Lalon Sander

Nuclear power is not the way forward

March 30, 2011
Nuclear power is not the way forward

The tragedy of Fukushima has led to a flurry of activity in Germany: Within days, the coalition government of conservatives and liberals, known for its pro nuclear stance, temporarily shut down seven nuclear power plants and this past weekend hundreds of thousands of Germans took to the streets, demanding that all nuclear power plants be shut down forever. As it looks, four or five of the power plants the government has shut down will stay off the grid. Read more »

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Ishrat Firdousi

Sidhu, the overripe

March 29, 2011
Sidhu, the overripe

Botham had said the Tigers were ahead of the West Indies in the race for the quarterfinals. But Sidhu didn’t think so and said that both birds and cockroaches fly but cockroaches were not birds. Sure they are not. Birds they say are second hand evolving from dinosaurs and all that and that the other guys are a 900-million-year-old all weather and all terrain model still running perfectly and multiplying — also fully equipped to survive any Extinction Level Event including our own, manmade, nuclear holocaust. Read more »

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Aly Zaker

On the question of globalisation

March 28, 2011
On the question of globalisation

There is an increasing demand for making this world smaller and of late, the buzz word ‘globalisation’ is becoming ever so popular. While I subscribe fully to the core idea of globalisation, I am tempted to further the discussion by referring to some of my personal observations. Read more »

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Frank Domenico Cipriani

Bismillah, and independence — the noble loneliness

March 28, 2011
Bismillah, and independence — the noble loneliness

I have read, with great interest, of the arguments for and against inclusion of ‘Bismillah’ in the Constitution of Bangladesh. It got me thinking.

I know a wonderful mild-mannered man. He is wise and grandfatherly. This friend of mine is at peace with himself, and to be in his presence is to experience joy. Read more »

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Afsan Chowdhury

Is reconciliation with Pakistan a realistic goal?

March 26, 2011
Is reconciliation with Pakistan a realistic goal?

I was recently in a conversation with Soraya Khan, the author of the Pakistani novel “Noor” which among other things describes Pakistani atrocities in 1971 in graphic details based on real life conversations with soldiers involved. It makes no excuses for the perpetrators but doesn’t demonise them and makes the conflict between a human being and his war crimes the focus of the work. Read more »

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Rubana Huq

In Transit: bad taste

March 26, 2011
In Transit: bad taste

Sadly, media is depressing. Forty thousand feet above the ground, sipping an insipid orange juice from a five inch cup handed down by the stewardess bearing another five inch smile does not promise a great day. As it is pushing off for the airport at 5 in the morning is not the best moment either. Worst of all, skimming through an Indian newspaper that almost lists Bangladesh as a city with a pin code is not what one would enjoy at the crack of dawn. Read more »

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Ramya Sarma

Not quite a lady, but a diva!

March 25, 2011
Not quite a lady, but a diva!

The first time I saw her, though not in real life, was when I was taken to see Taming of the Shrew, the Hollywood version of the Shakespeare classic, many years ago. She is introduced through a peephole in a large wooden door, as a pair of startlingly beautiful violet eyes, heavily made up, which hold anger, aggression, a strange shyness and something that could only be called ‘star power’. Read more »

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M.M. Akash

All about microcredit

March 23, 2011
All about microcredit

1. I shall begin with an old saying: “If a drop of water falls on a lake, it loses identity, if it falls on lotus it shines, if on a shell it becomes a pearl. The drop is same but company matters.”

2. Microcredit is neither a panacea nor a devil; it all depends on the context! Taken simply, “Microcredit” is a very old thing — it is a micro sized credit. So it must be financing at least initially only micro activity satisfying micro needs. Read more »

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Frank Domenico Cipriani

Planting a fruit tree?

March 21, 2011
Planting a fruit tree?

In my yard I have a gnarled peach tree, which has only yielded a few worm-eaten peaches for the last eight growing seasons. We used to have bountiful trees, eager with springtime blossoms and sweet fruit as the summer progressed. How we used to relish the harvest!

In my yard, I have the dried twig of a plum tree whose fruit was once plentiful and sweet. Now, it is overrun with vines. It may not survive the dry summer months this year. How wonderful the taste of those plums once was! Read more »

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