Perspective | The Daily Star
  • Growing sustainably through research and innovation

    In early 2018, Bangladesh fulfilled all the three eligibility criteria for graduation from the list of Least Developed Countries (LDCs) of the United Nations. The Committee for

  • Getting the measurements right

    Monitoring and evaluation are proven tools to determine the extent to which public sector development projects and programmes are on track and if adjustments are required to improve their performance.

  • Reflections from a conversation with the Dalai Lama

    Is forgive-ness a phenomenon that is learned or is it something that some of us are inherently better at than others?

  • Potential areas for both countries to benefit

    Nepal and Bangladesh—members of vital regional organisations such as South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC)

  • Folk Fest registration controversy exemplifies the need for data protection law

    Recent events surrounding the use and sharing of personal data collected from users during registration for the recently concluded Dhaka International Folk Fest, has once again brought to the forefront the legal vacuum in the critical area of data protection in Bangladesh.

  • Indore Test: A nightmare for Bangladesh

    Bangladesh Test Cricket is in a dismal state to say the least. Our Tigers have been brave in ODI and T20 matches but surely they have proved themselves unsuccessful in Test cricket. They have, with almost 19 years’ experience in Test cricket, lost the recently held Test match against Afghanistan, which may be considered a new entrant as far as Test cricket is concerned.

  • The journey to a sustainable RMG industry in Bangladesh

    Let me begin with a quote by Bengali poet and Nobel Prize Laureate Rabindranath Tagore. “You can’t cross the sea merely by standing and staring at the water.”

  • We shouldn’t expect philanthropists to fund activism

    Since philanthropists are unlikely to fund anything that destabilises their businesses, building independent institutions can be an effective approach to create lasting impact.

  • Five steps to put the RMG sector back on track

    Recent figures show the export of ready-made garments (RMG) from Bangladesh during the first four months of the current fiscal year (FY2019-20) fell by 6.67 percent to USD 10.5 billion. Knitwear exports for the four months fell 5.73 percent to USD 5.5 billion, while woven garments exports fell 7.67 percent to USD 5 billion.

  • The Rohingya Quandary

    The Rakhine State of Myanmar was historically the Arakan Kingdom, a prosperous state spanning western Burma to parts of the Chattogram Division.

  • Of tears and desperation

    People are rightfully angry, and it makes sense. Onions hold an indispensable connection with our taste buds, and therefore by extension our culture and standards of living.

  • Digitisation of land administration

    “Digital land administration is the need of the hour”—an op-ed published in The Daily Star on August 19, 2019 reiterated the age-old concern over the inefficiency of the land market in Bangladesh, leading to “unending anguish and frustration for the general public”.

  • The ‘T’s of RMG Industry

    Want to know what the next big thing will be in the global apparel industry? Well, we hear much about the issue of transparency, and in a great many cases, this is referring to the issue of apparel brands and retailers revealing the names of their manufacturing facilities.

  • Dhaka Global Dialogue: An innovative construct

    The recently held Dhaka Global Dialogue, organised jointly by the Bangladesh Institute of International and Strategic Studies (BIISS) and the Indian independent think tank Observer Research Foundation (ORF) was an innovative exercise for pursuing interactive,

  • Fake News: How to Fight It?

    For quite some time now, the term “fake news” has been the buzzword and everyone seems to be anxious about it. We often see high government officials speaking emphatically about how bad “gujob” (rumour) or fake news is for the society and how it should be eliminated for the sake of people and the country.

  • Japan-Bangladesh ties: Riding the next wave of globalisation

    The patterns of globalisation are changing. Global cross-border flows—of trade, capital, knowledge, resources, transportation and culture—are shifting towards Asia. By 2040,

  • Why does India’s media cover some rapes extensively and ignore others?

    Does the media contribute directly, or indirectly, to distorting our understanding of the reasons for the increasing violence against women?

  • Policies to protect privacy and data

    The first industrial revolution was triggered by the steam engine, whereas the second and third ones were driven by mass production and the microprocessor, respectively.

  • Why RMG sector needs a change of mindset

    “Change will not come if we wait for some other person, or if we wait for some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.”

  • NRC and the larger crisis brewing in Assam

    Ecent developments surrounding the controversial National Registry of Citizens (NRC) in Assam have made many extremely worried across borders in Bangladesh and India regarding the future of Bengali Muslim settlers and Hindus alike.

  • Sans civil and political rights, development is incomplete

    The traditional notion of development encompasses a set of economic development indices that can arguably create enabling conditions for the fulfilment of many economic and social rights.

  • Bottlenecks facing Bangladesh’s export sector

    Export-led growth in Bangladesh has been largely fuelled by an abundant supply of low-cost labour and duty-free access to the EU and US markets.

  • The nation seeks official list of martyred intellectuals

    To this day the nation does not have a list of intellectuals abducted and murdered by the marauding Pakistan army and their local henchmen who joined in the plunder, genocide, and rape during the brutal birth of Bangladesh in 1971.

  • Law needs RTI-defenders

    The global excitement about Right to Information (RTI) appears to be on the wane. Instead of facilitating citizens’ role to monitor public work by accessing official documents, governments are resorting to procedural and other hurdles to curtail the reach of the law.

  • To Atiq a freedom fighter

    I remember before the war,

  • Unfulfilled dreams of a victorious nation

    Another Victory day has come, the 48th in the history of independent Bangladesh. Considering the short span of our life, we have travelled quite a distance from 1971.

  • Disability-inclusive development: Our path to prosperity

    The World Bank has recently launched the Bangladesh Poverty Assessment 2019 report that highlights remarkable progress the country has made in terms of reducing poverty and combating extreme poverty.

  • Rohingya genocide: The Gambia’s fight for humanity

    When almost all the countries are silent about Myanmar’s genocide in its Rakhine state and the Rohingya crisis in Bangladesh, a western African country, The Gambia,

  • Improving the process of our urban development

    In building urban infrastructure and services, we are faced with a huge challenge of meeting the demand created by increasing rate of urbanisation in Bangladesh.

  • India’s NRC and the new Citizenship Law are fraught with ramifications

    Protests against a divisive new citizenship law began to rage in the northeastern states of India (Assam, Tripura, Meghalaya, etc.) on December 11, 2019 when the BJP-led Hindu nationalist government won parliamentary approval for the new citizenship law.