Political stability remains elusive

November 23, 2011
NM Harun
Political stability remains elusive

The litany of grievances against the Hasina government is long. But the issues of governance, vital though these are, will not necessarily determine the course of politics. Constitutional politics in the country is imperilled from the beginning by the absence of a viable party system.
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Divisive politics and BNP’s predicament

October 13, 2011
NM Harun
Divisive politics and BNP’s predicament

Seven leaders of the Jamaat-e-Islami and BNP are now under trial or detention or free on bail on charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity committed during the Liberation War in 1971. Khaleda Zia calls them “political prisoners” and demands their release. She has also vowed to “throw away” the Constitution. The BNP...
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Special relationship with India restored

September 9, 2011
NM Harun
Special relationship with India restored

Hope, expectation, satisfaction, disappointment –– such words are used to express emotions and sentiments.
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Eid-at-Shaheed-Minar is crass opportunism

August 29, 2011
NM Harun
Eid-at-Shaheed-Minar is crass opportunism

The practising Muslims and also the non-practising Muslims will celebrate their biggest religious festival, the Eid-ul Fitr, within a couple of days. Even atheists, who were born in Muslim families, will habitually participate in the Eid festivities –– they may not attend Eid congregations as a religious duty but will nevertheless enjoy the attendant...
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Politicians, fend for yourselves

July 31, 2011
NM Harun
Politicians, fend for yourselves

The political arena is full of confusion. But, as it is said, out of chaos comes order, so politics will hopefully take shape out of the current confusion.
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Fifteenth Amendment introduces fusion of ideologies

July 7, 2011
NM Harun
Fifteenth Amendment introduces fusion of ideologies

A notion about Bangladesh has been created over the years that the nation is condemned to watch a monotonous one-act drama –– the power struggle between the Awami League and the BNP. This colours the current debate on the Fifteenth Amendment to the Constitution and the focus is hence on the dispute regarding the...
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Celebrating legal victory over the counter-revolution

January 19, 2011
NM Harun
Celebrating legal victory over the counter-revolution

Prime minister Sheikh Hasina marked the second anniversary of her present government with an address to the nation on January 6. It was a routine exercise highlighting her achievements in governance. Leader of the opposition Khaleda Zia joined issues with the PM and trashed the speech.
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