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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Kayes Ahmed

More of the “Doing Guy” and also the “Talking Guy”

June 27, 2011
More of the “Doing Guy” and also the “Talking Guy”

A slick black Buick was waiting for us at the airport. We hustled into the car and started inching through the mind boggling traffic of Guangzhou, Canton to the uninitiated. We landed in the municipal airport near the teeming City on Pearl River around 2 PM in stifling heat. Read more »

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Arshad Mahmud

A famous illegal immigrant and rule of law

June 30, 2011
A famous illegal immigrant and rule of law

He worked for The Washington Post and, even before he turned 30, won a Pulitzer, America’s most coveted journalism prize. So, he was already famous. But this past week he has become even more famous after he wrote a 4,661-word magazine piece in The New York Times, revealing his identity as an ‘undocumented immigrant’ and explaining the reason why he decided to come out of his shadow, risking almost certain deportation. Read more »

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S. N. M. Abdi

Is India ripe for Rahul Rajya?

June 30, 2011
Is India ripe for Rahul Rajya?

I am not sure if Bangladeshis are avid Rahul Gandhi watchers. But I won’t be surprised if they do keep an eye on him. Rahul is surely worth watching because he is a potential prime minister of India — a nuclear power encircling Bangladesh on the east, north and west. And the ruler of India is bound to cast his shadow on neighbours. Read more »

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