1d ago| Opinion

Heroes in the time of pandemic

Let us talk about the heroes of the pandemic. We want to remember those extraordinary men and women who have offered selfless services throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, knowing very well that they...

2d ago| Opinion

Michael Madhusudan Datta: Resistance, Rebellion, Rupture

Michael Madhusudan Datta (1824-1873) is widely regarded as the first modern Bangla poet. Well before Kazi Nazrul Islam (1899-1976), Madhusudan is even reckoned as the first rebel poet in Bangla...

2d ago| Opinion

The prospects of Bangladesh-Russia cooperation

On January 25, 2022, the People’s Republic of Bangladesh and the Russian Federation celebrate a remarkable date: on this day 50 years ago, less than a year after the declaration of Bangladesh’s...

3d ago| Opinion

Mass Uprising Day: Dhaka 1969

In this essay, I offer a reading of the set of events now known as Gana Abhyutthan (Mass Uprising) by attending to Dhaka, the city.

3d ago| Opinion

International Day of Education: Are we doing enough to recover learning loss?

The main motto of this year’s Education Day is transforming education radically to reflect the changes occurring right now. It also advocates equity and democratic participation.

Why economic forecasting is now trickier than before

Bangladesh has some very difficult—and one could say unpredictable—times ahead in the coming years.

5d ago| Opinion

What can we expect from the Search Committee law?

The sudden approval of a draft Election Commission law by the cabinet certainly gives the government and the ruling party a powerful public relation tool, as they can claim they have done what no...

5d ago| Opinion

What Kohli’s Test Captaincy Meant for India

The Rigveda describes the emergence of Virata, the cosmic colossus from which everything has been manifested.

6d ago| THE THIRD VIEW

Column by Mahfuz Anam: We needed a law for EC formation, we’re getting one for Search Committee

What waited for nearly 50 years is now being implemented with super speed.

1w ago| STRAIGHT LINE

The ‘crossfire’ controversy

The piece “No ‘crossfire’ deaths since US sanctions” published in this newspaper on January 11 will definitely engage all thinking minds, especially those entrusted with the maintenance of law and...

1w ago| Opinion

Forge ahead with confidence and fortitude to jointly create a better post-Covid world

In two weeks’ time, China will celebrate the advent of spring in the lunar new year, the Year of the Tiger.

1w ago| Opinion

Free our universities of suppression and violence

It is a matter of common sense that a university is supposed to create space and opportunities to generate knowledge, open up scopes for creative ideas and thinking, invite questions against the...

1w ago| Opinion

When justice remains elusive for victims of gender-based violence

Gender-based violence (GBV) has always been a major cause for concern in Bangladesh, but it reached an alarming level in the last two years.

1w ago| Opinion

Confronting Global Racism

Race is staring us in the face. Confronting and dealing with it is highly emotional and disturbing, so much so that in polite company, it’s unspeakable. But we can’t avoid it, because racism has...

1w ago| Opinion

The High Court said they were Bangladeshis

The members of camp-dwelling Urdu-speaking community (CDUSC) are both baffled and dismayed over a series of recent decisions by the Bangladesh government.

January 27, 2022
January 27, 2022

We need logical thinkers now more than ever

For many people, education means sitting in a class and mindlessly repeating what the teacher tells you. But is that really what education is about?

January 27, 2022
January 27, 2022

Proposed EC bill doesn’t ensure one’s impartiality

Dr Badiul Alam Majumder, secretary of Shushashoner Jonno Nagorik (SHUJAN), discusses how the new Election Commission bill undercuts the ultimate exercise of democracy, in a conversation with Zyma...

January 27, 2022
January 27, 2022

The unenviable camaraderie of public university vice-chancellors

I see—and perhaps others do, too—some lights at the end of the tunnel. Reportedly, 35 public university vice chancellors have expressed their willingness to resign from their posts if the...

January 27, 2022
January 27, 2022

We must be rational in fighting the new Covid wave

In view of the surging Covid-19 cases across Bangladesh, the government issued new sets of guidelines earlier this week to curb the spread of the virus.

January 26, 2022
January 26, 2022

Heroes in the time of pandemic

Let us talk about the heroes of the pandemic. We want to remember those extraordinary men and women who have offered selfless services throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, knowing very well that they...

January 26, 2022
January 26, 2022

Campus in Turmoil: The playbook must change

A sadly familiar playbook has been on display once again at Shahjalal University of Science and Technology (SUST). Students have been on “fast-unto-death” in front of the vice-chancellor’s residence.

January 26, 2022
January 26, 2022

Developed countries can’t get out of paying for climate impacts

On the last official day of the 26th UN climate conference (COP26) in Glasgow, Scotland last year, over 150 countries representing more than five billion people put forward a proposal for the...

January 26, 2022
January 26, 2022

Disappointing CPI score: What trajectory is Bangladesh on?

The Transparency International (TI) released its Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) 2021 on January 25, 2022.

January 25, 2022
January 25, 2022

Time for RMG makers to think globally

When it comes to the geography of apparel production, the rules are changing, and this is something all Bangladeshi RMG manufacturers need to be aware of.

January 25, 2022
January 25, 2022

The prospects of Bangladesh-Russia cooperation

On January 25, 2022, the People’s Republic of Bangladesh and the Russian Federation celebrate a remarkable date: on this day 50 years ago, less than a year after the declaration of Bangladesh’s...