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In Defence of Politics

The word “politics” is much maligned and stigmatised. It suffers from a huge image problem both in the world as well as in Bangladesh.

The debate over Khaleda Zia’s parole

Ever since the imprison-ment of BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia, her party has systematically demanded her release. Recently, a possibility for her “parole” has come up in discussion, even amongst the leading members of the ruling Awami League.

Manifestation of Apathy or De-facto Disenfranchisement?

Amartya Sen characte-rised “argumen-tative Bengalis” also take avid interest in politics. In 2013 the Pew Research Center found that Bangladeshis are the most politically engaged nation. 65 percent of Bangladeshis were in the “high level” political participation category and a further 29 percent at “medium level”.

The US presidential battle in 2020

It is, when you think about it, a bit of a Faustian bargain for the Democrats. A few whiny Republican attempts notwithstanding, the Republican candidacy for the 2020 presidential elections is cast in stone, as it pretty much always is in the US when an incumbent is running for president.

The law of primogeniture and our political parties

he passing away of General Ershad has brought into sharp focus the question of leadership succession in major political parties.

USA

Minority congresswomen should apologise to America: Trump

US President Donald Trump renews his attacks on four Democratic congresswomen he launched xenophobic tweets against, demanding they apologize "for the horrible (hateful) things they have said."

February 27, 2020
February 27, 2020

In Defence of Politics

The word “politics” is much maligned and stigmatised. It suffers from a huge image problem both in the world as well as in Bangladesh.

February 20, 2020
February 20, 2020

The debate over Khaleda Zia’s parole

Ever since the imprison-ment of BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia, her party has systematically demanded her release. Recently, a possibility for her “parole” has come up in discussion, even amongst the leading members of the ruling Awami League.

February 9, 2020
February 9, 2020

Manifestation of Apathy or De-facto Disenfranchisement?

Amartya Sen characte-rised “argumen-tative Bengalis” also take avid interest in politics. In 2013 the Pew Research Center found that Bangladeshis are the most politically engaged nation. 65 percent of Bangladeshis were in the “high level” political participation category and a further 29 percent at “medium level”.

February 7, 2020
February 7, 2020

Disengaged voters in a declining democracy

As Bangladesh celebrates the centennial birth anniversary of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman via the commemoration of 2020-2021 as the “Mujib Year”, it is important if not necessary for citizens to reflect on the symbolic achievements of Bangabandhu, in addition to partaking in celebratory events throughout the year.

February 6, 2020
February 6, 2020

Low turnout: the new normal?

One question that I repeatedly faced in the last few days was: how were the elections of the two Dhaka city corporations?

January 28, 2020
January 28, 2020

Will the EC kindly answer?

The Election Commission, particularly the CEC, has been repeatedly assuring us that the upcoming elections of the two Dhaka city corporations will be free and fair.

January 21, 2020
January 21, 2020

Parliamentarians’ assault on the rule of law

In the annals of Bangladesh’s parliamentary history, January 14, 2020 has secured special significance.

January 3, 2020
January 3, 2020

NRC, CAA and Bangladesh

Finally the tides of uncertainty and insecurity generated by the National Register of Citizens (NRC) and the Citizenship Amendment Act

December 29, 2019
December 29, 2019

5 crude bombs blasted at DU campus, BNP office

Five crude bombs are exploded on Dhaka University campus and in front of BNP’s central office in Nayapaltan of Dhaka.

December 14, 2019
December 14, 2019

Hasina greets Johnson; seeks support for Rohingya repatriation

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina congratulates British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on the impressive victory of his Conservative Party in the national election of the United Kingdom.