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Adieu, AB

AB is no more. The nation is in his debt, and there's nothing we can do about it. There are murmured demands for some sort of a national tribute or recognition. If you ask me, a man, who has won over hearts, has no use for medals.

No merit in quotas

Anyone who has played “alley cricket” will know that it has its own rules: e.g. two “chiefs” get to select players in tandem, and (s)he who sends the ball over the wall must fetch it. Another such rule is that the owner of the bat will have an automatic place on the team. This last provision is an everyday example of a “quota system” where able performers are replaced by those wielding power over the selection process.

We have secret ties with 'many' Arab states

An Israeli cabinet minister said on Sunday that Israel had covert ties with "many" Arab and Muslim states but was

Cornered men and toxic masculinity

Just after we had graduated to secondary school, a new boy joined our class. This new entrant was of pale, white complexion,

A marriage of ideals and realities

In reality, a village father does not care about Bangladesh's commitments at the Girl Summit 2014; he cares about his daughter, and his social standing. Integrally linked to this sense of honour are cultural ideas like virginity or purity.

The post-crisis rumour mill

During an unprecedented attack like the one at Holey Artisan Bakery, crisis management is of utmost priority.

October 21, 2018
October 21, 2018

Adieu, AB

AB is no more. The nation is in his debt, and there's nothing we can do about it. There are murmured demands for some sort of a national tribute or recognition. If you ask me, a man, who has won over hearts, has no use for medals.

March 21, 2018
March 21, 2018

No merit in quotas

Anyone who has played “alley cricket” will know that it has its own rules: e.g. two “chiefs” get to select players in tandem, and (s)he who sends the ball over the wall must fetch it. Another such rule is that the owner of the bat will have an automatic place on the team. This last provision is an everyday example of a “quota system” where able performers are replaced by those wielding power over the selection process.

November 21, 2017
November 21, 2017

We have secret ties with 'many' Arab states

An Israeli cabinet minister said on Sunday that Israel had covert ties with "many" Arab and Muslim states but was

September 20, 2017
September 20, 2017

Rohingyas and the cost of kindness

It is certain that the present Rohingya sensation will soon die down, and be replaced in public memory by something far more banal.

June 13, 2017
June 13, 2017

Silence Of Friends: Activism in the Modern Era

Social media has opened floodgates of unexamined causes and unstoppable rebels. With the license to post/share anything and zero accountability, young men and women have taken to protests and activism over anything and everything.

May 14, 2017
May 14, 2017

Social ripples of rape

When alleged rapist Shafat Ahmed and accomplice Shadman Sakif were arrested, and the former's father brought under investigation, I had decided not to write about the rape incident that took place in a hotel in Banani.

February 12, 2017
February 12, 2017

An idea whose time has come

A great example of citizens failing to arrest political devolution is how a mediocre businessman – with a bad toupée, vocabulary of a fifth grader and freakishly small hands – danced his way to the American presidency.

December 15, 2016
December 15, 2016

An Unwanted People

The International Community seems to be unable, if not unwilling, to adequately respond to the recent escalation in Rohingya persecution. Long before this crackdown, apartheid conditions prevailed for the Muslim minority.

November 21, 2016
November 21, 2016

Demonetisation: A Noteworthy Modification

India's sudden-death demonetisation resembles a gamble: it will either be a big win or a catastrophic fail. Perhaps it is this realisation that keeps the administration squarely in the PM's corner.

October 17, 2016
October 17, 2016

The Fog of War

2005: the War on Terror was in its third year. Hundreds of tonnes of explosives had pummeled Iraq and Afghanistan, and thousands