12th Anniversary Special (2nd issue)

Demo(n)cracy, (mal)development and (in)justice

Demo(n)cracy, (mal)development and (in)justice

The present Bangladesh regime, despite plunder-friendly policies and high corruption and grabbing, uses rhetoric of ‘the spirit of the liberation war’ as its shield. The spirit of liberation war means people’s power, equality, democratic institutions, sovereign…

Development as freedom

Development as freedom

Of the development theoreticians who have articulated the fact that economic development and political democracy is inseparable, one is impossible without the other, Amartya Sen, a Bangladesh-born Indian Nobel laureate economist…

The cases of heritage in Bangladesh

The cases of heritage in Bangladesh

DEMOCRACY is not only about coexistence and peace. The history suggests that conflicts, differences, (and violence) are part and parcel of any democracy and democratisation process, in spite of the normalised and taken for granted assumption about the essential entanglement of peace, coexistence and democracy…

Did Bengali nationalism ever exist?

Did Bengali nationalism ever exist?

In 1971, Bengali Muslims displayed that their Hindu counterparts were perhaps right that a common Bengali nationalism did not exist but took them along to increase their support. The divisions were deeply entrenched into perceptions of livelihood and even life…

Effective democracy needs people’s participation

Effective democracy needs people’s participation

The way development is taking place in Bangladesh goes against the spirit of democracy, against the aspiration of the people in Bangladesh and against the existence of the country as an independent nation…

Democracy isn’t only limited to voting rights

Democracy isn’t only limited to voting rights

When a large section of people remains undeveloped or underdeveloped, they do not have real democracy. Democracy is not limited to only voting rights or rights to free expressions and associations although these are also important requirements of democracy…

Good governance must for sustainable development

Good governance must for sustainable development

The ruling Awami League and its partners claim these days that economic development is more important than political democracy. Do you agree?…

In need of drivers to steer the wheel

In need of drivers to steer the wheel

New Age: The ruling Awami League and its partners are claiming these days that economic development is more important than political democracy. Do you agree?…

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