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If justice had a face now, it would be of victims wronged twice

The idea of a justice system hinges on people’s faith in its ability to offer fair solutions. So justice, as the saying goes, should not only be done, but be seen to be done as well, so that people’s faith in it is kept intact.

Hankering for rural contact? Pahela Baishakh isn’t the answer

It’s been quite some time since we’ve had a Pahela Baishakh in the middle of Ramadan. The convergence of the two occasions, not necessarily a clash of ideologies, begs appreciation of life in its many nuances and complexities.

Dhaka, for all intents and purposes, is dead

In Dhaka, we don’t live anymore, we merely survive.

January 31, 2023
January 31, 2023

Awami League wants us to love DSA. It’s too late now

While the manner in which the DSA is being defended is nothing new, the timing bears significance

January 7, 2023
January 7, 2023

Survival of the Noisiest

Living with Dhaka’s noise pollution is a gruelling endurance test.

December 19, 2022
December 19, 2022
December 10, 2022
December 10, 2022

Why politicians should study human rights

For human rights advocates, 2022 has been a catastrophic year.

November 14, 2022
November 14, 2022

In the silos of bureaucrats, public interests are a trifle

To the uninitiated, the public interaction between our prime minister and state officials may seem curious at times.

October 15, 2022
October 15, 2022

Is the EC fighting an unwinnable war?

There are a few possible explanations behind why the EC chose to suspend the Gaibandha-5 by-poll

October 2, 2022
October 2, 2022

Who wants a piece of forest?

Plans to build a prison on forestland show that the country is in environmental free-fall

July 3, 2022
July 3, 2022

Teachers aren’t under siege, but justice, civility and reason are

Here’s an image that will likely be seared into our memory forever: a teacher being forced to wear a garland of shoes around his neck.

June 22, 2022
June 22, 2022

EC’s big nothing: From a crowning moment to a humbling experience

Now that the Cumilla City Corporation (CCC) election is over and everything there was to see and hear has been seen and heard, we need to address the elephant in the room.

June 8, 2022
June 8, 2022

And the Nobel Prize for Violence Goes to…

No, silly, there is no such prize for violence. That’s just a conversation starter. After all, what better way to invoke the mighty Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) than with a nod to violence?