Who killed democracy in Bangladesh?

The recent by-polls represent the state of democracy in our country fairly accurately.

US SANCTIONS / A ‘tonic’ for our security forces?

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.

Please spare us your ‘khela’

We do not know what exactly the Awami League general secretary means when he warns the BNP and advises his cadres to gird for khela on December 10.

Next Election: A Replay of Old Politics?

It is apparent, from what has transpired in the last fortnight, that any attempt to exercise political rights, and to seek space, will be curbed by force.

What have we done with our strategic assets?

Strategic assets are those that demand attention from the highest levels of the state.

Democracy means more than the ability to vote

Unfortunately, winning an election has become the synonym for achieving power.

Another ring in the shackle to gag the media

Is not the media already under duress, and its function heavily encumbered by the Digital Security Act (DSA), without needing a new law which is now on the anvil of the Bangladesh Press Council (BPC)?

Our skewed legal system

Time and again, it has been proven that, when it comes to justice in Bangladesh, some are more equal than others.

Consequences of reducing the main opposition to naught

More than a decade ago in July 2010, I wrote an article titled “When state is the cause of its own insecurity”.

India’s message on border killings is loud and clear: Like it or lump it!

There were two senior-level meetings between Bangladesh and India so far in 2021.

Mushtaq: DSA’s First ‘Martyr’

On February 25, the most reviled and draconian Digital Security Act (DSA) claimed its first victim, and gave the nation its first Digital Security Act “martyr”.

12th Anniversary of BDR Massacre: Delving into the probe report

It has been twelve years since the day 57 brilliant army officers were brutally killed by the BDR mutineers.

Need for a strong and effective opposition

I believe that every statement of a prime minister contains substance and carries weight, more so when it has to do with politics and the opposition.

Myanmar Back to Square One

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.

America under siege from within!

Finally President Trump has accepted the inevitable, but not before wreaking havoc, as we had predicted he would four years ago, both at home and abroad.

Bangladesh-India border relations fifty years on

Two important Bangladesh-India meetings at the national level took place in the last month of 2020.

The Hasina–Modi December summit

We are on the cusp of our 50th anniversary. Come March 26, 2021, it will be 50 years since Bangladesh had declared its Independence.

A sad day for RAOWA

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.