Aspirations for the next 50 years | The Daily Star
  • Energy security and our future

    Energy security is a difficult thing to analyse for a country because it is dependent on many factors. To assist in the analysis, researchers have identified four components of energy security: i) Availability;

  • Branding Bangladesh: The ‘identity’ challenge

    Identity matters. It matters most amid flux, which the 21st Century is riddled with. Compromising the past and adding “new” components always knock on identity doors. Distinguishing the non-negotiable identity components from the negotiable gives us a head start.

  • Vaccine nationalism, global public good and the poor

    In a desperate move to inoculate from Covid-19, we are witnessing a kind of vaccine nationalism worldwide, which has manifested in a race to procure vaccine doses, particularly by those having the means and power to do so.

  • Future cities: A short guide to a Bengali urbanism

    When al-Mansur laid the foundation of Baghdad in 762 on the banks of the Tigris, he imagined an ideal city in the shape of a round plan.

  • Citizen participation in sustainable rural development

    Meaningful citizen participation is imperative for equitable development. Since rural development is a people-oriented programme, it is essential that people should take an active part in the rural development process.

  • How technology is changing business

    Now that 2020 is over, it has become clear that things will not go back to how they used to be. Rather we will gravitate towards a new normal. And in this new normal technology will play a major role in every facet of our lives. Even the way companies operate will be impacted by technology. In this article, I will try to highlight and explain the key changes that technology will bring in how we do business.

  • Automation is inevitable, we must embrace it

    When people write about automation, they often discuss it as if this is some futuristic development which will change the way we do business.

  • The future contours of education in Bangladesh

    Being in the era of the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR), let’s consider two scenarios: In one, consortiums of universities no longer offer terminal degrees.

  • What is the future of our migrant workers?

    Lisbon’s riverfront Praça do Comércio is one of Europe’s largest city squares and a major attraction in tiny Portugal.

  • Can we create an environmentally liveable Bangladesh?

    Since independence, Dhaka’s population ballooned from just about 1.5 million to over 21 million, a 14-fold increase as opposed to 2.5-fold for the entire population of Bangladesh. Hence, for all practical purpose,

  • Skill set workers need for the future job market

    As we fight to overcome the damages done by the Covid-19 pandemic and restart and recalibrate our economies, this is a golden opportunity to ask what we can do to prepare ourselves better for the next decade. One thing is certain.

  • Bangladesh in 2050: Vision of a climate resilient society

    What will Bangladesh look like in 2050? A layman’s projection allows us to draw a picture of its basic parameters. In terms of population, Bangladesh can reach a number of 230-240 million, with an average growth rate of 1.2 percent/year.

  • Editor’s Note

    As we celebrate the 50 years of our independence, no one can deny that Bangladesh has made tremendous progress in various social and economic indicators.

  • An ideal vision of democracy in Bangladesh

    Considering that there is no universally agreed definition of democracy, let alone an ideal democracy, any discussion on an ideal vision of democracy may well be deemed as a futile exercise.

  • Bangladesh and the ongoing technological revolution

    In the last one year the coronavirus pandemic has infected more than a hundred million and killed more than two million people around the globe—the pandemic is not yet done.