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  • We have enough to destroy but not enough to save lives

    The COVID-19 pandemic has once again exposed our soft underbelly, particularly of the richest and the most militarily powerful countries in the world.

  • Student politics and Ducsu: O tempora o mores!

    It is not hard to detect the deep sense of remorse in the writer of the article, “Incubator of democracy or lessons to subvert it?”

  • The battle for India’s soul

    It couldn’t have been less propitious a time for US President Donald Trump to arrive in Delhi on the final leg of his 36-hour visit to India. Some parts of Delhi were burning as riots broke out in northeast Delhi.

  • Don’t take voters’ apathy lightly

    ndifference and apathy are even worse than hatred. And when those are directed to a system rather than an individual, it is dangerous and ominous, even more so when its significance is either not comprehended or disregarded wilfully.

  • A recipe for further conflict

    Like many of President Trump’s actions in the last three years, the recently rolled out “Deal of the Century” is a farce. The so-called peace plan was crafted by the President’s son-in-law over the last three years, drawn up without the participation of the only other stakeholder—the Palestinians.

  • Promises, promises and more promises

    The Dhaka city mayoral elections may be local but they nevertheless evince keen interest at the national level because of the symbolic value that the office of the mayors carry with them.

  • Iran Attack

    Trump may start a war with Iran but can he end it?

    Did Donald Trump really mean what he said—that it was to prevent war, and not make one, for which a top Iranian military commander was hit in Baghdad on his instructions?

  • Who will rid us of the syndicates?

    We are in the clutches of syndicates whose pernicious presence pervades almost every walk of our life.

  • The answer is blowing in the wind, my friend

    Readers might be wondering why I chose this line from the famous song immortalised by Bob Dylan and Joan Baez as the heading of this article.

  • One good turn deserves another

    I venture to pen my thoughts on an issue knowing fully well that a recent Facebook posting critical of the Indo-Bangladesh MoU which allows India to draw water from the Feni River to the tune of 1.82 cusec, cost the life of a Buet student at the hands of some reprobates belonging to the BCL cadre.

  • Casino Bengal and a deep-seated malignancy

    What we have wit-nessed over the last week, namely, the “discovery” of a large number of casinos, is another instance of the prevalent corruption in, and of, our society. While we have often heard the prime minister expressing her resolve to make the country

  • Republics under threat, globally

    Even the most powerful democracy in the world, whose values had instigated coining of the term “American Exceptionalism” exemplified by the ideals of individual rights and freedom in America, is witnessing a sort of redux of absolutism forcing many to query whether we are seeing the beginning of the end of democracy in that country.

  • ERSHAD: A mixed legacy

    There are certainly many better persons than I who can assess former President HM Ershad more insightfully and, perhaps, more eloquently.

  • US-Iran: It is for US to halt the negative spiral

    One was willing to credit Trump with some degree of sanity when he rescinded the order to retaliate with force against Iran, till he chose to go for new sanctions.

  • Modi’s victory: A win for far-right Hinduism

    Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has returned to power with a renewed mandate, with more seats and even more percentage of votes. Apparently, Modi’s policies have gone down well with the public as the margin of win on both the counts of number of seats and percentage of votes received, which rose by nearly 33 percent compared to 2014, shows. So, what does another five years of BJP mean for the internal politics of India and its external relationship with its neighbours and the rest of the world?

  • Will the hawks in Washington win?

    It is very apparent that President Trump is blowing hot and cold in the same breath on Iran. While one moment it seems that he has climbed down from his high horse on the Iran issue, the next moment he threatens Iran with dire consequences. His confusing stance indicates an ambiguous mind, his actions not a product of rational process of thought but of a mind pulverised by arrogance and clogged by preconceived notions about international issues, particularly Iran and the Middle East.

  • Jatiya Sangsad

    BNP's hard choice: To join or not to join?

    Understandably, the local leaders of the BNP are finding themselves in Hamlet's shoes having to decide on the next course of action as regards the five of its party men who created a unique record of getting elected, i.e. to join or not to join the parliament?

  • Home Minister, Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal

    Caught between 'crossfire' and 'self-defence'

    The greatest gift that a government can earn for itself is the trust of the general public. And the best way to do so is to be transparent on matters of grave public concern and come clean on any policy failures.

  • press freedom

    Surrender of the fourth estate?

    The media has been looked at both with derision and awe for its capacity to influence the public mind and hold the authority to account. It has also been accused of “misinforming” the public and overplaying its role.

  • Can citizens' expectations from the police be met?

    It was absorbing to read the very insightful article by an esteemed columnist of this newspaper entitled, “A citizen's expectations from the police.”

  • Education doesn't make girls 'disobedient'

    There are many reasons that have been offered from time to time and over the ages by a section of the Muslim clergy to keep women ensconced within the four walls of the house, but never has one heard such a comment that girls should not go to school because doing so would make them “disobedient”. This comment was uttered by the head of Hefazat-e-Islam (HI), a person who is known to be well-versed in various aspects of Islam. And that is what makes the statement all the more surprising.

  • Boycotting parliament is not the answer

    Despite all the shenanigans that had been resorted to, to win the election, we will have a new parliament for another five years.

  • It may amount to a pyrrhic victory

    I had concluded my previous column with the assessment that the Awami League would in no way countenance a situation where the BNP secured the second highest number of seats so that it could not lay claim to being the opposition in the parliament.

  • The field is as level as the Martian surface

    There is only one political party in the country that understands and indulges in professional politics. It can think and plan ahead to achieve a predetermined objective (perpetuation of power).

  • When tamarind tastes sweet

    Religion-based parties have a canny method of making political space for themselves and becoming a part of the mainstream political system eventually.

  • Free the transport sector from the vices of the most powerful syndicate

    Our trans-port sector can never become what it really is supposed to be—an important people-friendly service provider. That is unless the sector is freed of the political grip influencing, running and shielding it. And that, perhaps, is a tall order.

  • Bangladesh Government give out Mother of Humanity social welfare award in every year

    It is better to talk to each other than at each other

    Nelson Mandela had once said that dialogue is the most powerful weapon at one's disposal. Yet it is surprising to see how often we have abjured the path of discourse and allowed short-sightedness to influence our decisions.

  • The EC should be beholden to the people only

    Clearly, there is an absence of sync in the EC, and a palatable lack of internal organisation. Firstly, it seemed unnecessarily evasive about the date of the election.

  • One can't choose one's neighbours

    “We make our friends; we make our enemies; but God makes our next-door neighbour.”

  • Can the government afford another 5th January?

    On the face of it everything looks set for the upcoming general election. The quinquennial event, which is sometimes a put-on to remind us that we are living under a democratic dispensation, is likely to be held at the end of December.

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