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Is 'politics' a dirty word?

Is 'politics' a dirty word?

With no democratic student governments in private universities, what recourse do students really have?

No country for indigenous women
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No country for indigenous women

Indigenous women suffer discrimination on multiple fronts—as women and as minorities

  • Sorry, a gentle soul

    All we did was give him a shelter. But what Sorry probably valued most was the love he got from so many in the Asiatic family and from Joynal, his caretaker.

  • Recognising the voices

    Even though the first voice-over was given in the 1900s, it took a while for it to be recognised as a skill.

  • In search of Heidi, eating my way through bits of Bhutan

    The Proustian punch of eating food that stirs a nerve is something I have always been on a quest for.

  • Saved by the plastic. Really?

    In this damp hell, our only refuge is in carrying plastic bags.

  • 'I only feel good when I'm playing the guitar'

    There is nothing dark in Zeheen's room. Nothing that reflects the heavy weight of grief that engulfs those he has left behind.


    With cities, it is as with dreams: everything imaginable can be dreamed, but even the most unexpected dream is a rebus that conceals a desire or, its reverse, a fear.

  • Humans for sale

    Human trafficking in Bangladesh has taken a turn for the worse

  • Are the students collateral damage?

    We are accustomed to students protesting to postpone their exam dates. This time, however, students of seven government colleges took to the streets demanding the announcement of exam dates and timely publishing of their results.

  • What is really killing the children of Tripura Para?

    Forgotten by healthcare workers for seven years, 10 children in Sitakunda died from a disease that takes a single shot to prevent.

  • Peoples' master plan for a livable future

    The National Committee to Protect Oil, Gas, Mineral Resources, Power and Ports is proposing the “Peoples' Master Plan for Power and Energy (2017-2041)” as an alternative to the government's master plan.

  • Jane Austen's words, in numbers

    Jane Austen is seeing something of a revival, if that can be said of an eternally popular writer, this year.

  • ­­­­­Somewhere I belong

    I happened to discover Linkin Park at a time when I struggled with severe depression, yet had no friends or resources that could help.

  • A light dimmed, a friend buried

    Today we break the mould of satire and really talk because it seems we need to.

  • Translating Donald speak

    Translating Donald Trump is, well, an awkward process. After all, the president of the free world has about as much respect for basic grammar, word choice and sentence structure as he does for immigrants, women and the environment.

  • Lost at the Prague Castle

    Many say that travelling makes you free, educates you, creates a bigger network that one can benefit from and of course, learn about a foreign culture. I would agree with all that, and add, however, that it also makes you think.

  • Bed-rest in the time of chikungunya

    On the last day of Creation, God decided it would be a great idea to make a vile introduction into the thoroughly unprepared world of men, a bug so unfathomably useless in the ecosystem of life that its only role would be to spread chaos or, at best, mild irritation.


    “Solitude gives birth to the original in us, to beauty unfamiliar and perilous - to poetry. But also, it gives birth to the opposite: to the perverse, the illicit, the absurd.”

  • What about justice for the unheard?

    It is a long and difficult struggle for persons with intellectual, hearing and speech disabilities

  • The never ending cycle

    From January 2012 to June 2017, a total of 388 incidents of violence against domestic workers have taken place, and, of them, only 161 cases have been filed.

  • Korail slum dwellers: Perenially punished

    As the government reportedly speeds up the construction of an ICT Park in Korail slums, the locals are worried that they may no longer have a roof over their heads.

  • After the carnage

    On the evening of July 2, Zubin, a 30-year-old HR Manager, was on his way to his friend's house in Paltan when an SUV, owned by a high court judge, travelling on the wrong side of the road rammed into his bike and sent him flying.

  • The enduring charm of 'potchitro'

    For nine generations the Acharya family has depicted rural Bengal in their scroll paintings in a dream-like setting, where life was simpler but in no way easy.

  • 'The Handmaid's Tale' is a dystopia all too familiar

    The television adaptation of Margaret Atwood's 1985 novel, The Handmaid's Tale, is perhaps more hyperrealist than dystopian.

  • A walk in the wake of destruction

    In all likelihood these [the rings] are fragments of a former moon that was too close to the planet and was destroyed by its [Saturn's] tidal effect...

  • Take a bow, break a leg, and stop the show

    Different plays have different curtain calls. One thing is common though—we invariably take the bow in an expression of our humility.

  • Why heavenly Bosnia deserves to be your next travel destination

    Rich in history and natural beauty, the country is relatively cheap to travel across.


    “Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience.”

  • A demographic time bomb?

    According to the latest figures released by the Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics (BBS), around two million youths of working age are unemployed. Young university graduates are struggling the most to secure employment.

  • The school across the river

    Every time the weather takes a turn for the worse, school-going children in the haor are among the first to be affected.

  • Did UNESCO really “endorse” Rampal coal plant?

    A draft resolution adopted as amended by the 41st Session of the UNESCO Heritage Committee contradicts the claim made by the foreign ministry that the Committee “endorsed” the construction of a coal-based power plant at Rampal near the Sundarbans.