Tariq Karim | The Daily Star
  • Tariq Karim

    Tariq Karim, a former career diplomat and academic, is currently Visiting Fellow at BRAC University.

  • Reviving the Bengal Presidency template of connectivity

    The historical-civilisational Indian sub-continent, now known as “South Asia”, was for millennia the most integrated region in the world.
  • Addressing the problem of trash and plastic waste

    Our attitude to garbage disposal and plastic waste is flagrantly callous. What is particularly eye-soring is the mass of plastic waste of all types, ubiquitously filling up unending stretches of areas beside roads, railway lines, all conceivable nooks and crannies between buildings/shanties and, most egregious of all, as flotsam floating listlessly on all types of water bodies that have still managed to escape attention of insatiable land-developers.
  • Whence comes our culture of impunity?

    These days, I assail myself with questions triggered by the everyday acts of thoughtlessness that I witness committed by the multitude around me everywhere, young and old, male and female.
  • Ghost of a colonial past

    Practically all the institutions of our state are institutions that we have inherited from our about-200-years of British colonial rule. Pax Britannica was intentionally designed to be of everlasting nature. In imperial Britain's imagination, the sun would never set on the British Empire.
  • Rising above the sea of "yes-men"

    In Shakespeare's great tragedy King Lear, a powerful man comes to a tragic end because he surrounds himself with flatterers and banishes the friends “who will not varnish the truth to please him.”
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