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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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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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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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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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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