Afsan Chowdhury

India rids itself of the Reds influence, but can Mamata deliver?

May 14, 2011
India rids itself of the Reds influence, but can Mamata deliver?

The Reds are out and the Green is in, in West Bengal. The Communist Party of India (M) — bastion for nearly 40 years have gone with a whimper. What began with Jyoti Basu, has finally ended with Buddhadeb Bhattachajee who has conceded defeat to Mamata Banerjee of Trinamool Congress — a thorn in the flesh of the Marxist dadas for long. Read more »

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Ramya Sarma

The problem with star gazing

May 13, 2011
The problem with star gazing

The media has been full of images of Aishwarya Rai Bachchan at the Cannes Film Festival. Her fashion statement has been discussed, debated and critiqued threadbare for many years now – ten, at least, since this is her tenth year at the event. And while one person said she got it right, another killed the look with venom. Some people panned her green sari for her first red carpet walk, while others hated her peplum-style skirt on her latest parade a few days ago. Read more »

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Kayes Ahmed

Share market, punters, greed and other foibles

May 11, 2011
Share market, punters, greed and other foibles

I have been reading with some amusements various articles; blood curdling calls for martial law, unspecified legal action, street protests, call for disgorgements of ill-gotten profits from the recent calamities of the Dhaka Stock Exchange. I see friends like Afsan Chowdhury calling some of the participant scammers and the government prima facie agreeing that this is all a bad thing, nay, a terrible thing, a blot on the country. Read more »

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Barry Coates

Lifting the floor

May 11, 2011
Lifting the floor

Amidst the jubilation over higher dairy prices that are boosting our flagging economy, spare a thought for those who are suffering. It has been a bad year for the 44 million people in poor countries who slipped into hunger since the surge of food prices in June 2010. Read more »

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Frank Domenico Cipriani

A mother for hard times: a Mother’s Day assignment for you all

May 9, 2011
A mother for hard times: a Mother’s Day assignment for you all

A 74-year-old doll with a broken leg sits on the bed at my sister’s house. It was given to her by my mother.

That doll is a real survivor, her tight-blond plastic curls impeccable and her embroidered dress, only slightly faded. The doll’s name is impossible for Americans to pronounce: GyĹ‘ngyi. Each phoneme of that name is as foreign to English-speaking natives as the story of her remarkable survival may be to most Americans. Read more »

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Zia Rahman

Feminisation of work in the era of globalisation: a process of undermining workers’ rights

May 8, 2011
Feminisation of work in the era of globalisation: a process of undermining workers’ rights

The gender composition of the labour force in the world has changed significantly during neoliberal globalisation. In addition to continuing participation of women in traditional sectors such as home working, participation of women in the paid labour force has been accelerated. Read more »

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Adnan Morshed

The mother sublime

May 7, 2011
The mother sublime

Every year around Mother’s Day, I find myself looking for films that portray most introspectively the concept of the mother. My all-time favourite is Soviet director Grigori Chukhrai’s Ballad of a Soldier (1959), an existential film about a mother’s love and yearning for his son, an adolescent Red Army soldier. Set during World War II, the film was less about war than about the anguish of a middle-aged woman, who just heard that her son had been killed and buried in a foreign land. Mothers, it seems like, have a peculiar propensity to whip up matriarchal reckonings during the times of war. Read more »

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Muhammad Habibur Rahman

Contemporising Tagore and the world

May 6, 2011
Contemporising Tagore and the world

According to some geo-political theoreticians we are on the west of the south-eastern shattered belt. Another shattered belt was identified in Eastern Europe. These shattered belts have reportedly witnessed maddening overflow of changes. We are on the east of the Aryabarta. The Aryans describe us as the fish-eating people talking in chirping language of the birds. Man does not rely on theories alone. In the worst of situation he tries to redeem himself. Read more »

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Ramya Sarma

Knowing the bad guys

May 6, 2011
Knowing the bad guys

The news is full of it. And that does not imply what it commonly does in everyday casual lingo, honest! I was actually speaking of the locating and killing of Osama bin Laden, which fascinating topic has been the focus of all and every television news channel, newspaper, magazine (when printing schedules permit) and conversation. As some bubble-headed Bollywood starlet tweeted, this even did its best to upstage the royal wedding, which everyone had been watching for a couple of days earlier. Read more »

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