Bloggers (Asif and the likes): An emerging third force in politics?

October 16, 2011
Afsan Chowdhury
Bloggers (Asif and the likes): An emerging third force in politics?

A quiet revolution is taking place in Bangladesh. In the recent days, the blogosphere as a tried and tested weapon of the citizen not under the control of the state authorities or untrustworthy politicians has made its presence known. After many a summer, there is a definite whiff of optimism in the air as...
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The Persona affair: Are CCTV cameras about privacy or consent?

October 4, 2011
Afsan Chowdhury
The Persona affair: Are CCTV cameras about privacy or consent?

One of the top beauty parlours of Bangladesh, Persona is in the spotlight and a spot of bother too. There has been an allegation that CCTV cameras were recording how the beautiful ladies of Dhaka were making themselves more beautiful in the spa.
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Is there a case for banning Jamaat-e-Islami?

September 29, 2011
Afsan Chowdhury
Is there a case for banning Jamaat-e-Islami?

Awami League leader Md. Nasim has said something many may soon start saying: Ban Jamaat-e-Islami from Bangladesh politics. This mood is increasing in the wake of the War Crimes Tribunal and Jamaat’s mounting aggressive strategy.
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The ex-chief justice, the ex-PM and that ‘ghoosh’ in the middle

September 15, 2011
Afsan Chowdhury
The ex-chief justice, the ex-PM and that <em>‘ghoosh’</em> in the middle

Khaleda Zia’s allegation against the ex-chief justice Khairul Haque that he took bribes to pass the 15th amendment which ended the caretaker government system has caused great hullabaloo as expected. Leaders and politicians from both sides are making statements against each other adding a lot more heat.
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Dear Manmohan Singh…

September 5, 2011
Afsan Chowdhury
Dear Manmohan Singh…

Dear Manmohan Singh, welcome to Bangladesh. This welcome is not just on behalf of one hospitable people to another but also to the prime minister of the country that matters most to Bangladesh.
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Posted in Development, Economy, International, Politics | 15 Comments »

Pakistan in 1971: a state without intelligence

December 9, 2010
Afsan Chowdhury
Pakistan in 1971: a state without intelligence

Pakistan in 1971 represents the ultimate unintelligent state in action. Its actions were largely determined by decisions taken by its army and intelligence agencies. It is ironic that such army decisions were some of the most stupid ones ever taken by any state and ultimately caused the end of Pakistan as it was born....
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A brief political history of my beard

August 31, 2011
Afsan Chowdhury
A brief political history of my beard

My beard and I have been together for 40 years since it sprouted on my face. We had a relationship for a year when 1971 intervened but were later united after the war. There is nothing other than affection and laziness between us but over time I have noticed how my beard has developed...
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Tareque, Mishuk — this is no way to go …

August 14, 2011
Afsan Chowdhury
Tareque, Mishuk — this is no way to go …

My heart is rent as I write this piece. Two of our own, Tareque and Mishuk, are gone so cruelly. Both, along with three others, died in a road crash on their way to Dhaka from Manikganj. How does one console or comfort oneself when death comes this way?
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The Economist story: A simple insult or a warning?

August 12, 2011
Afsan Chowdhury
The Economist story: A simple insult or a warning?

The Economist of London ran a story in which it said that the Awami League won the last election with the help of Indian advice and bags of cash. Unless there is smoking gun evidence against the allegation, this story will be considered one of the bottom points of journalism anywhere.
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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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Did Twitter slay Murdoch’s News of the World?

July 16, 2011
Afsan Chowdhury
Did Twitter slay Murdoch’s News of the World?

Rupert Murdoch, the world’s most powerful media tycoon is himself making news — news he could do without. A man whose style of business has made him a very rich, powerful and much despised, he is now fighting for the survival of his empire.
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Viqarunnisa incident: Child sexual abuse needs desperate attention

July 11, 2011
Afsan Chowdhury
Viqarunnisa incident: Child sexual abuse needs desperate attention

A girl of class X was sexually abused by a Viqarunnisa Noon School teacher. Parimal Joydhar has been taken in remand under the Women and Children Repression Prevention Act after the incident was reported by the father of the victim.
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The 15th amendment: Restoration in, caretaker system out, and political jhogra imminent

July 4, 2011
Afsan Chowdhury
The 15th amendment: Restoration in, caretaker system out, and political jhogra imminent

The 15th amendment to the constitution is done which achieves, after three decades, high symbolism by restoring the four fundamental principles of the 1972 constitution i.e. nationalism, socialism, democracy and secularism. The same 15th amendment has also put an end to the non-partisan caretaker government system, the electoral facilitation tool which had made the...
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Children of greater gods: Is Coco really to blame?

June 29, 2011
Afsan Chowdhury
Children of greater gods: Is Coco really to blame?

It is easy to blame children of gods when things are down. Take the case of Coco, Zia’s youngest son who has recently been convicted of money laundering and sentenced to jail. No one thinks that the children of our gods are prisoners of the same history that made their parents divine in the...
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Rumana abuse, domestic violence and the male perspective

June 22, 2011
Afsan Chowdhury
Rumana abuse, domestic violence and the male perspective

The act of violence on Rumana Monzur by her husband Hassan Syed who tried to gouge her eyes out and tear her lips has aroused both rage and disgust. Bangladeshis all over the world have condemned the act. Some are contemplating actions to help such victims in future. The accused husband, after he was...
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