The recent by-polls represent the state of democracy in our country fairly accurately.
It is unfortunate that security agencies have been used in a manner that has generated more fear in people’s mind than confidence and faith in them.
Time and again, it has been proven that, when it comes to justice in Bangladesh, some are more equal than others.
It is not easy to rationalise some of the recent actions of the government related to the realm of governance, in other words, related to us the people. For now, let us address the second wave of the pandemic and the government’s actions or reactions to deal with it.
Governments in the Western world were galvanised by the “Je suis Charlie” (“I am Charlie”) slogan after the shooting at the office of the ill-famous sleazy French magazine in Paris in 2015 by Muslim extremists, which ended in twelve of its staff members being killed.
The five-year ride on the tiger by Aung San Suu Kyi is over. She is back to where she had been used to living during the greater part of her political career (except for a brief interregnum of pseudo-democracy): behind bars.
Earlier this month, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina made a remark that assumes significance given the rueful undertone that her statement conveyed.
The word is one of the most pejorative terms in the English dictionary; it is the most reviled term, too, as well as an oft-used mechanism handy to the West to twist the tails of those it dislikes.
The prime minister had made a very profound and significant remark at the beginning of this month on the state of the opposition in the country.
The international system changes with the passage of time—strategic, political and economic compulsions act as the causative factors.
The invasion of Ukraine, which Russia chooses to euphemistically call “special operations,” has produced several lessons for us, as much as it has, once again, exposed various negative facets of the existing world order, the fault lines in international relationship, and the skewed international system hogged by the rich and the powerful.
That is a biblical truth which no man can sunder from reality. The havoc being wreaked in Ukraine is the consequence of the wind that the West has sown since the end of the Cold War.
We are on the cusp of our 50th anniversary. Come March 26, 2021, it will be 50 years since Bangladesh had declared its Independence.
The Department of Social Welfare (DSW) vide their letter of December 14, 2020, “temporarily dismissed” the Executive Committee (EC) of the Retired Armed Forces Officers’ Welfare Association (RAOWA) and replaced it with a five member committee consisting of two serving army officers—a Brigadier and Major respectively, a retired member of RAOWA of the rank of Major, and two civil cadre officers of the rank of Deputy Secretary.
It is now officially known that Israel carried out the targeted killing of Iran’s top nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh.
Gokahle’s tribute, “What Bengal thinks today, India will think tomorrow”, reflected the leading role that Bengal was taking in the anti-British movement.