When democracy appears a distant dream

December 4, 2013
MK Aaref
When democracy appears a distant dream

I don’t fall under the category of ‘Sushil Shomaj’. Therefore no reporter or TV station will come
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It’s all about lungi

April 22, 2013
MK Aaref
It’s all about <em>lungi</em>

We were preoccupied with the future of our country. The media was awash with the news of demonstrations between the fundamentalist right and the secular forces.
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Hartal diary

February 8, 2013
MK Aaref
Hartal diary

The season of hartal is upon us. Called impromptu and usually on a weekday, it is wrecking havoc with my daily life. Instead of running off to work in the morning
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In the Republic of In-Spite-Of…

May 25, 2012
MK Aaref
In the Republic of In-Spite-Of…

My parent’s generation is unique. In their lifetime, three different flags have represented their existence. First, it was the Union Jack, accompanied by the ‘God Save the King’
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Rage, riots, and the making of an unruly nation

March 11, 2012
MK Aaref
Rage, riots, and the making of an unruly nation

Something has gone totally berserk with our collective psyche. We are no longer the docile, polite society of bhodroloks anymore.
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Posted in Education, Law and Justice, Politics, Student Politics | 10 Comments »

Tongue-in-cheek approach to transit

February 3, 2012
MK Aaref
Tongue-in-cheek approach to transit

The ‘kind’ (mamata) chief minister of West Bengal has decided recently that she is not in favour of solving the enclave situation. She already showed the audacity to snub the PM of India by ‘sabotaging’ the Teesta water treaty.
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America’s Israeli conundrum

September 27, 2011
MK Aaref
America’s Israeli conundrum

The Palestinian authority applied for full recognition as a state through the UN. As anticipated, it has been opposed by both the United States and Israel.
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All it takes is two minutes…

September 19, 2011
MK Aaref
All it takes is two minutes…

The couch shook, and we ran outside. However it went on and on, reportedly for two whole minutes and yet seemed like forever. Caught in the upper levels of an apartment building, we got the feel of the swaying even more.
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Haamlas, maamlas, and kaamlas (and a bit about aamlas)

July 17, 2011
MK Aaref
Haamlas, maamlas, and kaamlas (and a bit about aamlas)

What played out on the TV screen during the recent hartal saddened me a lot. The languages exchanged between a sitting MP and the law enforcing officers were not becoming for either of them. This was not an Abhani-Mohammedan match.
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Oh why?

July 13, 2011
MK Aaref
Oh why?

“I send my son to watch a game with his friends, only to hear later that he has been killed in a freak accident”. It is what nightmares are made of, being enacted through 43 mothers in Mirsarai. It is going to trigger another heart wrenching round of soul-searching for parents who has lost their children...
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In need of our own Baron Haussmann

May 15, 2011
MK Aaref
In need of our own Baron Haussmann

The city of Paris always had a major fascination for me from an early age. Those customary pictures of my parents in front of the Eiffel Tower and the Arc D’Triomphe, it was always a city of Titans for me….no ‘gullies’, broad boulevards, monuments galore, a city of astronomical delights and also the city...
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Our ‘Yellow Dog’ jingoism

April 20, 2011
MK Aaref
Our ‘Yellow Dog’ jingoism

Years ago, as a student in the US, I came across a table in a convention…they were called ‘Yellow Dog Democrats’. Some elderly patrons even had pins with yellow dogs on it. Somewhat baffled, I finally asked what it was all about. They said they were the most ardent followers of the Democratic Party...
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Pahela Baishakh over the years

April 13, 2011
MK Aaref
Pahela Baishakh over the years

Well, the Gregorian (western calendar that we all follow) started the year Jesus Christ died, the Islamic calendar marks the Prophet (SM)’s migration from Mecca to Medina, so what happened on the first day of Bengali New Year? Apparently it is a doctored event, created by the courts of Akbar the Great to facilitate the...
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Mr. Medici, wherefore art thou?

January 27, 2011
MK Aaref
Mr. Medici, wherefore art thou?

Why is there such a dearth in public philanthropy in the arts? I am not saying that the rich of Bangladesh are parsimonious scrooges in the flesh. They are not.
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One-child policy, please!

November 23, 2010
MK Aaref
One-child policy, please!

I was reading somewhere that by 2050, our population will be 250 million. Indeed it is a huge number to deal with. At least, I certainly do NOT want to be around, surrounded by millions at this scale. I am not going to delve into some statistical exercise. There is no point in arguing about the...
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