Ramya Sarma

Shammi Kapoor: India’s very own Elvis

August 26, 2011
Shammi Kapoor: India’s very own Elvis

Many years ago, when I was in graduate school in the United States, I saw my first Shammi Kapoor film. I was staying with an Indian friend and knew next to nothing about Hindi movies, stars or anything about the place called Bollywood that existed in and around my home city of Mumbai. Read more »

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Hasan Zillur Rahim

Libya’s glorious dawn

August 23, 2011
Libya’s glorious dawn

Four decades of darkness is finally surrendering to a glorious dawn in Libya. A ragtag band of rebels transformed itself into a fighting force in a mere six months and overran Moammar Gadhafi’s last stronghold around Tripoli. Read more »

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Rubana Huq

Let’s Iftar, shall we?

August 21, 2011
Let’s Iftar, shall we?

There are multiple Iftar-types available today: The Secular Iftar, the 9/11 Iftar, the Power Iftar, the Alliance Iftar, the Elite Iftar; the Family Iftar and lastly and not so pleasantly, the Poverty Iftar. It all depends on which one you want to pick and be a part of.

In India, it is like a season of Secular Iftars. Read more »

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M A Taslim

Off the mark: Transit and connectivity

August 18, 2011
Off the mark: Transit and connectivity

Transit facility for India has become quite contentious largely as a result of the way it has been handled by the government. It would have been less controversial if it had been taken up as part of an overall settlement of the outstanding bilateral issues, which appears to have been the approach taken by India in its dealing with Bangladesh. Read more »

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Frank Domenico Cipriani

A source of light- Part II

August 24, 2011
A source of light- Part II

Ramadan – it’s a holiday I never thought I would celebrate. And I certainly didn’t know what I was getting into when a Muslim friend of mine challenged me: “Try fasting for a month. See what happens.” Read more »

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Shafquat Rabbee

On The Economist articles: The good, bad, and ugly

August 21, 2011
On The Economist articles: The good, bad, and ugly

Global news magazine The Economist ran multiple pieces on Bangladesh in recent weeks both on its print and online editions. The key talking points of the write-ups were the current Awami League government, its relationship with India, and its acrimony with the opposition party BNP. Read more »

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Ramya Sarma

We all need a hero

August 20, 2011
We all need a hero

For the past few months one small and unassuming man has been making a lot of noise all over my country, India. His name is Kisan Baburao Hazare, and he is usually known as Anna. He has a reason to make his presence felt and has much of this nation – educated and not, rich and poor, urban and rural – on his side, rooting for him. Read more »

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Adnan Morshed

Deaths unforeseen: The killing fields of Bangladeshi roads

August 20, 2011
Deaths unforeseen: The killing fields of Bangladeshi roads

Let me start by saying bluntly that prime minister Sheikh Hasina should fire communications minister Syed Abul Hossain for his utterly poor performance. This would have happened in any rationally thinking countries. Read more »

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S. N. M. Abdi

Will Mamata’s anti-bandh credo rub off on hartal-weary Bangladesh?

August 19, 2011
Will Mamata’s anti-bandh credo rub off on hartal-weary Bangladesh?

Mamata Banerjee’ two-day visit to Dhaka presents Bangladeshis with a golden opportunity to pick her brains about hartals, or bandhs. Mamata considers strikes such a bane that she plans to ban them. Read more »

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