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March 4, 2022
March 4, 2022

A citizen’s manifesto for Election Commission

In his first media briefing on February 28, 2022, the newly sworn-in Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Kazi Habibul Awal ticked almost all the right boxes.

February 15, 2022
February 15, 2022

The CEC Is Gone, Long Live the CEC!

Let me begin with the story of a thought experiment. I did this experiment with a concept known as perspective-taking.

February 6, 2022
February 6, 2022

How to read the Sinha murder verdict

For the government, the timing of the Sinha murder verdict on January 31 couldn’t have been worse, with increasing global scrutiny following a US sanction on RAB over allegations of human rights violations, including extrajudicial killings.

May 28, 2021
May 28, 2021

The story of the middle class you’re never told

What is the picture that flashes through your mind when someone talks of social classes? A reader of The Guardian newspaper once made an interesting albeit highly generalised observation.

March 24, 2021
March 24, 2021

When faith is a weapon, don’t be surprised by who wields it

A dramatic turn of events since the March 17 attack on Hindu villagers in Sunamganj’s Shalla Upazila has been reshaping the narrative on the culpability of potential actors and, by extension, the politics of communal violence in Bangladesh.

January 14, 2021
January 14, 2021

What’s Eating Quader Mirza?

How well do you follow the headlines of your newspapers? If one were to run a quiz to see how well the readers of The Daily Star stack up against each other, the question that is most likely to be at the top of the list would be about the name that appeared most in the headlines of our central pages over the last week.

November 27, 2020
November 27, 2020

The road to development is ‘always’ under construction

What is the first image that comes to your mind when you think of the word “development”? I see an image of a signboard, and it’s about the Metro Rail (MRT Line-6) being constructed in Mirpur, connecting different parts of the metropolis.

November 18, 2020
November 18, 2020

Kindness can heal what blind faith cannot

I remember there was a time when, owing to my youthful naiveté, I would think that living is more than surviving.

November 12, 2020
November 12, 2020

First transgender madrasa: Let it be the spark for a social revolution

On Friday, November 6, the first madrasa for transgender Muslims in Bangladesh was opened in Dhaka through a private initiative.

November 5, 2020
November 5, 2020

Sarwar’s abduction: A chilling message for journalists

Late in the evening on November 1, 2020, journalist Golam Sarwar, who went missing on October 29, was found unconscious near a canal at Sitakunda, Chattogram.