Ramu: When shame is not enough

October 1, 2012
Afsan Chowdhury
Ramu: When shame is not enough

The Ramu attack is a good reminder that Bangladesh doesn’t have the minimum commitment to protect the minorities. It was something far more than shameful as several hundred mullahs
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Posted in Communal Discord, Religious Extremism | 35 Comments »

7 lessons learnt from the Padma bridge affair

September 23, 2012
Afsan Chowdhury
7 lessons learnt from the Padma bridge affair

Now that the Padma bridge has returned, one also hopes that the lessons will be learnt as well. We were not sure what led to the World Bank rethink but it did and we are all happy.
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Posted in Corruption, Democracy | 25 Comments »

Entries don’t matter; exits do as the cabinet goes heftier

September 19, 2012
Afsan Chowdhury
Entries don’t matter; exits do as the cabinet goes heftier

Salvaging measures are on by the Awami League but the actions aren’t finding too many convinced buyers. Reshuffling the cabinet as a substitute for governance reforms has rarely if ever worked.
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Posted in Politics | 13 Comments »

The year of the thieves, the moment of despair

September 11, 2012
Afsan Chowdhury
The year of the thieves, the moment of despair

My friend the journalist/Editor, who is very well known for his many exploits, probably had it right when he said that, “corruption doesn’t matter in Bangladesh. As long as things can be done, it will be acceptable.
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Posted in Corruption | 24 Comments »

Why this hulla gulla about Yunus again?

August 30, 2012
Afsan Chowdhury
Why this <em>hulla gulla</em> about Yunus again?

The Yunus affair is back on the table once more with venom. Given that Yunus is no longer the MD of Grameen Bank this seems like a touch of overdoing unless there are other matters involved.
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Posted in Grameen Bank | 18 Comments »

Tareque and Mishuk: A year after

August 13, 2012
Afsan Chowdhury
Tareque and Mishuk: A year after

On this day a year ago, two of our dearest friends were killed in a road accident which also left three others badly injured. The grief that gripped us and the mourning that followed were sad descriptions of both our helplessness and agony.
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Posted in Road Safety | 22 Comments »

In Srabon I remember the Shohagpur massacre of 1971

July 30, 2012
Afsan Chowdhury
In Srabon I remember the Shohagpur massacre of 1971

It was 10th of Srabon 1971. “I came out and saw the army. They wanted to go inside. I put my hands up like this and said there was no one inside. They flung me away into the yard and dragged my husband and son outside. They shot them both right there, there.”
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Posted in 1971 | 13 Comments »

Humayun Ahmed: When the author and the reader became one

July 23, 2012
Afsan Chowdhury
Humayun Ahmed: When the author and the reader became one

Humayun Ahmed’s body belonged to the writer but the soul belonged to us. The man who for nearly four decades had painted with words the middle-class sensibilities of an entire people has passed away.
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Posted in Literature | 55 Comments »

The autobiography of an unknown Bangladeshi

July 15, 2012
Afsan Chowdhury
The autobiography of an unknown Bangladeshi

This is an amazing book because although it is the tale of the most successful Bengali politician of all times, it is one of the simplest stories told. The lack of pretension and straightforwardness of the narrative is humbling.
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Posted in History, Literature, Politics | 8 Comments »

No ‘Bridge’ over troubled waters?

July 2, 2012
Afsan Chowdhury
No ‘Bridge’ over troubled waters?

The World Bank’s refusal to fund the Padma Bridge construction on grounds of corruption is the proverbial shit hitting the fan. The World Bank says that it had asked for action on ‘corruption’ relating to this case
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Posted in Corruption | 16 Comments »

Denying Rohingyas: Not in our name

June 17, 2012
Afsan Chowdhury
Denying Rohingyas: Not in our name

The image of a Rohingya man pleading to be allowed into Bangladesh from Myanmar with folded hands and a weeping face says it all. But what the image doesn’t say is that the family was refused entry and they moved on to another destination, most probably the one they were trying to escape.
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Posted in Human Rights, Politics, World | 52 Comments »

Sagar-Runi murder case, Mahfuzur Rahman and a place called Bangladesh

June 10, 2012
Afsan Chowdhury
Sagar-Runi murder case, Mahfuzur Rahman and a place called Bangladesh

The ugly smell from the Sagar-Runi murder case continues to rise and it’s probably going to get much worse. This painful, unsavoury and ultimately cruel episode refuses to die down no matter how much it is tried by the powerful.
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Posted in Law and Justice, Politics | 22 Comments »

Viva Nishat, viva Wasfia!

May 26, 2012
Afsan Chowdhury
Viva Nishat, viva Wasfia!

How many countries in the world can claim that two of their daughters separately conquered the Everest within a span of a single week? None. But Nishat Majumder and Wasfia Nazreen did it.
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Posted in Achievement | 26 Comments »

How the BNP-AL soccer match nearly saved Bangladesh

May 21, 2012
Afsan Chowdhury
How the BNP-AL soccer match nearly saved Bangladesh

Sheikh Hasina has said that she knows how to control those who want to agitate for elections under a caretaker government. In response to that the BNP leader Barrister Moudud Ahmed has said that they also know how to get their demands met.
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Posted in Satire | 14 Comments »

Ilias call home

May 15, 2012
Afsan Chowdhury
Ilias call home

For a few hours last Thursday, many people who heard the news that someone had called from Ilias Ali’s phone were enthralled and excited.
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Posted in Uncategorized | 31 Comments »

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