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  • Protecting our rights and freedoms

    The people of Bangladesh recognise that their basic rights and freedoms—the very things people fought for during the independence struggle—are now being threatened by the powers that be.

  • Bijoy 1971: The story of agony and ecstasy

    It was one of those hot and humid July days in Dhaka. The year was 1971 and I was only 19. Dhaka was no longer a city of delight since the war of liberation against Pakistan had begun.

  • Cooperation or interference: MP's role in local government

    In the era of modern statehood, the concept of Local Government (LG) has been indispensable in lessening the burden of the central government in service delivery.

  • What we need is a strong electoral system

    It is the month of December, our victory month, and this is when we remember all the martyrs and the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman who fought all his life to establish a democratic, free and just society.

  • Leading by inspiration

    The nation is now in the grips of another approaching election. A flickering hope among many is for an inspirational leadership that energises, enthuses, and leads competently, and with good intentions to touch the lives of the people of Bangladesh.

  • Westminster model and its democratic dilemmas

    Apart from its contribution to civilisation in the form of the English language, the great civic legacy of the Anglo-Saxon tradition, emanating from the British Isles is said to be its political system.

  • Don't leave behind coastal districts

    The Election Commission (EC) has declared the schedule of the eleventh national elections—the election will hopefully be held on December 30, 2018. The ruling Awami League has drafted its manifesto with a “forward-looking vision”, which is to be unveiled by December 15.

  • The distinct experience of being a woman MP in Bangladesh

    In our upcoming parliamentary election on December 30, 2018 more women MP aspirants have shown an interest to take on a legislative role than ever before (more than 50 from each alliance).

  • What makes an election free and fair?

    Elections in a democratic system are vital and in order for the elections to be fair, it is important to examine whether the voters are

  • Upazila chairman's National Election Contest

    Electoral integrity matters

    The Election Commission (EC) had announced the schedule for the 11th parliamentary election on November 8, 2018 and shifted the poll date from December 23 to December 30, 2018 as the opposition BNP and the newly formed alliance Jatiya Oikyafront decided to hold a couple of rounds of dialogue with the government. Most of the important demands of Oikyafront remain unfulfilled.

  • BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia

    Is Khaleda Zia qualified to contest the upcoming election?

    On October 28, Khaleda Zia was convicted and sentenced to seven years' imprisonment in the Zia Charitable Trust corruption case.

  • What constituents expect from MPs

    I have been engaged in carrying out research on representation and MPs' work with citizens in their constituencies since the 90s. This has led me to write this piece on understanding whether our MPs' roles and responsibilities are truly rooted in constituency service or cultural and societal aspects.

  • The RPO and the president's role

    Surprising as it may seem to many, President Abdul Hamid has legal authority to play a significant role in ensuring that the next parliamentary election is held in a free and fair manner.

  • The charade of Myanmar's 'political will'

    The atmosphere filled with outrage and calls for justice for the Rohingya people a year ago seems to have largely subsided.

  • SC verdict offers a solution

    The root of the present crisis over the parliamentary polls lies in the Supreme Court's verdict on the 13th constitutional amendment case which declared the election-time non-partisan caretaker government system unconstitutional. And the solution to the crisis, to a large extent, also lies in the SC verdict.

  • Who is ahead in electoral politics?

    So far, ten parliamentary elections were held in Bangladesh, of which three—the 1988 election during the Ershad regime, the February 15, 1996 election under the BNP government, and the January 5, 2014 election under the Awami League-led Grand Alliance government—were one-sided.

  • Living in the la-la land of rumours

    Rumour is the new buzzword in Bangladesh's political lingo after it was thrust back into the limelight in October when students launched a nationwide movement for road safety. Since then, the government has launched a crusade against rumours, going to great lengths to monitor and suppress them.

  • A good election is the best medicine

    Authoritarian governments should consider holding fair elections.” This intriguing comment by Mike Touchton, a professor of political science at Boise State University of Idaho in USA, is certainly worth pondering about. But why should such governments consider doing such a thing? “It just might invite more prosperity,” he explains in an article on the subject.

  • 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.

  • Bangladesh Civil Service Bill 2018

    Are some more equal than others?

    The civil service bill placed in parliament on Sunday with a provision to shield government employees from arrest by police in cases filed against them on charges of criminal offences committed in connection with their duties, raises question if political memories are really wafer thin.

  • All that glitters is not gold

    On September 19, 2018, over the vehement objections of civil society and media representatives, the Parliament passed the Digital Security Act, 2018. The concern is that it is a draconian law which will impede freedom of expression, including individual and media freedom.

  • Mass disenfranchisement as grand strategy?

    On July 30, in a massive official drive in the north-eastern Indian state of Assam to segregate “the illegal infiltrators” from legal citizens, a list depriving over four million people of the right to live in the country was made public.

  • Where do we stand in democratic governance?

    This is a very interesting year for democratic governance in Bangladesh. The national parliamentary elections will be held at the end of 2018. The last national elections, in 2014, was mired in violence and was controversial in many sense.

  • Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid talks on free textbooks distribution

    Go back to classes, Nahid urges again

    Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid again urges the students to back to classes.

  • Why facing the voters is important for democracy

    The year 2018 is one of elections. A total of five city corporation elections are to be held this year, of which elections in Khulna and Gazipur have already been held.

  • Five features of controlled election

    Judging from the May 15 election in Khulna, and the Gazipur city corporation election on June 26, five distinct features of a controlled election have emerged.

  • The EC can be the difference

    Notwithstanding the serious questions raised about the credibility of Khulna and Gazipur city corporation elections, we had in the recent past free and fair elections in Narayanganj, Kumilla and Rangpur cities.

  • Some insights into Gazipur Elections

    The good thing about Gazipur City Corporation polls is that it was peaceful and no incident of casualty was recorded which is rare in our election history.

  • Too late for Myanmar to avoid internationalisation of Rohingya crisis

    The Myanmar government announced on May 31 that it will establish an independent commission of inquiry to investigate human rights violations and related issues following attacks by the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA) on Myanmar security posts in August last year.

  • Rudy Giuliani and Trump

    Kim Jong Un begged for summit: Trump attorney

    Donald Trump's attorney says North Korean leader Kim Jong Un begged "on his hands and knees" for a summit with the US president, The Wall Street Journal reports on Wednesday.