Deaths unforeseen: The killing fields of Bangladeshi roads

August 20, 2011
Adnan Morshed
Deaths unforeseen: The killing fields of Bangladeshi roads

Let me start by saying bluntly that prime minister Sheikh Hasina should fire communications minister Syed Abul Hossain for his utterly poor performance. This would have happened in any rationally thinking countries.
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A post-Dhaka Bangladesh

June 16, 2011
Adnan Morshed
A post-Dhaka Bangladesh

I have made it a ritual to examine Dhaka while flying above it every time I return to the capital city from abroad or, domestically, from Chittagong. Hovering over the city, before touchdown, the plane enables an omniscient aerial eye to see how the city is growing like an octopus — the tumult of...
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Ahmad and the unskilled labour market

May 28, 2011
Adnan Morshed
Ahmad and the unskilled labour market

I was returning to Washington from a whirlwind trip to Bangladesh. When I boarded the plane in Dhaka, I found myself sitting next to Ahmad, a 23-year lad from a little village called Nalakhala in Faridpur. He came to Dhaka a few days ago for his trip and stayed with his sister in Kalyanpur,...
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The mother sublime

May 7, 2011
Adnan Morshed
The mother sublime

Every year around Mother’s Day, I find myself looking for films that portray most introspectively the concept of the mother. My all-time favourite is Soviet director Grigori Chukhrai’s Ballad of a Soldier (1959), an existential film about a mother’s love and yearning for his son, an adolescent Red Army soldier. Set during World War...
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The BGMEA Tower mystique

May 1, 2011
Adnan Morshed
The BGMEA Tower mystique

The recent saga of the BGMEA Tower is no less an epitome of our national narrative. Read the 15-storey building’s brief and immodest history and you get an illuminating window into our judicial quandary, inefficient urban governance, incoherent environmental policies and, of course, the inexhaustible culture of influence-peddling.
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“Yunusgate”

March 6, 2011
Adnan Morshed
“Yunusgate”

This piece is not about whether Grameen Bank’s management practices have been lawful or not, nor is it about idolising Muhammad Yunus as the saviour of the poor. Instead, this piece is simply about the way the Government of Bangladesh is handling the status of Grameen’s founder (and his perceived threat for the ruling...
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Arial Beel’s Versailles moment

February 8, 2011
Adnan Morshed
Arial Beel’s Versailles moment

I have to acknowledge that I felt deeply conflicted about the proposed airport project at Arial Beel. On the one hand, in the age of globalisation and global mobility an airport is after all the de facto gateway to a country. That crucial first impression is made at the airport. The poorly designed and stinking...
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A sociology of Dhaka’s traffic congestion

January 31, 2011
Adnan Morshed
A sociology of Dhaka’s traffic congestion

Traffic congestion has become, alas, an iconic image of Dhaka and the hot-button issue in any dialogue on urban affairs. Recommendations that are typically offered, however, hinge on the flawed idea that there is a quick technical fix (for instance, a fly-over or an elevated expressway). Sure, there could be multiple technical approaches, but...
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