Limon affair: Dear RAB, next time please finish your job!

June 14, 2011
Afsan Chowdhury
Limon affair: Dear RAB, next time please finish your job!

The Limon incident where a young boy was shot in the leg by RAB while the elite ‘crime fighting’ force was conducting a raid, and the national drama that followed is not about law and order but about the nature of the legal state of Bangladesh. On one side, stands the official world while...
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Posted in Human Rights | 11 Comments »

Azam Khan: our king of pop is dead, long live the king

June 6, 2011
Afsan Chowdhury
Azam Khan: our king of pop is dead, long live the king

Azam Khan is dead bringing an end to a life that symbolised his generation more than anything else. He was a cultural legend in his lifetime who achieved such a status more quickly than any other Bangladeshi. He sang of frustration and anger, in the earlier days of the ‘70s but mellowed as time...
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Posted in 1971, Entertainment | 11 Comments »

War crimes tribunal: revenge, fair trial or a big mess?

May 30, 2011
Afsan Chowdhury
War crimes tribunal: revenge, fair trial or a big mess?

Even before the trial has begun, the war crimes tribunal is threatening to become controversial. Partly because many are reading politics in the trial process while there are international concerns that the legal regime governing the trial is inadequate. Some are worried that the prosecutors may not have gotten their acts together as far...
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Posted in 1971 | 11 Comments »

The Grameen affair: time to learn lessons and move on

May 18, 2011
Afsan Chowdhury
The Grameen affair: time to learn lessons and move on

The present phase of the Grameen affair has now ended with the official probe report in and Yunus ousted from his post as the managing director. The probe report has cleared Yunus of all theft and misappropriation charges.
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Posted in Economy | 45 Comments »

India rids itself of the Reds influence, but can Mamata deliver?

May 14, 2011
Afsan Chowdhury
India rids itself of the Reds influence, but can Mamata deliver?

The Reds are out and the Green is in, in West Bengal. The Communist Party of India (M) — bastion for nearly 40 years have gone with a whimper. What began with Jyoti Basu, has finally ended with Buddhadeb Bhattachajee who has conceded defeat to Mamata Banerjee of Trinamool Congress — a thorn in...
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Posted in Politics | 15 Comments »

Osama is dead, but is the world safer?

May 2, 2011
Afsan Chowdhury
Osama is dead, but is the world safer?

Thirteen years after declaring war on America, Osama bin Laden is dead at American hands. In an operation run by American forces deep in Pakistan and next to its Military Academy, Osama died resisting. His son and few other relatives also died in the operation. Much of the world will heave a sigh...
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Posted in International | 11 Comments »

Martial law or civil law, share market thieves are above all laws

April 24, 2011
Afsan Chowdhury
Martial law or civil law, share market thieves are above all laws

How long did it take to cast aside the much awaited share market probe report and focus all attention on whether its author Ibrahim Khaled wanted martial law and why? It was a stroke of luck or brilliance on the part of the scammers to turn the tables and let everyone argue about something...
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Posted in Economy | 9 Comments »

Cricket and beyond: are we pro-Pakistani or anti-Indian?

April 15, 2011
Afsan Chowdhury
Cricket and beyond: are we pro-Pakistani or anti-Indian?

Is cheering for a cricket team a good test of the national psyche? Does the team we support indicate where our identity lies? Is that why we support Pakistan when they play, and not India? * * * During the recent World Cup, our cheering for Pakistan has caused many to wonder. After all, it’s the...
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Posted in Politics, Sport | 55 Comments »

Why does AL-BNP resemble Fakhruddin-Moeen combo?

April 4, 2011
Afsan Chowdhury
Why does AL-BNP resemble Fakhruddin-Moeen combo?

Fakhruddin-Moeen (F-M) bashing appears to be a favourite pastime of some who conveniently forget that at least for once the politicians had created such a situation that military intervention was impossible to avoid. BNP handled the caretaker government situation so bad that it ended up with Prof. Iajuddin as the president and the PM,...
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Posted in Politics | 20 Comments »

Is reconciliation with Pakistan a realistic goal?

March 26, 2011
Afsan Chowdhury
Is reconciliation with Pakistan a realistic goal?

I was recently in a conversation with Soraya Khan, the author of the Pakistani novel “Noor” which among other things describes Pakistani atrocities in 1971 in graphic details based on real life conversations with soldiers involved. It makes no excuses for the perpetrators but doesn’t demonise them and makes the conflict between a human...
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Posted in Politics | 7 Comments »

Here’s to the roaring Tigers!

March 12, 2011
Afsan Chowdhury
Here’s to the roaring Tigers!

Bhaira, please jita ja .. Shall I ever live to see such a day as the one we saw today when Bangladesh beat England! When the Tigers began things had been going well and people were expectant but nervous as usual. Everyone noticed that. The BBC live commentator said it all, ‘‘They have seen this...
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Posted in Sport | 9 Comments »

Yunus departs as the Empire strikes back

March 3, 2011
Afsan Chowdhury
Yunus departs as the Empire strikes back

It is over for Prof. Yunus at Grameen. Bangladesh Bank has done the papers and his removal is done too. He has been ousted by the government supported by all those who have been baying for his blood for years. This victory will be considered one against Yunus, Grameen Bank and microcredit to boot.
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Posted in Economy | 51 Comments »

Middle East burns

February 24, 2011
Afsan Chowdhury
Middle East burns

Middle East is in turmoil as repressive regimes finally face public accountability in the form of massive public protests. Some of these corrupt governments are also violently fighting back as in Libya and Bahrain. It is a shock to see that the entire Middle East, heart of the so-called “Muslim Ummah’’ is made up...
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Posted in Economy, International | 7 Comments »

Shakib, Team Bangladesh!

February 17, 2011
Afsan Chowdhury
Shakib, Team Bangladesh!

Let us say what we really want to say — we want Shakib Al Hasan as our prime minister, maybe even as the Chief Justice and not to mention the Chief Collector of Customs too. Let’s face it, we have no record of our PMs delivering much but here is one man who has...
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Posted in Sport | 8 Comments »

Meherjaan controversy: It’s not about the film, but about us and our history

February 6, 2011
Afsan Chowdhury
Meherjaan controversy: It’s not about the film, but about us and our history

The film ‘Meherjaan’ depicting a Bangladeshi woman’s 1971 experiences including a relationship with a Pakistani Baloch soldier has caused great controversy. Reading the reactions, it becomes obvious that it’s not about the film good or bad, but about us and our collective history, sometimes read as facts and sometimes as myths. This post is not...
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Posted in Politics | 23 Comments »

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