Zeeshan Khan

Knowing thyself

February 23, 2012
Knowing thyself

Muslim culture in India has a uniformity about it that even reaches into regions you might not expect it to. Friends of mine from Hyderabad, and deeper south have an Urdu cultural orientation that is present even as close to home as Bihar. Read more »

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Afsan Chowdhury

Language ‘pollution’, court orders and that thing called freedom of expression

February 21, 2012
Language ‘pollution’, court orders and that thing called freedom of expression

Few Op-eds have been as successful as Prof. Manzurul Islam’s recent one in which he said that ‘language pollution’ was as destructive as “river pollution.” The High Court took cognizance of the post Read more »

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Rubana Huq

The extended kinship of the political families

February 21, 2012
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. Read more »

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Adnan Morshed

Bangladesh at a crossroads?

February 18, 2012
Bangladesh at a crossroads?

Recently, I spent more than three months in Bangladesh. At the risk of sounding boastful, I had in mind the Frenchman Alexis de Tocqueville’s travelogue Democracy in America (appearing in two volumes in 1835 and 1840) as a prop to observe and understand the country. Read more »

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Matiur Rahman

Morbidities in Bangladesh stock market: Are they curable?

February 15, 2012
Morbidities in Bangladesh stock market: Are they curable?

In relative terms, the overall Bangladesh economy is faring well as compared to many developing countries during the period of ongoing severe global recession. Thanks to a low extent of international financial interconnectedness. Read more »

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Irfan Chowdhury

The East, the West and the in-betweens

February 12, 2012
The East, the West and the in-betweens

“East is East, and West is West, and never the twain shall meet” is a famous line from Rudyard Kipling‘s poem the ‘The Ballad of East and West’. I was frequently quoted this line in my youth, whenever I tried to emulate western lifestyles. Read more »

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Bernd Debusmann

Betting on Syria’s Assad staying in power

February 17, 2012
Betting on Syria’s Assad staying in power

In mid-December, the U.S. State Department’s point man on Syria, Frederic Hof, described the government of President Bashar al-Assad as ‘the equivalent of a dead man walking.” Read more »

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Afsan Chowdhury

Sagar-Runi murder, our hypocrisies and the fetid waters of our lakes

February 16, 2012
Sagar-Runi murder, our hypocrisies and the fetid waters of our lakes

The murder of the journalist couple, Sagar Sarowar and Meherun Runi has shaken all of us. It is not that such crimes haven’t happened before but rarely have such victims been so close to us. Read more »

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Farida Akhter

Rio+ 20: How ‘green’ is Green Economy?

February 14, 2012
Rio+ 20: How ‘green’ is Green Economy?

This June in Rio de Janeiro, the world leaders are going to meet in a summit called Rio+ 20 to mark two important events of the last two decades; the 20th anniversary of the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED), Read more »

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