The object at rest stays at rest, while the object in motion stays in motion with the same speed and in the same direction. One of the assumptions of the law of inertia is that it doesn't change unless acted upon by an unbalanced force.

Science for mankind or mankind for science

Science was born out of the human necessity to investigate nature, but now it's also growing on the necessity to investigate human nature.

Where should journalists draw the elusive line?

Our Home Minister last Monday rightfully asked journalists not to publish any news that tarnishes Bangladesh's image or achievements

Need for a factual assessment

The Muslims make 14.2 percent of India's 1.25 billion people. But, 25 percent of India's 370,000 beggars are Muslims. The

Looking for common grounds or common interests?

If national unity is an issue today, it also was an issue before. Our leaders didn't want to recognise it then, and they don't want to recognise it now. Meanwhile, a crack has grown into a giant hole.