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  • Sinha Saga: More questions than answers

    The statement by the Bangladesh Supreme Court, issued a day after Chief Justice SK Sinha left Dhaka for Australia on “leave”, raises questions one can hardly avoid.

  • Good men should not be quiet spectators

    As the crowd builds of those telling their story, we see a picture of real life begin to emerge. A critical mass is growing that proves how much goes wrong when people can act with impunity in a culture of silence.

  • Yes, #MeToo

    As an avid social media user, I have posted thousands of status updates, ranging from complaints about mom's food to sophisticated words about issues I care about. In most cases, I don't think twice before posting something; and I am pretty vocal about social issues. But I thought of a thousand things before I wrote #MeToo in support of a campaign to raise awareness about sexual harassment.

  • Living dangerously

    There are times when I feel as though I'm living in a lunatic asylum where sanity is an expensive commodity. And common sense is not only not common, it is an aberration. I keep getting this strange feeling especially when I'm on the road.

  • Call-out culture: doing more harm than good?

    It's no surprise that vigilantism has found its way onto the Internet, namely social media. There's an argument to be made that sometimes it does help to take matters into our own hands, for example when dealing with a problematic individual...

  • Case for a UN Interim Administration in Rakhine

    The situation has been further aggravated by the fact that host Bangladesh is itself a poor country, with a high population density, and that the country's southeast region is not the most geographically accessible area, with hilly terrains and lack of proper infrastructure.

  • The lost purpose of education

    The University of Dhaka has long prided itself as the premier educational institution of our country. Since its establishment in 1921, it has come to be known as the oldest modern university in Bangladesh, making significant intellectual contributions to the country providing education to over 30,000 students.

  • The never-ending gridlock

    Many visitors to Bangkok have described it to be one of the most congested cities due to its traffic situation. Even CNN and BBC have rated this city as the most horrible to travellers. But I would beg to differ.

  • Option for “no votes” and credible elections

    The term “no votes” is defined as the “option to choose not to vote for any political candidate in an election”.

  • Rohingya Repatriation: Is Bangladesh falling for Myanmar's ploy?

    In 1978, two hundred and fifty thousand Rohingyas were forced to take shelter in Bangladesh due to government backed dispersion and eviction from their homeland. Bangladeshi authorities at the time initially sought to solve the problem by taking bilateral diplomatic initiatives, but Myanmar did not heed any diplomatic call.

  • PayPal

    When PayPal didn't come to town

    If there were anything that our growing number of IT freelancers would die for, it would be PayPal, one of the fastest, easiest and most popular online payment systems in the world.

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    "Khamarbari"— destruction of a heritage site

    Imagine yourself in the year 1905. Governor General Lord Curzon has just implemented the Partition of Bengal. Curzon Hall and the Supreme Court were yet to be built.

  • In search of the “bad” men?

    Only a few weeks ago, the #MeToo campaign conquered social media. It took just a few hours to spread and become global with women around the world, including almost every woman I know, adding their names to the movement.

  • Shrinking Spaces

    November has arrived. I have been looking forward to November since I came back mid this year. It is the month when rays of light fall differently on your face, sound travels differently, sunshine thins, and the mist thickens.

  • It's time to talk about privilege

    Yes, the unequi-vocal consensus is that as far as privilege in the societal sphere goes, being white, or part of a majority, firmly positions a person at the top of the ladder.

  • Transparency: What does it mean for the apparel industry?

    A news item that probably did not get much attention in Bangladesh media was an announcement in The Hague that an international court has accepted a case against two well-known fashion brands in March 2018.

  • Airports and our flight of fancy

    Bangladesh seems to be in two minds when it comes to sorting out its priorities with regard to airports. On the one hand, there is the lucrative prospect of having new airports.

  • Urban Chaos

    Urban Chaos

    Last week, at a conference about urban development hosted by World Bank, almost all the municipality mayors of Bangladesh were present to share their experiences with experts and mayors from different other countries.

  • How Bangladesh is solving its water crisis

    Abdur and Abdul Gain are standing in lungi outside their homes, surveying the vegetable garden and bald fruit trees that were descimated by seawater during flooding last year.

  • Preserving integrity of the electoral process

    The media in Bangladesh has traditionally played a pivotal role in all of our great national movements.

  • Auschwitz, horrors of war and present day

    The bright, sunny day and blue sky seemed a little out of place as we strolled around in the infamous concentration camp in the Polish town of Oswiecim.

  • Why the Accord will be here until 2021

    In the wake of the Rana Plaza building collapse—the deadliest disaster in the history of the global garment industry, in which 1,134 workers were killed—three initiatives were launched with the purpose of averting further industry...

  • Dhaka Attack of another kind

    While this year's hit Bangla movie Dhaka Attack was running to packed audiences, there was another kind of attack going on in the heart of Bangladesh's 400-year-old capital city.

  • The Disappeared

    The statistics, the names, the stories continue to pile up, an almost “normalisation” of the crimes taking place—anyone, doing anything, might disappear. Until one day, until this time, it is one of our own.

  • Culture, US Bangladeshis and the next generation

    When Bangladeshis move abroad, they take with them a little piece of Bangladesh in their hearts.

  • Unjoking the jokes for a very serious nation

    Bangladesh is the name of a serious nation. I could say “dull” but that would be a misnomer. We are not dull because sometimes we're capable of demonstrating a perfect understanding of the importance of not being dull. We know a

  • The psychology behind communal attacks

    Bullying is an interesting, unique and complex form of interpersonal aggression. It is a distinctive pattern of harming and humiliating others, especially those who are in some way smaller, weaker, younger or in any way more vulnerable than the bully.

  • Simple technology for a modern Bangladeshi court

    Modern technology, like the internet, has dramatically changed the modes of retrieving information. We expect faster outcomes with less effort. As a result, every sector is being modified to adapt to the changing society.

  • The democracy vs development debate

    A dichotomy can be defined as the presence of two alternatives that are jointly exhaustive (only these two alternatives, and no more than these two, exist) and mutually exclusive (the existence of each alternative excludes the other).

  • Looking beyond the numbers

    A teenage girl named Zannat used to come to our house in Mirpur occasionally to help my mother with household work, some six or seven years ago.