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Mechanisms to hold the police accountable do exist; why aren't we using them?

It is imperative to bring the police under a system of accountability that earns public confidence.

Was Jinnah the real villain in the story of partition?

On June 3, 1947, Lord Mountbatten, the last viceroy of India, announced his plan for the partition of the subcontinent—in particular that of Punjab and Bengal.

Getting out of the extrajudicial mode

Of late, media reports that indicate that the infamous phenomenon of extrajudicial killings has been resorted to more by the mainstream police outfit than the elite unit of the law-enforcing apparatus should bring no comfort, and indeed should be viewed with concern.

The sinister carnage of August 21, 2004

In the unfortunate annals of our political history, the month of August perhaps witnessed more macabre incidents than others.

74 Years Since Partition: Sectarian obstinacy and the Partition of 1947

For a significant number of people, including those who had ventured to understand the causes of the historic Partition of the Indian subcontinent in 1947,

What Ails Democracy?

There is a well-grounded belief that irrespective of the state of socio-economic progress, democracy as a form of government has not been able to take firm root in many societies.

October 19, 2022
October 19, 2022

Mechanisms to hold the police accountable do exist; why aren't we using them?

It is imperative to bring the police under a system of accountability that earns public confidence.

June 4, 2022
June 4, 2022

Was Jinnah the real villain in the story of partition?

On June 3, 1947, Lord Mountbatten, the last viceroy of India, announced his plan for the partition of the subcontinent—in particular that of Punjab and Bengal.

March 24, 2022
March 24, 2022

Getting out of the extrajudicial mode

Of late, media reports that indicate that the infamous phenomenon of extrajudicial killings has been resorted to more by the mainstream police outfit than the elite unit of the law-enforcing apparatus should bring no comfort, and indeed should be viewed with concern.

February 13, 2022
February 13, 2022

What ails our local governments?

The unfortunate fact of our times is that all reports on Bangladesh’s socio-economic progression almost invariably point to the lack of good governance as a significant deficit in our developmental strides.

January 20, 2022
January 20, 2022

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 public order.

December 18, 2021
December 18, 2021

Understanding the spirit of the Liberation War

In recent times, there have been many discussions, discourses and deliberations on “muktijuddher chetona,” wherein passionate and eloquent speakers have emphasised the imperative of holding aloft the spirit of our great Liberation War.

December 7, 2021
December 7, 2021

The invisible struggles of constables

Historically speaking, repression was the dominant feature of colonial policing, at least between 1930 and the Partition in 1947, and one cannot be certain if the attitude of the ruling establishments in the subcontinent has significantly changed insofar as the use of police powers is concerned.

November 3, 2021
November 3, 2021

It’s time to look into the well-being of the policemen

More often than not, the word “police” in our parlance gets adverse attention—and for understandable reasons.

October 24, 2021
October 24, 2021

The poisonous politics of communalism

While commenting on the unfortunate and shameful incidents triggered by the alleged desecration of Islamic scriptures in Cumilla,

September 25, 2021
September 25, 2021

Police recruitment must be fair and transparent

Recently, there have been news reports highlighting serious irregularities in the recruitment of constables in the district of Narayanganj.