Politics of hartal, politics with hartal

December 5, 2010
Rumi Ahmed
Politics of hartal, politics with hartal

The politics of hartal — brutal government suppression of street level opposition cadres, mass arrests of opposition activists, police raid and blockade of opposition offices — is back. Also back is the cycle of confrontation and unending hatred. Two hartals took place last month. The media was overwhelmed with anti-hartal sentiments expressed from all sections...
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It’s not personal

November 28, 2010
Rumi Ahmed
It’s not personal

The manner in which the leader of the opposition and former prime minister Khaleda Zia was evicted from her cantonment residence was outright shocking to most observers of Bangladesh politics. Not only the physical eviction itself, but the way the opposition leader was literally pushed out of her home of 38 years by an overwhelming...
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Can AL finish what BNP started?

March 26, 2010
Rumi Ahmed

If one asks BNP activists to say a few things about Ziaur Rahman, it will be difficult to find many who know more than two words, “Swadhinotar Ghoshok”. Since Zia’s death, his own political platform has been in power longer than any other political party. Yet there has been a miserable failure in projecting...
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Campus: Activism or hooliganism

February 25, 2010
Rumi Ahmed
Campus: Activism or hooliganism

These days, on 14th February, Valentine’s Day is celebrated in Bangladesh with great fanfare. Students as well as their elders use much energy and ingenuity to express their love for the close ones. As a student in the 1980s, I had no clue what Valentine’s Day was. But for many of my generation, 14th...
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