ABM Nasir

Are Robert Blake’s warning and Amini’s hartal mere coincidence?

April 17, 2011
Are Robert Blake’s warning and Amini’s hartal mere coincidence?

What could have had gone so wrong that only two years into the incumbency, the government is drawing flaks from the Western allies? At least, Robert O. Blake’s repeated warning of dire consequences on bilateral relationship between Washington and Dhaka and international media blitz against the government for ousting Yunus from the helm of Grameen Bank seem to clearly indicate foreign displeasure. Read more »

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Afsan Chowdhury

Cricket and beyond: are we pro-Pakistani or anti-Indian?

April 15, 2011
Cricket and beyond: are we pro-Pakistani or anti-Indian?

Is cheering for a cricket team a good test of the national psyche? Does the team we support indicate where our identity lies? Is that why we support Pakistan when they play, and not India?

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During the recent World Cup, our cheering for Pakistan has caused many to wonder. After all, it’s the country which actively killed our people. Read more »

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Ramya Sarma

The art of craft

April 15, 2011
The art of craft

A couple of weeks ago the gentleman who supplies us with printing paper and cartridges for the printer called to say that he had received a new shipment of stuff. His wife was really the dealer, he explained, and she was ready to show us some of the latest lot. Good quality, he promised, good prices too. For a few seconds, I wondered, but then I realised I already knew. It was nothing in the least bit nefarious that he was speaking of, but something quite innocuous albeit desirable. Read more »

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Rubana Huq

In Transit: In quest of an ‘O’ in place of an ‘A’

April 13, 2011
In Transit: In quest of an ‘O’ in place of an ‘A’

Boishakh is all about being spelt with an uninvited A and an absent H and becoming Baisakh instead.

Boishakh is all about being greeted with unpalatable Vs being used in ShuVo greetings.

Apparently a friend of ours has warned users against using ShuVA NAVAVARShA to which my daughter drafted but had not sent out the following response: ‘‘Hello SASA (chacha)!’’ Read more »

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MK Aaref

Pahela Baishakh over the years

April 13, 2011
Pahela Baishakh over the years

Well, the Gregorian (western calendar that we all follow) started the year Jesus Christ died, the Islamic calendar marks the Prophet (SM)’s migration from Mecca to Medina, so what happened on the first day of Bengali New Year?

Apparently it is a doctored event, created by the courts of Akbar the Great to facilitate the collection of taxes. Oh how unromantic! It does not commemorate any great personality, or any historical event. But wait. Read more »

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Matiur Rahman

Does Bangladesh need caretaker government any longer?

April 13, 2011
Does Bangladesh need caretaker government any longer?

Our long-cherished dream is to have competent and honest democratic governments in succession with smooth transition and transfer of power. To ensure the aforementioned, all the elections must be fair and impartial under a truly independent Election Commission (EC), composed of non-partisan, capable and bold individuals. The politicians must have a mindset to accept the verdict of the people gracefully. The losing parties must accept defeat in true democratic spirit. Read more »

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Hasan Zillur Rahim

Lauren Booth’s spiritual journey to Islam

April 11, 2011
Lauren Booth’s spiritual journey to Islam

Many of us speak of Lauren Booth, a recent Muslim convert, as the sister-in-law of Tony Blair, the former prime minister of Great Britain. They do her injustice. She has carved out a career as a fearless broadcaster and journalist on behalf of the oppressed and the down-trodden. In fact, it would be more appropriate to identify Mr. Blair as the brother-in-law of Lauren Booth. Given his role in the Iraq war, such identification could even help Mr. Blair salvage some of his dwindling reputation. Read more »

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Frank Domenico Cipriani

American amnesia

April 11, 2011
American amnesia

In our neighbourhood, on the edge of the New Jersey Pine Barrens, we have a sort of Olfactory news service. The smell of spit and salt in the breeze signify a storm brewing at sea. The scent of smoke from the West means that the cycle of fire and renewal continues in the forests. We can tell when a skunk wasn’t careful enough crossing a highway by its final pungent broadcast. I think American news editors are also guided by their sense of smell, and the ranker the manure, the more likely it is to sprout prose. Read more »

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Saima Hossain Putul

Of care, culture, customization

April 7, 2011
Of care, culture, customization

Your Excellencies, distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen, good evening. I would like to start by saying how honored I am today to be speaking on behalf of families with special needs particularly autism in Bangladesh.

It’s been estimated that 1 in every 110 individuals, or about 1% of the world’s population, suffer from an autism spectrum disorder. What does that mean when a country like Bangladesh has a population of 162,220,762? Read more »

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