Diamonds and social progress

June 18, 2014
Adnan Morshed
Diamonds and social progress

I was waiting for my luggage at the baggage claim of Dhaka international airport. Airports are a suitable place to examine a country’s new trends
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Posted in Economy, Poverty | 9 Comments »

Political chaos, cultural change

November 29, 2013
Adnan Morshed
Political chaos, cultural change

It is sad to see how political violence is squandering the promise of Bangladesh. Streets across the country have become the cancerous veins
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Posted in Politics | 19 Comments »

Finding a Bangladeshi hero

June 30, 2013
Adnan Morshed
Finding a Bangladeshi hero

As I was watching the head-spinning excesses of Zack Snyder’s “Man of Steel”, I kept on thinking who would be a Bangladeshi equivalent of Superman.
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Posted in Uncategorized | 12 Comments »

The follies of tadonto committees

May 13, 2013
Adnan Morshed
The follies of <em>tadonto</em> committees

There is every sign that the investigation probe of the Rana Plaza tragedy would soon enter into a no-man’s land. That means we’ll never learn the host of failures
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Posted in Disaster, Politics, RMG | 11 Comments »

The soft stories of 1971

July 7, 2012
Adnan Morshed
The soft stories of 1971

My mother-in-law passed away gracefully, on the last day of March this year, in a private hospital in Dhaka. Farida Mohiuddin fought cancer with dignity and retained her profound sense of purpose until the last minute of her life.
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Posted in 1971 | 42 Comments »

From Washington Place to Nishchintapur

December 9, 2012
Adnan Morshed
From Washington Place to Nishchintapur

The devastating factory fire at Tazreen Fashions on the outskirts of Dhaka, Bangladesh, made global news.
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Posted in RMG | 4 Comments »

Proactive environmentalism

November 20, 2012
Adnan Morshed
Proactive environmentalism

One fine day in September I had a wonderful opportunity to listen to Sir Fazle Hasan Abed in Washington, DC. He spoke most eloquently about the ways BRAC sought to change the fate of the poor in Bangladesh.
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Posted in Environment/Climate | 4 Comments »

A 21st century munajat

October 14, 2012
Adnan Morshed
A 21st century <em>munajat</em>

O dear Allah, thank you for listening to me, you are the most merciful. Please, Allah, give Muslims strength to love you instead of fearing you. Please give them courage to follow your path not because of the rewards of heaven
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Posted in Communal Discord, Human Development, Religion, Religious Extremism, Women's Rights | 26 Comments »

What if an 8.2-magnitude earthquake hits Dhaka?

May 2, 2012
Adnan Morshed
What if an 8.2-magnitude earthquake hits Dhaka?

The runway of Dhaka’s international airport was torn asunder along the axis. The damage forced all international flights — carrying emergency medical supplies, food, temporary shelters, and heavy-duty rescue machines — to divert to Chittagong and Sylhet.
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Posted in Disaster | 26 Comments »

Decoding Pahela Baishakh

April 18, 2012
Adnan Morshed
Decoding Pahela Baishakh

I was in Bangladesh on a whirlwind trip and left the day after Pahela Baishakh. Dhaka was on fire on the first day of the Bangla New Year. I crisscrossed the capital city with an anthropological interest in the people and their frenzied celebration of the day.
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Posted in Culture, Lifestyle | 6 Comments »

Cricket and nationhood

March 27, 2012
Adnan Morshed
Cricket and nationhood

Bangladesh was only three runs away from a historic victory. If post-match reactions are any indication, the nation needed this glory. There have been too few soaring moments that could galvanize the whole nation
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Posted in Cricket, Sport | 2 Comments »

Bangladesh at a crossroads?

February 18, 2012
Adnan Morshed
Bangladesh at a crossroads?

Recently, I spent more than three months in Bangladesh. At the risk of sounding boastful, I had in mind the Frenchman Alexis de Tocqueville’s travelogue Democracy in America (appearing in two volumes in 1835 and 1840) as a prop to observe and understand the country.
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Posted in Lifestyle | 10 Comments »

Occupy Narayanganj: Can the mayor-elect be the harbinger of good urban governance?

November 2, 2011
Adnan Morshed
Occupy Narayanganj: Can the mayor-elect be the harbinger of good urban governance?

There is an irresistible symmetry between the Occupy Wall Street protesters and the people of Narayanganj. Both have been underdogs in their respective political domains.
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Posted in Environment/Climate, Politics, Urbanization | 8 Comments »

A (problematic) tale of two Dhakas

October 23, 2011
Adnan Morshed
A (problematic) tale of two Dhakas

Imagine this scenario with two Dhaka City Corporations: The two elected mayors of North and South Dhaka are from the incumbent government and the opposition party, respectively. One is empowered with all of the development resources, while the other languishes with very few administrative tools to be effective.
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Posted in Urbanization | 13 Comments »

Dhaka 2044

September 4, 2011
Adnan Morshed
Dhaka 2044

Samayeen Cooper, a 14-year-old whiz kid from Boston, Massachusetts, was trembling with a great sense of anticipation! This was his maiden visit to the country of his grandparents, from his mother’s side.
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Posted in Development, Environment/Climate, Technology, Urbanization | 32 Comments »

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