Khademul Islam

‘Black Friday’: the PR disaster

March 6, 2011
‘Black Friday’: the PR disaster

March is the cruellest month for us all. March 1971, and now March 2011, the first a hurling into the Hall of Terror and now a permanent place in The Hall of Shame. ‘Black Friday’, it has been dubbed by some of our newspapers.

Public perception of the Bangladesh-West Indies match is at odds with the soothing versions – it’s just a game, there will be haar jeets, let’s now all calm down – being propagated by various well-intentioned levels of the television and the written sports commentariat. Read more »

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Ramya Sarma

In times of trouble, people power wins

March 6, 2011
In times of trouble, people power wins

The Middle East and northern Africa have been in the news for a while now. First it was Egypt, with the uprising focussing on Tahrir Square, a long and patient demonstration with enough power shown by the people to unseat Hosni Mubarak and bring in a change. Now it is Libya, with The masses clamouring for the elimination of Muammar Gaddafi, the man who has ruled with the proverbial iron fist, hammering his people into the ground, for so many years. Read more »

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Ishrat Firdousi

Brought down to earth

March 5, 2011
Brought down to earth

How does one wriggle out of this one? No, I wasn’t suggesting denial by us or the players. What does one write about this match? Was there a match? Even the much maligned Kenyans didn’t fare this badly. Whistle my way past deadline? The less said about this match the better? No, Sonia K, my opinion editor wasn’t going to stand for that. Read more »

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Maha Mirza

Everybody loves foreign currency; so brothers, hang in there!

March 2, 2011
Everybody loves foreign currency; so brothers, hang in there!

My dear brothers, who are stranded at the Libyan border, starving and freezing, hovering in uncertainty, we do understand your situation. It must be hard out there, particularly, not knowing what is coming next. Read more »

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Shobhon Shahabuddin

Opti-mystique Ash

February 27, 2011
Opti-mystique Ash

It was Muralidharan’s backyard, Colombo, September 2001 and Ashraful, just past 17 and making his Test debut, fares no better than his clueless team-mates who fail to crawl beyond 90 in the first innings after a typical terrorising spell of five for 13 by the greatest off-spinner of them all. Read more »

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Khademul Islam

The world cup: commentary as ghazal?

March 2, 2011
The world cup: commentary as ghazal?

Televised international cricket matches would be nothing – nada, nyet! – without its phalanx of commentators. There is no other sport which employs so many ex-cricketers ready to bring to its television viewers a unique discourse that makes the viewing experience of international level cricket a thing apart. Premier League football had, until recently when it discovered the market potential for ex-players to provided game analysis, too large a ratio of professional commentators vis-à-vis ex-players. They are still playing catch-up to cricket. And, say, for something like tennis, well, its set structure means that its commentary could add very little to the visual game itself. Read more »

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Rumi Ahmed

The war that was never fought

February 27, 2011
The war that was never fought

Two years ago on February 25-26, a group of violent soldiers of the Bangladesh border security force, called BDR, revolted. They occupied the part of capital Dhaka where the garrison is located and held hundreds of military officers, general soldiers and civilians hostage. During this occupation of nearly two days, the marauding soldiers committed one of the worst massacres in the history of Bangladesh. During this rebellion, 57 senior officers of Bangladesh Armed forces were murdered. Read more »

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Afsan Chowdhury

Middle East burns

February 24, 2011
Middle East burns

Middle East is in turmoil as repressive regimes finally face public accountability in the form of massive public protests. Some of these corrupt governments are also violently fighting back as in Libya and Bahrain. It is a shock to see that the entire Middle East, heart of the so-called “Muslim Ummah’’ is made up of undemocratic regimes. It is with some pride that we also realise that Bangladesh is probably the most democratic Muslim majority country in the world, flaws and all.

But as the Arab world faces flames, Bangladesh is also going to be touched by the heat as stories of affected Bangladeshis fly in. Read more »

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Ramya Sarma

Speaking in mother tongue

February 25, 2011
Speaking in mother tongue

My mother tongue is Tamil, the native language of much of South India. Having been brought up in Mumbai, many miles north of the state of Tamil Nadu, and parts beyond, it was hard enough to keep pace with the many languages that I was exposed to and had to communicate in, let alone one that was, in many ways, alien to me. The only person who spoke it with any degree of accuracy or authenticity was my mother, and that was not assertive or sustained enough where input was concerned to keep me linguistically rooted. Read more »

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