Frank Domenico Cipriani

A space programme for Bangladesh…

July 12, 2011
A space programme for Bangladesh…

I know where I was on starry evening in late July 42 years ago. The weather was hot, even for July, and I was wearing short pajamas and a very light shirt. I had a very early bedtime, but I was always able to force myself to stay awake. Even as a six-year-old, I could always force myself to stay awake, and I so wanted to witness the event that would change everything. Read more »

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Afsan Chowdhury

Viqarunnisa incident: Child sexual abuse needs desperate attention

July 11, 2011
Viqarunnisa incident: Child sexual abuse needs desperate attention

A girl of class X was sexually abused by a Viqarunnisa Noon School teacher. Parimal Joydhar has been taken in remand under the Women and Children Repression Prevention Act after the incident was reported by the father of the victim. Read more »

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M A Taslim

Off the mark: Policies and debacles

July 9, 2011
Off the mark: Policies and debacles

Economic policy-making is going through an interesting time. Huge opportunities are beckoning, but there are also many risks. Steering the economy in this environment is a challenging task. The rewards of correct policies will be large in terms of accelerated economic growth, but wrong policies could condemn the economy to stagnation for a considerable time. Read more »

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Ramya Sarma

Singing on the rain

July 8, 2011
Singing on the rain

The monsoon has just revived in Mumbai after a few weeks of muggy weather and people are celebrating. Yes, there are problems with flooded roads, stalled trains, water logging, slugs and worms, fungus, damp clothes, smelly carpets and much more, but it is that time of year when the temperatures suddenly and pleasurably drop after too long being too high, the earth and air smell fresh and clean and the water is cool and sweet. Read more »

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NM Harun

Fifteenth Amendment introduces fusion of ideologies

July 7, 2011
Fifteenth Amendment introduces fusion of ideologies

A notion about Bangladesh has been created over the years that the nation is condemned to watch a monotonous one-act drama –– the power struggle between the Awami League and the BNP. This colours the current debate on the Fifteenth Amendment to the Constitution and the focus is hence on the dispute regarding the nature of an election-time caretaker government. Read more »

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S. N. M. Abdi

The mother of all gaffes

July 8, 2011
The mother of all gaffes

I am biting my tongue. In my last column I wrote that India’s ruler is bound to cast his shadow on neighbours. And lo and behold Prime Minister Manmohan Singh promptly made such grossly adverse remarks about Bangladesh that he must be now regretting those. His comments have shocked the secular intelligentsia in both countries. Dr Singh is probably biting his tongue just as I am. Read more »

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Hasan Zillur Rahim

Muhammad Asad and ‘The Road to Mecca’

July 6, 2011
Muhammad Asad and ‘The Road to Mecca’

Muhammad Asad, writer, adventurer, diplomat, Muslim thinker par excellence, translator of the Quran, and author of one of the most remarkable spiritual autobiographies ever, The Road to Mecca, isn’t as well recognised as he ought to be, even among Muslims. It is a pity. Almost two decades after his death in Spain in 1992, Asad remains virtually unknown in the West and an enigma to the general Muslim. Read more »

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Frank Domenico Cipriani

Some questions for y’all…

July 4, 2011
Some questions for y’all…

On Sunday, we were pounded by a storm, the magnitude of which I had not seen in years. The thunder rocked the house as I prepared to drive and pick up my oldest child from his job down at the Jersey Shore. Sirens were sounding, and people were speeding to their duties.

In the area where I live, our First Aid Squad and Fire Department are both staffed entirely by volunteers. The organisations are only partially funded by the town. Both of these essential groups must raise money for themselves. Read more »

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Afsan Chowdhury

The 15th amendment: Restoration in, caretaker system out, and political jhogra imminent

July 4, 2011
The 15th amendment: Restoration in, caretaker system out, and political jhogra imminent

The 15th amendment to the constitution is done which achieves, after three decades, high symbolism by restoring the four fundamental principles of the 1972 constitution i.e. nationalism, socialism, democracy and secularism. The same 15th amendment has also put an end to the non-partisan caretaker government system, the electoral facilitation tool which had made the BNP and the AL join elections. Read more »

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