INDEPENDENCE DAY SPECIAL 2015

Intransigence, thy name is politics

Intransigence, thy name is politics

THE nation celebrates its 45th Independence Day in great fear and anxiety. The opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party’s spates of hartals (general strikes) and non-stop oborodhs (blockades), accompanied by incidence of hurling of petrol bombs on public transport…

1971 and the present crisis

1971 and the present crisis

Is there any link between the history of 1971 and the present situation?
NOT directly but history is a process, a continuous journey and 1971 was a product of the previous history and the events afterwards, that is now, are a product of 1971…

Spirit of liberation war betrayed

Spirit of liberation war betrayed

AS WE observe the 44th anniversary of Independence Day on March 26, we see no light at the end of the tunnel, no sign of ending the latest political crisis and violence that began on January 5…

Living at the masculinist orgasmic moment of annihilating hatred

Living at the masculinist orgasmic moment of annihilating hatred

IT IS March 19, 2015 today. When I am writing this short note, my Facebook notification feeds are being flooded by the expressions of anger, angst, horror, disgust, fanciful hope and distrust through mocked trolls, both sharp…

Settling for more than lesser evil

Settling for more than lesser evil

PEOPLE in the country are in a bit of a catch-22. For most people who claim to believe in the ideals of democracy, it is difficult to condemn the violence triggered by the Bangladesh Nationalist Party and its partners’ blockade…

Escalation of political violence and fear of ‘power-politics’ in Bangladesh

Escalation of political violence and fear of ‘power-politics’ in Bangladesh

IT IS very urgent that the leaders of the two major political parties in Bangladesh answer to the genuine questions raised by the people living in extreme fear, insecurity and frustration because of the current political crisis…

Political conflict and the development question in Bangladesh

Political conflict and the development question in Bangladesh

THE cyclical nature of confrontational polity in Bangladesh, even after 44 years of independence, brings home the question of ‘development problem’ anew…

Size matters

INDEPENDENCE — how do we understand it? I will lay out one way of thinking about the concept of independence at the risk of being called linear or nerdy…

Premises on question of political crisis

Premises on question of political crisis

TODAY’S Bangladesh faces political crisis as scores of news reports and views claim [an end-note to this article cites headings/summary/part of a few of those], and today’s Bangladesh doesn’t face political crisis as one can claim…

The simplest things are the hardest to say

The simplest things are the hardest to say

THIS is the 44th anniversary of our independence. Over the years we have made notable progress in specific economic and social areas, posting numbers we can be justifiably proud of…

The fallout of Islamisation of state

The fallout of Islamisation of state

If the brutal murder of Avijit Roy allegedly by a group of Islamist extremists was indicative of the growing intolerance of free thinking in our society, the onlookers’ role reportedly played by the people and policemen present…

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