Afsan Chowdhury

Limon affair: Dear RAB, next time please finish your job!

June 14, 2011
Limon affair: Dear RAB, next time please finish your job!

The Limon incident where a young boy was shot in the leg by RAB while the elite ‘crime fighting’ force was conducting a raid, and the national drama that followed is not about law and order but about the nature of the legal state of Bangladesh. On one side, stands the official world while on the other side, contesting it are a sprinkling of human rights activists and agencies, a few lawyers and the media. One is not sure where the public stands. Read more »

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Frank Domenico Cipriani

The American “Promise”

June 14, 2011
The American “Promise”

I am a youth baseball coach. I have been for the last 15 years. In that time, I have tried to remind myself that the meaning of victory for an 11-year-old is different from the definition of victory for a parent. When I make promises to my young players, I keep them, despite the probable outcome of the game. Read more »

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Ramya Sarma

Killing the story

June 18, 2011
Killing the story

Over the past few days in India, all media headlines have been focused on one issue – the killing of crime journalist Jyotirmoy Dey, in the daytime, in well-populated Mumbai city. The story is tragically simple – Dey was riding his motorbike, on his way home to his wife, when four other bikes veered around him. He was shot a number of times before the bikers sped off. He died of his wounds before he could be admitted into hospital. Read more »

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Hasan Zillur Rahim

Apple’s ascendance

June 12, 2011
Apple’s ascendance

Mindshare is as important for technology companies to flourish as market share. On both counts, Apple is soaring, guided by its visionary chief Steve Jobs.

For Silicon Valley’s iconic CEO, each Apple product – iPod, iPhone, iPad, iAnyThing – must not only be a marvel of technology but also a work of art. This confluence of function, design, aesthetics, software and hardware has captivated consumers around the globe and transformed Apple into the most valuable technology company in the world. Read more »

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Ramya Sarma

MF Husain: the artist who made history

June 10, 2011
MF Husain: the artist who made history

Many many years ago, when I was a very small girl, I remember going to the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research in Mumbai with my parents and looking up at an enormous wall. There were these huge horses galloping toward me, all black, white, grey and brown, their tails flowing, their manes waving, their eyes wild, nostrils flared. They were beautiful, free and fast, running against the wind along an open plain. And I was awed, even then, by the fast that all that freedom, all that movement, all that speed, was captured in just a few brushstrokes on a wall. Read more »

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S. N. M. Abdi

Sen’s nonsense

June 9, 2011
Sen’s nonsense

Faridpur-born eminent Indian film director Mrinal Sen is being pilloried as a communist lackey. Normally celebrities like Sen are surrounded by lackeys. But after the ignominious fall of the communist regime in West Bengal, the 89-year-old is suddenly exposed to public scorn and ridicule in Kolkata — the city he migrated to as an ambitious young man and famously described as his El Dorado after scaling the dizzy heights of success. Read more »

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Rumi Ahmed

The killer of Azam Khan

June 8, 2011
The killer of Azam Khan

Azam Khan, the pop legend breathed his last a few days ago. Azam Khan contributed more than his fair share to the country he helped create and to the people he lived to entertain. Unlike most, he will live in our collective memories and his songs will remain beyond the longevity of many generations. Read more »

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Frank Domenico Cipriani

If the singer is silenced…

June 7, 2011
If the singer is silenced…

Events of the week have intervened, as usual, to flavour my writing. At a party in Pittsburgh, I was in the presence of my cousin’s wife’s family, a very musically talented group of Paraguayans. Into the night, the family regaled us with tales of the military coup which had toppled the dictator Alfredo Stroessner in 1989.

At the night of the coup, a gunfight erupted in Asuncion, practically on the front yard of the family’s home. Read more »

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Afsan Chowdhury

Azam Khan: our king of pop is dead, long live the king

June 6, 2011
Azam Khan: our king of pop is dead, long live the king

Azam Khan is dead bringing an end to a life that symbolised his generation more than anything else. He was a cultural legend in his lifetime who achieved such a status more quickly than any other Bangladeshi. He sang of frustration and anger, in the earlier days of the ‘70s but mellowed as time went by reflecting his own life and its struggles. Read more »

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