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Bengal in London: A new beginning

August 9, 2015
RAY
Bengal in London: A new beginning

LONDON (RAY) 5 Aug — A week ago, the mercurial Mamata Banerjee, chief minister of the eastern Indian state of West Bengal, was in London. Her visit was aimed at attracting British investment to her province, including its capital Kolkata, once the headquarters of British India and the second city (after London) of the...
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Does Bangladesh need mid-term elections?

August 8, 2015
Abdul Gaffar Choudhury
Does Bangladesh need mid-term elections?

BNP has suddenly taken a new political turn. For the longest time they have been demanding a general election to be held under a neutral caretaker government. To force the government to accept their demand, they launched two movements before and after the January 5 election in association with Jamaat. They killed people indiscriminately throughout...
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Posted in AL/BNP/Jamaat, Politics | 14 Comments »

What will the Iran nuclear deal really accomplish?

August 6, 2015
Zeenat Khan
What will the Iran nuclear deal really accomplish?

With all the hubbub of the landmark nuclear deal with Iran and the US, let us also reflect on the sheer horror of August 6, 1945 during World War II. This year will mark the 70th anniversary of America dropping the atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan. It was a direct order from US president...
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Posted in Bi-lateral Issue, Nuclear, Politics, World | 4 Comments »

The glory and the agony

July 22, 2015
Syed Badrul Ahsan
The glory and the agony

Sometime at the end of July 1975, Tajuddin Ahmad came by ominous news. Elements in the army were busy conspiring to remove the government of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. Worse, they planned to assassinate the Father of the Nation. Tajuddin, at that point outside government, having resigned in October of the previous year, rushed...
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Posted in 1971, History, Politics, South Asia | 11 Comments »

Greece’s Tsipras and Tripura’s Manik Sarkar

July 19, 2015
Saeed Naqvi
Greece’s Tsipras and Tripura’s Manik Sarkar

Upon my return from a driving trip around Europe, the front page anchor of the Indian Express caught my eye. It showed Communication and IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad in a warm handshake with the Communist Chief Minister of Tripura, Manik Sarkar, at the inauguration of an Internet Gateway in Agartala. Even more striking was...
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Cuba: On a different wavelength

June 30, 2015
Zeenat Khan
Cuba: On a different wavelength

Pico Iyer, a seasoned travel writer with his multicultural upbringing and known for his extraordinary insight and compassion,wrote in his novel Cuba and the Night:‚ÄėThe great thing about being in Cuba was that you could just screen out the rest of the world, forget everything you knew, and take a break from America. The...
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Cricket victories reflect larger resurgence of Bangladesh

June 26, 2015
Subir Bhaumik
Cricket victories reflect larger resurgence of Bangladesh

Bangladesh‚Äôs back-to-back win in two ODI cricket series against Pakistan and India within two months is no flash in the pan. And this does not prove just its emerging cricketing prowess. It is a manifestation of the all-round progress that South Asia‚Äôs youngest nation has made since Henry Kissinger sneeringly called it a ‚Äúbasket case‚ÄĚ...
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Posted in Cricket, Politics | 14 Comments »

The Awami League in our history

June 22, 2015
Syed Badrul Ahsan
The Awami League in our history

History took a new turn on June 23, 1949. There were some courageous men — Moulana Abdul Hamid Khan Bhashani, Yar Mohammad, Shamsul Haque, Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and, of course, Huseyn Shaheed Suhrawardy — whose names are today engraved in the Bengali consciousness. These men, grown acutely aware of the growing authoritarianism of the...
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Sheikh Hasina’s London visit and its political implications

June 20, 2015
Abdul Gaffar Choudhury
Sheikh Hasina’s London visit and its political implications

The Prime Minister of Bangladesh, Sheikh Hasina, came to London on 12 June 2015 and returned to Dhaka on June 18, 2015. Her six-day visit was a private one. She came to London for medical treatment and to listen to the maiden speech of her niece, Tulip Siddiq, a newly elected Labour MP, at...
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Posted in AL/BNP/Jamaat, Politics | 6 Comments »

The tortuous road to Naga peace

June 19, 2015
Subir Bhaumik
The tortuous road to Naga peace

The publicity that surrounds the success of India‚Äôs ‚Äėcross-border‚Äô strike against rebels in Myanmar cannot hide the fact that the real failure of Indian intelligence was not in predicting the possible spot of the ambush but in anticipating the emergence of a rebel coalition in the jungles of Myanmar.
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India-Bangladesh people-to-people ties stronger

June 14, 2015
Rupak Bhattacharjee
India-Bangladesh people-to-people ties stronger

One of the positive aspects of India-Bangladesh ties that deserve attention is the curiosity of the common people in each other’s matters.
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Posted in India, International, Neighbours, Politics, South Asia | 4 Comments »

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