The taboo on the ‘third’ force vs. the public intellectual

March 18, 2012
Rubana Huq
The taboo on the ‘third’ force vs. the public intellectual

I refuse to believe that we can’t change the scene. I refuse to believe that Bangladesh is a coin with only two sides to choose from. I refuse to toss anymore. If Asif Nazrul, an avid nationalist and a member of the Law faculty
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Treacherous weather of democracy

March 5, 2012
Rubana Huq
Treacherous weather of democracy

“I am justly killed with mine own treachery”. — (Claudius, in Hamlet) The weather is treacherous and the weather teases us with unpredictability. In spite of meteorologists predicting with a high degree of certainty whether it will rain tomorrow, in reality,
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The extended kinship of the political families

February 21, 2012
Rubana Huq
The extended kinship of the political families

Today is a day of mixed emotions. I watched all my favourite faces go up on the stage and receive the Ekushey Padak. Ironically Foyez Ahmed, the veteran journalist and the freedom fighter chose to die on us today.
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Politics of the apparent truths

February 11, 2012
Rubana Huq
Politics of the apparent truths

The country seems to be breeding the spoilt, the blind and the insane. The latest report from the BSF has identified Yakub Ali, who is only 25, of Keragachi village, and Abdul Hamid, 30, of Sharsha of Jessore as criminals.
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A garment-wallah’s perception of the McKinsey growth myth

January 30, 2012
Rubana Huq
A garment-wallah’s perception of the McKinsey growth myth

I lag heavy suitcases from one continent to another, helplessly looking for a helping hand to ease my strain of pulling the two suitcases one after the other from the luggage belt. Over the years, my back has had multiple nerves impinging on it, causing crucial pain and spondylitis accompanied by a muscle spasm...
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Borders of blood

January 22, 2012
Rubana Huq
Borders of blood

Apparently they fire “criminals violating border norms”, said the BSF DG in 2010. These incidents are normal, happen all the time and the state has no serious concern about this, says the LGRD minister of the ruling party.
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Aren’t we teaching violence, after all?

January 3, 2012
Rubana Huq
Aren’t we teaching violence, after all?

Violence in the Universities is becoming “dudh-bhaat”. I apologise for the lack of equivalence of this Bangla expression, but such indeed is the case.
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Desh in 2011

December 28, 2011
Rubana Huq
<em>Desh</em> in 2011

Every Shab-e-Barat, I used to hear my dad say, “Oh! It’s going to be the same old wine in a new bottle. So while you pray, even if you are faintly happy with what you have experienced last year, just put your palms together and say: Ditto.
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In fear we live, in fear we breathe

December 8, 2011
Rubana Huq
In fear we live, in fear we breathe

Contrary to Nietzsche who had once complained that the world had lost its charm, as people did not fear enough, today, we think otherwise. Today, we have too many fearful photographs in the media to be charmed by…
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I do? Or, I don’t? : The 21st century marriage myth

November 29, 2011
Rubana Huq
I do? Or, I don’t? : The 21st century marriage myth

A young man running on the treadmill next to me was violently testing his limits at the highest pace possible for 5 minutes and then ceasing the session to work with his dumbbells for the next 5 and then returning to the machine to resume his workout. Compared to him, I looked like a...
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Top 10 public perceptions of the day (off the record though…)

November 20, 2011
Rubana Huq
Top 10 public perceptions of the day (off the record though…)

There is nothing like being part of a political adda. These addas provide ample content for reflection. These addas also reflect public perception. What are the top ten perceptions that haunt the common people today?
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Noor Hossain: Resting or turning in his grave?

November 10, 2011
Rubana Huq
Noor Hossain: Resting or turning in his grave?

Marium Bibi, Noor Hossain’s mother lost her son 24 years ago. In an interview with a local English daily, she had said: “It is hard for any mother to lose her son. But I have no sorrows…I am proud of Noor”
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The move of morality or complicit indifference?

October 31, 2011
Rubana Huq
The move of morality or complicit indifference?

The Narayanganj City Corporation Election appears to have been a fair prelude to the final scene. Read between the lines: an enraged Chief Election Commissioner threatening to confront the government for not having sent the army to the polling scene;
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“Mr. Political Will” versus “Mr. Disconnect”

October 24, 2011
Rubana Huq
“Mr. Political Will” versus “Mr. Disconnect”

“India is a great neighbour”; “China is a great market”; “The region should try being inward looking”; “Oh! But manufacturing cost in China is high and they must buy from us!” “Ah! Garment exports posted 42.49 per cent growth in the 11 months of the current fiscal year!” All these form a part of...
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Wake up Bangladesh

October 17, 2011
Rubana Huq
Wake up Bangladesh

Inflation is kissing the Everest; stock market slump has forced investors to fast unto death (breaking news alerts of today are prompting one face saving measure after the other); the foreign secretary is comparing his own body weight to the United States’ stance on Prof Yunus; army is being deployed as a safe striking...
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