Tax the rich

September last year, a ranking of countries prepared by Wealth X, a global financial intelligence company, calculating the rise of ultra-rich individuals in their respective populations put Bangladesh on top.

Vigilante justice or what?

On January 17, police in Khagan, Savar recovered the bullet-hit body of a man who was later identified as Ripon. Ripon, a line chief at a local garment factory, was the prime accused in a gang-rape case involving a female worker from his factory.

Choking social media is not the answer

It's common knowledge that many opposition candidates were unable to campaign for themselves in the recently concluded elections

The effect of partisan policing

In less than five days after the candidates officially hit the campaign trail on December 11, a number of opposition candidates—including prominent figures such as Dr Kamal Hossain, Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, Mirza Abbas and Reza Kibria—came under attack from their opponents, a trend that has since continued unabated.

Nitpicking over nominations

Among the reports of a record number of nomination papers being rejected by election officials, Reza Kibria's case is particularly intriguing.

EC seems to be in denial of ground realities

It's barely a secret that even after the election schedule was announced, the police filed hundreds, if not thousands, of so-called political cases against leaders and activists linked to the opposition.

After the dialogue, now what?

It was unsurprising that the much-hyped dialogue between the ruling and opposition alliances didn't yield notable signs of progress.

How will the coalition politics pan out?

After much deliberation, the government finally allowed the Oikyafront, the opposition alliance, to organise rallies in both Sylhet and Chittagong.

A rocky road ahead for Oikyafront

Just a week or so ago, Dr Kamal Hossain, Badruddoza Chowdhury and BNP seemed to be on the same side of the fence. They held grudges against one another, yet they were allies in opposing the incumbent.

August 21 verdict and its implications for BNP

The grisly attack on Awami League's rally in Dhaka on August 21, 2004 marks a watershed moment in Bangladesh's contemporary political history.

Will the 'National Unity Process' succeed?

Regard-less of his distinguished credentials as a jurist and academic, Dr Kamal Hossain was once a formidable politician. He was the country's first law minister, leading the constitution drafting committee.

The rise of the super rich

A recent report that says Bangladesh has had the highest rise in its ultra wealthy population, surpassing any other country in the world, may have taken many by surprise.

A curious case of 'extortion'

The way Mozammel Hoque, a road safety campaigner, was arrested was hardly normal. A complaint was filed with the police by “a transport labour leader” accusing him of demanding extortion. Understandably, such cases are common in Bangladesh, and many of them false, targeting journalists and human rights defenders.

A devastating assault on our national security

The August 21, 2004 grenade attack on an Awami League rally, targeting the-then opposition leader Sheikh Hasina and top party leaders, marked possibly the most devastating assault on our national security.

How an unrestricted press could help assuage violence

There's an increasing inclination, both globally and domestically, among those in power to impede the media.

An uneven battlefield

Among all ruling party-backed candidates in the three-city elections, Khairuzzaman Liton, in Rajshahi,

What does the US-China trade war mean for Bangladesh?

Professor Shakhawat Ali Khan, a veteran journalism professor at Dhaka University, often invokes a Second World War-era story in his classes to make his students realise just how important international affairs is. When the war persisted, many Indians were faced with an increased price of some of their essential commodities.

The race between 'development' and 'justice'

A politician for nearly four decades, Hasan Uddin Sarkar, the opposition candidate in the Gazipur mayoral election, is well aware of the odds against him.