Off the mark: ‘Middle’ isn’t middle

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Nothing catches on like a catchy phrase; it serves to both focus and deflect attention. Of late the phrase ‘middle income country’ seems to have caught the imagination of an important section of the people. Policymakers at the highest level, and lesser mortals, have repeatedly expressed their firm resolve to work towards turning Bangladesh into… Read more »

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Politics of hartal, politics with hartal

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The politics of hartal — brutal government suppression of street level opposition cadres, mass arrests of opposition activists, police raid and blockade of opposition offices — is back. Also back is the cycle of confrontation and unending hatred. Two hartals took place last month. The media was overwhelmed with anti-hartal sentiments expressed from all sections… Read more »

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