Frank Domenico Cipriani

Rizwana Hasan vs. ship breaking

August 7, 2012
Rizwana Hasan vs. ship breaking

The desperation of not being able to provide for one’s family will compel an individual to cross borders, to suffer indignities, to break moral codes, and to put one’s own life at risk. Read more »

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Irfan Chowdhury

Let’s break this paradox

August 5, 2012
Let’s break this paradox

It was a chilly winter morning in early 1993. Overawed by its imperious location in the capital’s educational precinct, I arrived in the compound of Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology to take part in the entrance exam. Read more »

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Shah Jawad Shamir

China urban slum strategy: Can it be a role model for Bangladesh?

August 3, 2012
China urban slum strategy: Can it be a role model for Bangladesh?

When I was visiting China few years ago, I noticed an interesting housing project in the outskirts of Beijing. Out of curiosity I asked my tour guide about them and to my surprise, I learned that they were slums. Read more »

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Jyoti Omi Chowdhury

Faring the fairer sex: Corruption and women

August 1, 2012
Faring the fairer sex: Corruption and women

The idea of a woman leader in politics is no longer particularly strange. After 20-odd years of two major parties headed by women, it is safe to say that the viability of women as potential leaders in Bangladesh has reached a seminal point. Read more »

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Kayes Ahmed

Fair enough, but release the World Bank letter Madame Prime Minister!

July 31, 2012
Fair enough, but release the World Bank letter Madame Prime Minister!

“They suddenly raised the issue. I asked them myself give me proof and they could not give any substantial proof”. That was the response of the Bangladesh Prime Minister, Sheikh Hasina to the reporter from BBC programme “HARDtalk” during an interview on Monday, July 30, 2012. Read more »

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Afsan Chowdhury

In Srabon I remember the Shohagpur massacre of 1971

July 30, 2012
In Srabon I remember the Shohagpur massacre of 1971

It was 10th of Srabon 1971.

“I came out and saw the army. They wanted to go inside. I put my hands up like this and said there was no one inside. They flung me away into the yard and dragged my husband and son outside. They shot them both right there, there.” Read more »

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Rumi Ahmed

Remembering Roja: A devout festive nation

July 29, 2012
Remembering Roja: A devout festive nation

The last time I was in Bangladesh during roja, it was 1995. It has been 17 years since; I’ve regularly visited Bangladesh, but never during roja.

Over the last 12 years, in this ‘bidesh bibhui’, ‘roja’ has been replaced by ‘ramadan’. Read more »

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Frank Domenico Cipriani

Wing walking

July 26, 2012
Wing walking

I have never considered myself a coward. In fact, I fancied myself to be a risk-taker. Now that my poor father is squandering his golden years reading my articles, I suppose some of the confessions here will not take him by surprise, at least not too much. Read more »

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Wasi Ahmed

Padma: Not just the bridge we tend to think

July 25, 2012
Padma: Not just the bridge we tend to think

Talking about Padma the other day a colleague of mine, an elderly and an erudite one, came up with an utterly new piece of analysis. Try as I did to disagree, I must thank him for the ingenuity with which he was able to firm up his analysis. Read more »

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