The Third Law

October 23, 2012
Irfan Chowdhury
The Third Law

To every action there is always an equal and opposite reaction, proposed Sir Isaac Newton in 1687. Scientists, engineers or philosophers have used this dictum to further research and innovation
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Lie truthfully

October 8, 2012
Irfan Chowdhury
Lie truthfully

When we give evidence in court, we swear to tell the truth; when we marry, we vow to remain truthful; when we vie for jobs, we are supposed to provide true information
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Rape: There is nothing ‘legitimate’ about it

September 17, 2012
Irfan Chowdhury
Rape: There is nothing ‘legitimate’ about it

The word itself, or mere utterance of it, can run the most fearful shiver through a timorous spine. Take any instance, imagine it in any context: male-on-female, male-on-male, female-on-female, animals, insects, birds, it can only depict macabre savagery
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Cat and mouse

August 23, 2012
Irfan Chowdhury
Cat and mouse

In recent weeks two stories hogged the attention of world media. They are remarkably similar, displaying power’s ability to squash.
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Let’s break this paradox

August 5, 2012
Irfan Chowdhury
Let’s break this paradox

It was a chilly winter morning in early 1993. Overawed by its imperious location in the capital’s educational precinct, I arrived in the compound of Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology to take part in the entrance exam.
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The pen is mightier, if it chooses

July 16, 2012
Irfan Chowdhury
The pen is mightier, if it chooses

Gina Rinehart, an Australian mining billionaire and apparently the world’s richest woman, recently acquired a decisive shareholding in the country’s largest media outlet, Fairfax Media
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Following the herd

June 21, 2012
Irfan Chowdhury
Following the herd

Bribery and corruption are hard to eradicate, they are as old as human history. In different shades, they exist everywhere. Human predisposition to temptation is recognised in all religions
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Are we free to imagine?

June 4, 2012
Irfan Chowdhury
Are we free to imagine?

Do you sometimes wonder what makes you happy, other than your dearest and loved ones? Being happy can have a powerful effect on individuals as well as on the wider nation.
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Love and hate relationships

May 19, 2012
Irfan Chowdhury
Love and hate relationships

Is it really possible to love and hate something simultaneously? How often do we see couples fume one moment and be affectionate the next? Do we have moments when we feel utter dismay towards our parents yet love them?
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It’s that time of the cycle again

May 10, 2012
Irfan Chowdhury
It’s that time of the cycle again

Once again, we read that things are hotting up in the political sphere, as if to keep up with the unbearable summer. Many people in the country suffer from the incessant load-shedding, boundless inflation, endemic unemployment and corruption that is exacerbated by recent Hartals.
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What’s in an accent?

April 26, 2012
Irfan Chowdhury
What’s in an accent?

Those of you live in North America and in the United Kingdom are perhaps most familiar with varying accents with which English is spoken, where the same words are pronounced in different ways, making them almost unfathomable to unexposed ears.
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Inequality, an imperfection we continue with

April 11, 2012
Irfan Chowdhury
Inequality, an imperfection we continue with

Some of my happier school holidays were spent in a hilly Chittagong village where my grandparents lived. Morning fog, palm juice, winter harvest, grazing cattle, mud houses, rides on bullock carts
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Time to lookout for our ‘Imran Khan’

March 29, 2012
Irfan Chowdhury
Time to lookout for our ‘Imran Khan’

I ended my last opinion piece with a wish that democracy would re-emerge and that there would be a way out of the perpetual impasse caused by two-party politics. You may be wondering how? And where would we find a messiah, who would help us to end our misfortune?
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Democracy: Yearning for a second coming

March 13, 2012
Irfan Chowdhury
Democracy: Yearning for a second coming

Not quite four years ago, then Presidential hopeful, Barak Obama told Americans, “Yes I Can” and with the rest of the world, they watched his ascendancy to the presidency, as accolades poured in from every corner.
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The East, the West and the in-betweens

February 12, 2012
Irfan Chowdhury
The East, the West and the in-betweens

“East is East, and West is West, and never the twain shall meet” is a famous line from Rudyard Kipling‘s poem the ‘The Ballad of East and West’. I was frequently quoted this line in my youth, whenever I tried to emulate western lifestyles.
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