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In the silos of bureaucrats, public interests are a trifle

To the uninitiated, the public interaction between our prime minister and state officials may seem curious at times.

Is the EC fighting an unwinnable war?

There are a few possible explanations behind why the EC chose to suspend the Gaibandha-5 by-poll

Who wants a piece of forest?

Plans to build a prison on forestland show that the country is in environmental free-fall

No, we were already pathetic before Sunny Leone came

If you think the social media tendency to obsess over trivial matters is problematic, be sure to highlight what’s causing it.

If my buying capacity triples and I don’t know it, does it still count?

Apparently, it does. According to the state-run Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics (BBS). And according to Information Minister Dr Hasan Mahmud.

A citizen’s manifesto for Election Commission

In his first media briefing on February 28, 2022, the newly sworn-in Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Kazi Habibul Awal ticked almost all the right boxes.

April 6, 2022
April 6, 2022

Dhaka, for all intents and purposes, is dead

In Dhaka, we don’t live anymore, we merely survive.

March 25, 2022
March 25, 2022

Ferry disasters: Let’s not sugarcoat institutional murders

It’s like a scene from a Stephen King movie: a small passenger vessel being “devoured” by a cargo ship about 20 times its size.

March 15, 2022
March 15, 2022

No, we were already pathetic before Sunny Leone came

If you think the social media tendency to obsess over trivial matters is problematic, be sure to highlight what’s causing it.

March 11, 2022
March 11, 2022

If my buying capacity triples and I don’t know it, does it still count?

Apparently, it does. According to the state-run Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics (BBS). And according to Information Minister Dr Hasan Mahmud.

March 4, 2022
March 4, 2022

A citizen’s manifesto for Election Commission

In his first media briefing on February 28, 2022, the newly sworn-in Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Kazi Habibul Awal ticked almost all the right boxes.

February 15, 2022
February 15, 2022

The CEC Is Gone, Long Live the CEC!

Let me begin with the story of a thought experiment. I did this experiment with a concept known as perspective-taking.

February 6, 2022
February 6, 2022

How to read the Sinha murder verdict

For the government, the timing of the Sinha murder verdict on January 31 couldn’t have been worse, with increasing global scrutiny following a US sanction on RAB over allegations of human rights violations, including extrajudicial killings.

May 28, 2021
May 28, 2021

The story of the middle class you’re never told

What is the picture that flashes through your mind when someone talks of social classes? A reader of The Guardian newspaper once made an interesting albeit highly generalised observation.

March 24, 2021
March 24, 2021

When faith is a weapon, don’t be surprised by who wields it

A dramatic turn of events since the March 17 attack on Hindu villagers in Sunamganj’s Shalla Upazila has been reshaping the narrative on the culpability of potential actors and, by extension, the politics of communal violence in Bangladesh.

January 14, 2021
January 14, 2021

What’s Eating Quader Mirza?

How well do you follow the headlines of your newspapers? If one were to run a quiz to see how well the readers of The Daily Star stack up against each other, the question that is most likely to be at the top of the list would be about the name that appeared most in the headlines of our central pages over the last week.