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Next Election: A Replay of Old Politics?

It is apparent, from what has transpired in the last fortnight, that any attempt to exercise political rights, and to seek space, will be curbed by force.

What have we done with our strategic assets?

Strategic assets are those that demand attention from the highest levels of the state.

Democracy means more than the ability to vote

Unfortunately, winning an election has become the synonym for achieving power.

If you sow the wind, you will reap the whirlwind

That is a biblical truth which no man can sunder from reality. The havoc being wreaked in Ukraine is the consequence of the wind that the West has sown since the end of the Cold War.

Handling of the Second Wave: Can someone in the administration please explain their decisions?

It is not easy to rationalise some of the recent actions of the government related to the realm of governance, in other words, related to us the people. For now, let us address the second wave of the pandemic and the government’s actions or reactions to deal with it.

Je suis Palestinian

Governments in the Western world were galvanised by the “Je suis Charlie” (“I am Charlie”) slogan after the shooting at the office of the ill-famous sleazy French magazine in Paris in 2015 by Muslim extremists, which ended in twelve of its staff members being killed.

September 1, 2022
September 1, 2022

Next Election: A Replay of Old Politics?

It is apparent, from what has transpired in the last fortnight, that any attempt to exercise political rights, and to seek space, will be curbed by force.

August 16, 2022
August 16, 2022

What have we done with our strategic assets?

Strategic assets are those that demand attention from the highest levels of the state.

August 3, 2022
August 3, 2022

Democracy means more than the ability to vote

Unfortunately, winning an election has become the synonym for achieving power.

June 30, 2022
June 30, 2022

Another ring in the shackle to gag the media

Is not the media already under duress, and its function heavily encumbered by the Digital Security Act (DSA), without needing a new law which is now on the anvil of the Bangladesh Press Council (BPC)?

June 16, 2022
June 16, 2022

Our skewed legal system

Time and again, it has been proven that, when it comes to justice in Bangladesh, some are more equal than others.

June 9, 2022
June 9, 2022

Why election 2023 needs to be different from the last two

An acceptable election depends on the Election Commission's ability to display its grit and resolve, exercise its writ, remain neutral, and be prompt to address complaints and proactive in detecting violations.

May 30, 2022
May 30, 2022

Rohingya refugees: Are we paying for our hospitality?

As if a million Rohingya refugees are not enough, we have to now face the prospect of Rohingyas sneaking in through the borders from India into Bangladesh.

May 16, 2022
May 16, 2022

Are some people always trying to ‘oust’ the government?

Earlier this month, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina made a remark that assumes significance given the rueful undertone that her statement conveyed.

April 28, 2022
April 28, 2022

The slur of sanctions

The word is one of the most pejorative terms in the English dictionary; it is the most reviled term, too, as well as an oft-used mechanism handy to the West to twist the tails of those it dislikes.

April 24, 2022
April 24, 2022

How fares the opposition in Bangladesh?

The prime minister had made a very profound and significant remark at the beginning of this month on the state of the opposition in the country.