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How women's secondary status encourages violence

The value of a female is largely determined by what she can offer to her family and society

The unbearable smugness of AI

My phone thinks it knows me better than I know myself – how preposterous! Or is it?

Why people want to leave Bangladesh

There are a litany of issues that make the lives of ordinary citizens difficult.

Being a non-VIP at Dhaka airport is no fun

The adviser to the prime minister on private industry and investment, Salman F Rahman, recently expressed his dissatisfaction about the way our airport in Dhaka has been handling passengers, referring to allegations of staff members taking bribes and harassing them.

Who will speak for the George Floyds of Bangladesh?

In the US, being Black or just a person of colour is enough to get one killed or arrested by a cop, merely for being at the wrong place at the wrong time—or even the right place at the right time.

Can traffic get any worse than this? Yes, it can.

Why is it that, no matter how many times we have experienced something unpleasant, we continue to do the exact same things we did before, expecting a different outcome?

June 4, 2022
June 4, 2022

Prices of machetes, bamboo and iron rods to go up?

It may seem like an odd assortment of items to be afflicted by the inflationary fever currently in circulation, but following the basic rules of economics—when demand goes up, with existing supply, prices will go up in a free market

May 21, 2022
May 21, 2022

Besides the PK Halder saga

Food prices have been keeping us awake at night, making some of us seriously rethink our diets.

May 13, 2022
May 13, 2022

Being a non-VIP at Dhaka airport is no fun

The adviser to the prime minister on private industry and investment, Salman F Rahman, recently expressed his dissatisfaction about the way our airport in Dhaka has been handling passengers, referring to allegations of staff members taking bribes and harassing them.

April 20, 2022
April 20, 2022

Who will speak for the George Floyds of Bangladesh?

In the US, being Black or just a person of colour is enough to get one killed or arrested by a cop, merely for being at the wrong place at the wrong time—or even the right place at the right time.

April 12, 2022
April 12, 2022

Can traffic get any worse than this? Yes, it can.

Why is it that, no matter how many times we have experienced something unpleasant, we continue to do the exact same things we did before, expecting a different outcome?

March 27, 2022
March 27, 2022

Bangladeshis are so ‘senti’

Bengalis are well-known for being unusually driven by emotion, a trait that has brought about many great things—our right to speak in our mother tongue, our right to be independent.

March 20, 2022
March 20, 2022

We must not stop talking about Tonu’s murder

As ritualistic as it may be, we must keep talking about the murder of Sohagi Jahan Tonu, even though there is nothing new to say—or precisely because of that.

January 21, 2022
January 21, 2022

The consistent chaos that is Dhaka airport

Airports are the most fascinating places in the world. This forced congregation of total strangers from all corners of the world, rushing off to destinations as exotic as Zanzibar or Casablanca—isn’t it just wonderful?

January 1, 2022
January 1, 2022

Our children will be our saviours

Is it really 2022? How did 2021 go so fast? Was it because we had such high expectations and ended up facing one daunting catastrophe after another, that we didn’t realise that the days had turned into weeks, weeks into months, and months into a whole year?

September 27, 2021
September 27, 2021

‘I’m not a wall that divides. I’m a crack in that wall.’

Feminist icon, educator, and author Kamla Bhasin passed away on September 25, 2021, at the age of 75. The Daily Star pays tribute to her rich legacy by reprinting an interview first published in 2016.