Op-Ed

Are Modi and UPA III part of same project?

SURFING channels on August 15 to watch the spin that anchors and panels might give to prime minister Manmohan Singh’s address to the nation from the ramparts of the Red Fort, I should be forgiven for feeling a little confused. As if on wings of magic realism, I was transported from the disorderly tedium of our parliament and, therefore, parliamentary […]

August 19, 2013 · 0 comments · Op-Ed

Burka Avenger in Bangladesh: justice on the factory floor?

The women of Bangladesh whose struggles have drawn most international attention are readymade garment workers. They could be called Bangladesh’s rough analogies to Pakistan’s Malala, because, like her, they have endured enormously disturbing violence (in the form of atrocities like the Tazreen fire and the Rana Plaza collapse). If the cartoon protagonist was Bangladeshi, she might be a garment worker, […]

August 19, 2013 · 0 comments · Op-Ed

News never made money, and is unlikely to

SOMETIME in the mid-1990s, the Web began to peel from the daily American newspaper bundle its most commercial elements, essentially the editorial sections against which advertisements could be reliably sold. Coverage of sports, business and market news, entertainment and culture, gossip, shopping, and travel still ran in daily newspapers, but the audience steadily shifted to Web sources for this sort […]

August 19, 2013 · 0 comments · Op-Ed

Billboard campaigning, transparency and urban governance

JUST before Eid-ul-Fitr, the citizens of Bangladesh encountered a new form of publicity and campaign in and around the capital Dhaka by the ruling Awami League although neither any government official nor any party spokesman has yet to claim who did this. This has provided very interesting gossips and, a political topic for the talk-show hosts and guests, columnists, reporters, […]

August 18, 2013 · 0 comments · Op-Ed

John Kerry, organisation man?

The American and global political classes recognise fast, cheap communication between their subjects as the death knell for their own tenuous grip on power. The bloated, bureaucratic, hierarchal, snail-paced organisations on which states rely are no match for the distributed, networked, ad hoc organisations that the world’s masses can put together in hours and adapt to changing circumstances in minutes, […]

August 18, 2013 · 0 comments · Op-Ed

Saga of Norfolk Island

NORFOLK Island is a 14-square-mile atoll east of Australia with a population of 2,500. The island has come to the limelight when newly reinstalled prime minister Kevin Rudd was looking around in the islands around Pacific for temporary shelter for the boatpeople flocking his country as political refugees. Last year alone came ten thousands when there was already a legal […]

August 18, 2013 · 0 comments · Op-Ed

Violence and displacement in suburban Dhaka

Combination of violent rural and urban displacement has produced rings of poverty and exploitation on the outskirts of Dhaka, one of the world’s fastest growing cities, writes Shahadat Hossain BANGLADESH is currently encountering rapid urbanisation. Dhaka, the country’s capital, following prolonged rural displacement triggered by the government’s structural adjustment policies, has emerged in recent years as one of the fastest […]

August 17, 2013 · 0 comments · Op-Ed

Enough is enough

AT THE very outset, I would like to state that I am not a politician. I am not a supporter of any of the political parties in Bangladesh. I have no political dreams or aspirations. I am just one of the many Bangladeshis who left Bangladesh out of utter frustration. The professionals were never evaluated for their skill and expertise. […]

August 17, 2013 · 0 comments · Op-Ed

Who are you going to call when all the human rights defenders are gone?

It is important that all Bangladeshis in Bangladesh and globally, international human rights organisations and concerned citizens rally around Mr Khan and demand his immediate release. This is not about partisan politics, whether you agree with the work Odhikar is doing, this is about fundamental aspect of democracy, writes Chaumtoli Huq ON THE evening of August 10, human rights defender […]

August 16, 2013 · 0 comments · Op-Ed

Draft food safety law: a few thoughts

THE incumbent government has taken an initiative to pass a law in parliament with the objective to ensure food safety. The draft of the law called Food Safety Bill 2013 has already been approved by the cabinet. Different media, print and electronic, reported it, attaching a lot of importance to it. Many of them have published editorials on the proposed […]

August 16, 2013 · 0 comments · Op-Ed

In Israel, an unsettled peace process

In the topsy-turvy world of Israeli politics, it’s not the existence of the settlements, or their constant expansion, that undermines peace. It’s the attempts to curb their growth. This is like somebody blaming life-saving chemo treatments for making him sick, writes Alan Elsner ISRAELI prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu is annoyed. Before meeting visiting German foreign minister Guido Westerwelle on Monday […]

August 16, 2013 · 0 comments · Op-Ed

Sports and politics: mix cautiously

Getting away with fabrication in the internet age for political brownie points is tough, writes Towheed Feroze WE DON’T have to look puzzled at the mention of the potency of politics, generously blended with sports. When history has the record of a football war breaking out between El Salvador and Honduras, in 1969, just prior to the qualification of the […]

August 15, 2013 · 0 comments · Op-Ed

In defence of human rights activism

In a country where basic checks and balances are being eroded, with the judiciary being increasingly politicised, a small section of the media and a few organisations like Odhikar provide one of the last means of accountability, writes Chowdhury Rashaam Raiyan I WENT to my first Odhikar seminar in 2001 when I was fifteen. It was about Section 54, its […]

August 15, 2013 · 0 comments · Op-Ed

Women’s equal right to employment

An amendment to the constitution should seek women’s de facto equality, requiring the government to develop educational and employment opportunities exclusive to women, as in South Africa. In this process, equality needs to be measured by the actual ability of women, rather than only by their legal entitlements, writes Mushuda Zaman THE constitution and a range of labour laws of […]

August 15, 2013 · 0 comments · Op-Ed

America’s descent into madness

America has entered one of its periods of historical madness, but this is the worst I can remember: worse than McCarthyism, worse than the Bay of Pigs and in the long term potentially more disastrous than the Vietnam War. John le Carré AMERICA is descending into madness. The stories it now tells are filled with cruelty, deceit, lies, and legitimate […]

August 14, 2013 · 0 comments · Op-Ed

Which Buddhism will Lankan govt support?

  THE latest attack on a Muslim mosque in Colombo is a further sign that the Buddhist nationalist upsurge is continuing to grow and not diminish with the passing of time. While the police belatedly acted to bring the situation under control, its lax approach to apprehending the aggressors indicates the continuation of an apparent government policy to treat them […]

August 14, 2013 · 0 comments · Op-Ed

Transition to democracy through peaceful, neutral and credible elections, concluding part

WHETHER the elections will be held while the incumbent parliament (the ninth parliament) is in harness or after its tenure on January 24, 2014 remains uncertain. As per newspaper reports, the prime minister has indicated her willingness to amend this aspect of the constitution. But what changes would be brought about remains unknown. If election is held while the sitting […]

August 13, 2013 · 0 comments · Op-Ed

India is a regional power without a plan

Delhi has complicated its own future options and lost allies who don’t view it as a credible partner Five Indian soldiers were killed Tuesday in the Poonch sector of disputed Jammu and Kashmir. So much for the new round of round of India-Pakistan rapprochement that was supposed to follow Nawaz Sharif’s election as Pakistan’s prime minister. The Indian Minister of […]

August 13, 2013 · 0 comments · Op-Ed

Sharing Tareque Masud’s journey of struggle

I first met Tareque Masud in 2007 when he was working with the preproduction work of Kagojer Phul (The Paper Flower), based on the partition of the subcontinent in 1947. Since my childhood, I had dreamt of working with Tareque Masud and eventually I got that opportunity. The journey of Tareque Masud as a filmmaker is a strenuous journey of […]

August 13, 2013 · 0 comments · Op-Ed

Transition to democracy through peaceful, neutral and credible elections – part I

BANGLADESH is at a critical juncture in its history because of the ongoing standoff between the two major political parties and their alliances, which threatens the socio-economic fabric of the nation. Socio-economic progress of a country or a state demands sustenance of an acceptable democratic polity. Democracy thus is an important pillar of nation-building, which is why it was incorporated […]

August 12, 2013 · 0 comments · Op-Ed

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