Opinion

April 16, 2021
April 16, 2021

Column by Mahfuz Anam: Pay the highest respect to Bangabandhu, but don’t forget others

I remember the first time when, in utter horror, we heard the news of the assassination of Bangabandhu along with his whole family, save the two daughters.

April 9, 2021
April 9, 2021

Column by Mahfuz Anam: Lockdown chaos -- is it because we don’t value human lives?

Here we were, sailing quite smoothly after the first wave of the pandemic and congratulating ourselves for having “handled” it well. Even the WHO paid us compliments. But suddenly, within a few...

April 2, 2021
April 2, 2021

Column by Mahfuz Anam: The trouble with our only other neighbour

Myanmar is our only other neighbour, with India being the overwhelming first. To the credit of our policymakers, we have tried our best to maintain good relations with Myanmar notwithstanding their...

March 26, 2021
March 26, 2021

Column by Mahfuz Anam: Celebrating our ‘activist museum’

It was extremely bold as a vision, highly ambitious as a project, without parallel in scope, crucial in terms of fulfilling a need, exemplary in its execution and unprecedented as a private project...

March 19, 2021
March 19, 2021

Column by Mahfuz Anam: What got us here will not take us there

My generation and others close to it formed the bulk of the Mukti Bahini in 1971. The majority of Dhaka University students of the time were an integral part of it, as it was my distinct privilege.

March 12, 2021
March 12, 2021

Column by Mahfuz Anam: A self-defeating obsession with ‘image’

At 50, it’s time we acted in a manner that reflects a confident country, not one that is nervous and insecure fearing that the slightest criticism will cause us harm.

March 5, 2021
March 5, 2021

Column by Mahfuz Anam: Why is personal freedom such a plaything of the law enforcers?

Isn’t personal freedom one of the most cherished and universally celebrated principles of our civilisation? Isn’t guaranteeing this freedom the most sacred task of a modern state?

February 26, 2021
February 26, 2021

Column by Mahfuz Anam: Restoring Jatiya Sangsad’s moral high ground

In the recent past, our honourable members of parliament have been known more for their legal actions against journalists—first under the ICT Act, then the Digital Security Act (DSA)—than for any...

February 19, 2021
February 19, 2021

Column by Mahfuz Anam: Some comments require clarification

We commend the army chief, General Aziz Ahmed, for having the moral courage and fulfilling his duty to explain to the public, through a press gathering, his own position regarding the recent media...

February 12, 2021
February 12, 2021

Column by Mahfuz Anam: Snapshots from the past, thoughts for the future

Thirty years ago, the coming together of a regionally famous editor and a near-novice at journalism along with some visionary investors—Azimur Rahman, AS Mahmud, Latifur Rahman, A. Rouf Chowdhury,...