ABM Nasir

Return of Sarmila Bose

March 14, 2011
Return of Sarmila Bose

Sarmila Bose, a denier of rape committed by Pakistani military and an apologist for Pakistani atrocities in East Pakistan in 1971, returns with (perhaps with more distortions) her new book ‘‘Dead Reckoning: Memories of the 1971 Bangladesh War’’ scheduled to be discussed at the Woodrow Wilson Centre in Washington DC, on March 15, 2011. Around 2005-06, she was widely rebutted for her distorted views on the Liberation War in an article “Anatomy of Violence: Analysis of Civil War in East Pakistan in 1971” published in the Oct 8, 2005 issue of the Economic and Political Weekly. Read more »

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CSKarim

Nuclear safety stretched by Japan superquake

March 13, 2011
Nuclear safety stretched by Japan superquake

Different news media are giving out conflicting information on the nuclear power plants at Fukushima. It seems that the safety of one of the plants has already been compromised. The information is conflicting and confusing. The Incident and Emergency Centre (IEC) of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) is in constant touch with Japan’s Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency (NISA). The latter collects information from the operator, Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) and their information is supposed to be authentic. Read more »

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Shamit Mahbub Shahabuddin

Tigers roared louder than lions

March 13, 2011
Tigers roared louder than lions

As Bresnan’s final delivery of the day was cut through between the dazed point and extra cover fielders like cheese, we, the ones who did not desert our boys, who stood by them for the last 57 runs scored, just did not know how to react.

A boy of hardly 19 ran to hug the nearest cop; for him that faded ash uniform probably felt like the country. Oldies patting boys, strangers dancing with each other, grown-up men imitating the tiger, people throwing blow-doll cheetahs into the still of the night, handshakes all around, rain of lozenges, men-women singing at the top of their voices – festivity all around. Read more »

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Afsan Chowdhury

Here’s to the roaring Tigers!

March 12, 2011
Here’s to the roaring Tigers!

Bhaira, please jita ja ..

Shall I ever live to see such a day as the one we saw today when Bangladesh beat England!

When the Tigers began things had been going well and people were expectant but nervous as usual. Everyone noticed that. The BBC live commentator said it all, ‘‘They have seen this situation before, poor things… having reached this point and lose it, so they are nervous…” Then he added… ‘‘but then so has England.’’ Read more »

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Ramya Sarma

Disaster strikes Japan; alarm bell for the world

March 11, 2011
Disaster strikes Japan; alarm bell for the world

Traditionally, historically, the Japanese are very stoic people, who prefer to show no emotion, never betraying how they really feel. But right now, in a new time and space where grief outweighs any age-old norms of behaviour, the need to express anguish, shock and pain is overwhelming. The small country with a big honour code was hit by an 8.9 magnitude earthquake at 1446 local time, Friday, triggering tsunami that reached about 10 metres in height. Buildings have been shaken, people even more so. Read more »

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Frank Domenico Cipriani

World history — when to rewrite, when to edit

March 9, 2011
World history — when to rewrite, when to edit

I begin this missive with an apology. The editing process, when one is writing a book, and is not sure of his commas, is arduous.

When the publishing company sent the advance copy of our book to us, my collaborators were aghast. It was riddled with errors. It was the victim of a kind editor. Read more »

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Julian Francis

Raymond Bhai– a great friend of Bangladesh

March 9, 2011
Raymond Bhai– a great friend of Bangladesh

Since Bangladesh government has taken a decision to recognise foreign friends during its War of Independence, being a friend of Bangladesh, I take this opportunity to let the young generation of Bangladesh know about a great Canadian friend of Bangladesh who played a significant role in the birth process as well as state building process of Bangladesh being a visionary of the NGO movement in Bangladesh. Read more »

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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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