“Street level bureaucracy” and corruption

January 15, 2012
Hasan Reza
“Street level bureaucracy” and corruption

A ‘missing link’ in our saga of corruption is the role played by our bureaucrats especially “street level bureaucrats”. The term “Street Level Bureaucrat” is used by Michael Lipsky, a renowned professor of social policy at Georgetown University (USA).
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Unholy ‘crusade’ against 70 million women

April 21, 2011
Hasan Reza
Unholy ‘crusade’ against 70 million women

The recent Hartal by Islamist demagogues has claimed to be tantamount to a ‘crusade’ against the ‘infidels’! Past experiences suggest that similar ‘crusades’ by the Islamist zealots have always been waged against the progressive forces of the country (such as against Taslima Nasrin, Humayun Azad and Shamsur Rahman). In the present occasion, the ‘infidels’...
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Student politics and public university

November 24, 2010
Hasan Reza
Student politics and public university

The past election victory of the Awami League alliance was followed by another event — change of status quo of the students’ political organisations in the public universities. The student organisations, Chattra Dal and Chattra Shibir were ousted from many campuses. We thought that the reign of the bullies would come to an end!...
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Foregrounding Rupganj: the civil-military relationship

November 12, 2010
Hasan Reza
Foregrounding Rupganj: the civil-military relationship

Events in Rupganj where the public and some members of the armed forces clashed are very troubling and unfortunate. What triggered this series of violent events is still murky. The media reported that the escalated tension resulted in a full-scale confrontation when the so-called “housing project for army officers” forced people to sell their...
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One person’s cause and bashing of judiciary

October 21, 2010
Hasan Reza
One person’s cause and bashing of judiciary

The recent High Court verdict has rejected the former prime minister and BNP chairperson’s plea to retain her former (since court has ruled against it) residence in the cantonment. The BNP reacted against the verdict vigorously and apparently threatened the government with street agitation and other unstated political actions to protect the chairperson’s presumed...
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