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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.

April 18, 2016
April 18, 2016

Matrix of Biometrics

The man was up against a cave wall, holding his freshly ground and moistened haematite pigment in a coconut shell. He had spent the morning painting two Babirusas (pig-deer) with the chewed, bristly end of a twig. It was a hot day in Borneo; the forest breeze did not reach inside the cave. He was about to wipe the sweat off his brow, when the sight of his arm gave him an idea. He placed his hand against the cave wall and blew paint all over it, leaving an unmistakable imprint on the side of the wall. Little did he know that 40,000 years later – his work of art would dethrone European caves as the earliest instance of human creativity. Unknowingly, he had also become one of the first, deliberate users of biometric information.

April 5, 2016
April 5, 2016

The Laws of Inertia

In 1988, Ershad's predictably dictator-esque declaration of a state religion led to the formation of the Committee to Resist Despotism

March 28, 2016
March 28, 2016

The Strongman returns

It should be no surprise to us that the political 'strongman' has resurged. The very word evokes images of a bare-bodied Vladimir...

March 13, 2016
March 13, 2016

The land of scared ideas

Sixty or seventy years back, higher education for the people of Bengal was a rare commodity. Racial and socioeconomic barriers held

March 2, 2016
March 2, 2016

A Democracy of Crisis

Psychologists have suggested that humans have a natural preference for negative news, the public experience of which they enjoy via mass media. The reason is not necessarily 'schadenfreude' or secret pleasure derived out of other people's misery.

February 3, 2016
February 3, 2016

Collateral of War and Peace

For Bangladesh's global image, January 2016 was not a good month. Allegations of sexual abuse by Bangladeshi peacekeepers

January 23, 2016
January 23, 2016

To burn a mockingbird

It was a windy August day, 1877 C.E. A young, darkish and mostly unimpressive youth was at Nulo Gopal's door...

January 16, 2016
January 16, 2016

Bangladesh at Bloggerheads

Like many Bangladeshis, I started concentrating on and paying closer attention to blogging from 2013. February 2013, to be precise.

January 1, 2016
January 1, 2016

A narrow spectrum of debate

Sometimes it seems that Bangladeshis have been debating the same thing over and over again, failing to reach any consensus and only

December 1, 2015
December 1, 2015

The Grand Theatre of War

World War I was once thought of as 'the War to End All Wars'. But the hypothesis that “violence can be extinguished with greater violence” has since been thoroughly disproved and should have no place in modern statecraft. Yet it is the bedrock of anti-terrorism.