Opinion | The Daily Star
  • Cruelty before sacrifice

    Dhola Babu was the most prized possession of cattle farmer Abdus Sabur. At only two-and-a-half years, Dhola Babu, the Friesian bull had gained a staggering 1200 kilograms of muscle.

  • 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.

  • Let's talk about sex(uality), not police it

    It's time to talk about sexuality. A few years ago, during the Rubel-Happy scandal, when Rubel was accused of sexually assaulting Happy,

  • Where rapists do not fear to tread

    News stories of two young women accusing the son of a well known jewellery store and one of his friends, of raping them at a hotel in Banani after a birthday party, are doing the rounds, evoking all sorts of reactions among the public.

  • A Year on the Run

    “I might not come back. I'm afraid. You had to flee from one place to another out of fear of being slaughtered by the extremists. If something like that happens again, I don't have the strength or ability to do things like you.”


    Being a single working women and a regular commuter in this city, I often have to deal with sarcastic debates on why there should be reserved seats for us.

  • Should Bangladesh do more to support the Palestinian cause?

    The Palestinian struggle for independence bears some resemblance to ours, but Bangladesh's support for their cause dated back to its ...

  • American Muslims Must Stop Apologising

    I had recently been asked to give a talk about “being an American Muslim in the United States.” Although wary of the uses and abuses of the term, I obliged.

  • Why higher minimum wage is also a woman's issue

    International Women's Day is just around the corner. Every year this day brings with it a fresh calculation of the triumphs and losses of the women's movement.

  • ‘I Am Not a Feminist'

    There is a lot of contemplation over this word. Whether it is what it means in the books, or whether each person modifies it according to their own needs, the ideology behind this word always seems to be up for grabs for each person who claims they are or they are not one.

  • Our Silence on Police Brutality

    On 26th January, 2017, different socio-political organisations -- mostly backed by the left wing political parties -- called upon a strike in protest of the construction of the Rampal power plant.

  • History Teaches Us Nothing

    27th January, 1945. Victorious Soviet troops entered into a deserted and destroyed the Polish town Auschwitz.

  • NCTB's Textbook Blunder: A Loss Hard to Recover

    A major success that the Bangladesh government can boast about is the distribution of millions of copies of textbooks to school children on the first day of every New Year.

  • Trump's America 101 for the Developing World

    It was nearly midnight when we finally conceded to the fact that Donald Trump is the President-elect of the United States.

  • Save the Rohingyas: Why and How to move Forward

    November 12, 2016. Two helicopter gunships of Myanmar's armed forces emptied their rocket pods and machine guns into tiny villages of Rohingya Muslims at the country's Rakhine state, killing hundreds of the villagers and making thousands of them homeless refugees.

  • Attacks on religious and ethnic minorities: The Price paid by the innocent

    We were mercilessly flogged; our houses were burnt and bulldozed over. They looted everything - our last valuables and also our food.

  • Beginning of Reality

    It was the end of the Second World War. Bennito Mussolini's government collapsed in 1943 and with it fell down the glorious Italian film industry.

  • Suraiya Akter Risha


    Fourteen-year-old Suraiya Akter Risha was just another Dhaka teen – a happy child who would plan a fun weekend with friends and family members, a top achiever at school, maybe even a crazy cricket fan and a music lover – she was just another girl from next doors.

  • Ghatak’s Glimpse into the future

    Ghatak’s Glimpse into the future

    We live in a materialised world where our lives revolve around technology. From reading books to means of communication, every little aspect of our lives is slowly being controlled by the machinery we build.

  • A demand for present situation!

    Theodore Roosevelt warns, “To educate a man in mind and not in morals is to educate a menace to society.”

  • Let's Not Forget Her Cry

    An old man of around eighty years of age is often seen crying. Sitting at the balcony of their small apartment, the heartbroken old man is waiting, in vain, for his only granddaughter—who was raped and killed four months ago. “I believe Tonu has not died.

  • Why do people not quit tobacco smoking?

    Globally, the tobacco epidemic is considered to be the most prominent preventable cause of death, responsible for taking lives of an

  • Muchkund Dubey and Hindi translation of Fakir Lalon Shah's works

    I have read reports in The Daily Star as well as in the Prothom Alo about a discussion held in Dhaka on 27th March 2016 by

  • Of Rape and Selective Outrage

    ‘It could've been my sister, it could've been my mother, it could've been me'. Every time the media reports on a story of a woman's rape,

  • How to Kill a Language

    In a couple of days from now, the country will commemorate the day lives were lost in 1952 to preserve the Bengali language and, more

  • Things I didn't know about Journalism

    What do you think about journalism? Reporter collects information, interviews sources, sorts the information and then the final copy of

  • Cha-erDokaan, On the Other Side of the World

    It had been almost a year and a half since I had been home. Home, noun- the place where one lives permanently, especially as a

  • The Bangladesh We Speak of, 45 Years on

    Picture a scenario where Mustafizur Rahman, the mercurial new addition to the Bangladeshi cricket team, claims a hattrick in the penultimate over of a game...

  • The Birth of a Panopticon State

    When the Awami League came to power in 2008, it was amidst the backdrop of a real possibility of military rule entrenching once ...

  • Bangladesh's Day of Infamy

    November 3, 1975. At around 4 am some soldiers with full combat postures demanded entrance into Dhaka Central Jail. Seeing the armed men, the baffled jail officials, called the then Deputy Inspector General of Prisons (DIG, Prison) Abdul Awal. Abdul became