Our failure to defend Hero Alom points only to our intellectual bankruptcy
Hero Alom may have been ostracised by our political and cultural elites, but he has a huge fan base among the poor and working class.
BNP to some extent and AL to a far greater extent have changed Bangladesh. Can’t we expect them to change themselves, even a bit?
The amendment of the Representation of the People Order (RPO) comes at a critical juncture when the demand for holding a free and fair election in Bangladesh is getting louder at home and abroad
It must be recognised that the election is not a one-day phenomenon – it is a process involving multiple interrelated steps
With three city corporation elections coming up, we hope the Election Commission and other authorities will take all the necessary steps to ensure free and fair elections in Rajshai, Sylhet and Barisal.
We need an EC which is truly independent from all aspects; this independence does not only mean structural independence, but operational and financial independence along with individual independence of the election commissioners.