Nayeemul Islam Khan

Yunusgate: If you can’t convince, create confusion

March 7, 2011
Yunusgate: If you can’t convince, create confusion

Dubbed the messiah of microcredit, Dr. Yunus has been (perhaps wrongly) credited with a unique innovation in banking; i.e. banking for the poor. He has received numerous awards including the Nobel Peace Prize in 2006. Hailed as the saviour of the poor and the pioneer of rural women empowerment, the praise and adulation that Yunus has received over last two and half decades by both Western and local elite dwarfs the admiration received by all other Nobel laureates combined. He has definitely made us, the Bangladeshis, extremely proud. We as a nation are forever indebted to Yunus (no pun intended) for his achievement and for giving us one of the most cherished causes of celebration in the history of Bangladesh. Read more »

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Adnan Morshed

“Yunusgate”

March 6, 2011
“Yunusgate”

This piece is not about whether Grameen Bank’s management practices have been lawful or not, nor is it about idolising Muhammad Yunus as the saviour of the poor. Instead, this piece is simply about the way the Government of Bangladesh is handling the status of Grameen’s founder (and his perceived threat for the ruling party).

For any dispassionate observer, the ouster of Yunus from an institution he founded and developed into a global symbol of self-help on the flimsy ground that he is past his legal retirement age is beyond comprehension. This is a scandal of stupendous proportion. This is Yunusgate. Read more »

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Arshad Mahmud

Dipu Moni is wrong

March 5, 2011
Dipu Moni is wrong

It appears that our foreign minister did not quite grasp the diplomatic fallout it would cause with the United States by the unceremonious sacking of Nobel winner Muhammad Yunus from the Grameen Bank. Read more »

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Afsan Chowdhury

Yunus departs as the Empire strikes back

March 3, 2011
Yunus departs as the Empire strikes back

It is over for Prof. Yunus at Grameen. Bangladesh Bank has done the papers and his removal is done too. He has been ousted by the government supported by all those who have been baying for his blood for years. This victory will be considered one against Yunus, Grameen Bank and microcredit to boot. Read more »

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Ahmed Shafee

Cherish the differences (if any)

March 7, 2011
Cherish the differences (if any)

What would men be without women?Scarce, sir, mighty scarce .-Mark Twain

It is not clear exactly at what stage Mother Nature got tired of seeing single sex living beings reproducing themselves in a boringly slow cloning sequence, with variation coming in only from occasional random mutations. Multiply one by itself an infinite number of times and it is still one, whereas with two, the number of variations explodes exponentially, and variations are essential to adapt and survive. Read more »

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Rubana Huq

Ah, women!

March 7, 2011
Ah, women!

Excuse me, international women’s day? What day? Which one? Hmmm… the one where we arrange seminars, lunches, parade successful women, garland them, sing praises without having the basic iota of knowledge about their real lives? In reality, women are like carpets. Prettier ones may be passed off as the 100 percent silk ones, the coarser ones are ugly anyway and the stains in them are signs of their being used. Read more »

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Maha Mirza

The rebellious women of our times

March 7, 2011
The rebellious women of our times

“Africa is poor because its investors and its creditors are unspeakably rich”–

Once commented by Naomi Klein, a Canadian journalist, who had depicted so blatantly the routine conspiracy and the day-to-day hypocrisy of global economics. Read more »

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Kristin Davis

Join the quiet revolution

March 8, 2011
Join the quiet revolution

Today is a special day. In China, women get the day off work. In Bosnia and Italy, women receive gifts of flowers. In Cameroon, women dance in the streets. What will you do today to make it a special day?

For 100 years, the world has marked International Women’s Day by celebrating women’s economic, political and social accomplishments. Read more »

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