Archive for July, 2011

On my father’s birthday….

July 30, 2011
Moutushi Islam
On my father’s birthday….

The lines around her cheekbones and forehead have grown deeper in the past months. Her eyes speak emptiness and look exceptionally quiet. A defined dark patch is now visible around those eyes. The thick black hair has turned grey and I have not seen that bright red dot (teep) in between her eyebrows...
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Politicians, fend for yourselves

July 31, 2011
NM Harun
Politicians, fend for yourselves

The political arena is full of confusion. But, as it is said, out of chaos comes order, so politics will hopefully take shape out of the current confusion.
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Weapon of mass destruction, sorry distraction!

July 29, 2011
S. N. M. Abdi
Weapon of mass destruction, sorry distraction!

A young Pakistani woman has given more joy to Indians than any visitor from Islamabad in a long while. The beautiful Hina Rabbani Khar came, saw – and conquered! She has flown back to her country which has fought three and a half wars with India.
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Style versus substance – an old conundrum

July 29, 2011
Ramya Sarma
Style versus substance – an old conundrum

The Indian media has been buzzing madly with news and views on the visit of Hina Rabbani Khar to India. She landed at Delhi airport a few days ago with all the noise and fanfare that only a young and good looking woman from a traditionally male-dominated country with a history of hostility with...
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“I ain’t indigenous” – reflection of a Bengali

July 28, 2011
Wasfia Nazreen
“I ain’t indigenous” – reflection of a Bengali

Once upon a time, the British called us ‘blacks’, and then later the Pakistani Army called us ‘inferior race.’ Time passes, it is 2011. As International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples approaches again this year, Bangladesh is stuck in a quicksand ditch trying to figure out ‘who’ the Adibashis or indigenous of our...
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What happens if the US defaults?

July 28, 2011
Arshad Mahmud
What happens if the US defaults?

As you’ve already noticed, the whole world is now focused on what happens on Aug 2 when the deadline for raising the United States current debt limit of $14.3 trillion expires. Tension is mounting all across largely because what happens in the world’s largest economy has implications for many countries including Bangladesh, which exports...
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Escape from Pakistan

July 27, 2011
Khademul Islam
Escape from Pakistan

In November of 1972 we escaped from Pakistan to Bangladesh. After Pakistan split apart like an overripe fruit in 1971 we Bengalis trapped in Pakistan had to get out. Official repatriation to Bangladesh seemed remote and in Pakistan there was increasing talk of herding Bengalis into detention camps.
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Bangladesh repays a debt

July 25, 2011
Dipu Moni
Bangladesh repays a debt

The occasion is momentous. We are honouring a friend who played the most critical role amongst all our foreign friends in our nation’s journey to Statehood. Smt. Indira Gandhi changed the course of events in the fateful months of 1971 and, with the support she gave to our embattled people, the People’s Republic of...
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Bangladesh honours Indira Gandhi’s 1971 war

July 25, 2011
Afsan Chowdhury
Bangladesh honours Indira Gandhi’s 1971 war

The decision to award Indira Gandhi, PM of India in 1971 is a very positive one. It recognises her role as an ally in Bangladesh’s war of independence. The award not only recognises her role in that critical year but also recognises the close proximity of two histories, Indian and Bangladeshi.
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The moral off switch

July 25, 2011
Frank Domenico Cipriani
The moral off switch

I remember the exact instant I realised that my morality had an “off” switch. I was an administrator at a night school, which was in a dangerous neighbourhood. I stepped outside to take my break and enjoy the evening air. As I leaned against a wall, a man in his 30s approached me, and...
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Nesbo’s Norway

July 24, 2011
Hasan Zillur Rahim
Nesbo’s Norway

An extremist decides that multiculturalism is diluting Norway’s “pure” race and undermining its Christian character and so goes on a rampage. He belongs to a small group of fascists who cannot escape from the prison of Norway’s past and wreaks vengeance on those he considers responsible for selling his country’s soul to the unwashed...
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Off the mark: Black economy and black money

July 23, 2011
M A Taslim
Off the mark: Black economy and black money

During the penultimate hours of the final budget deliberations, where black money whitening was on the card, the Minister of Finance revealed a startling finding from a little-known study that between 45 to 81 percent of the GDP of Bangladesh is derived from black economy.
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A state in crisis

July 23, 2011
Asif Farooq
A state in crisis

Pakistan as a sovereign state is a geographic reality dictated by its boundary, but its internal and external strategic policy indicates that it is no less than a state in serious crisis. Furthermore, the identity that Pakistan as a country enshrines since its conception has become contorted as much as it remains an unfinished...
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The new ‘Iron Lady’ comes to tea

July 23, 2011
Ramya Sarma
The new ‘Iron Lady’ comes to tea

She came, she saw, she spoke and she conquered a few sceptics with her neat logic and undoubted enthusiasm. But Hillary Clinton’s main strength is perhaps her genuine interest in my country, India. She was here earlier this week, speaking of many issues that concerned not only India and the United States as friends...
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Why India is unable to extradite its most wanted men

July 21, 2011
S. N. M. Abdi
Why India is unable to extradite its most wanted men

I won’t be surprised if Prime Minister Manmohan Singh wants to know why India so often fails to secure the extradition of criminals who slip out of the country. It is worth constituting a high-powered government panel to find out.
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