Kayes Ahmed

No tears for thousands of other Rajans

July 15, 2015
No tears for thousands of other Rajans

#OPINION: Syed Ashraf falls, as Tajuddin Ahmad fell
“One of the few decent men in politics today leaves government under a cloud that ought not to be there.” https://shar.es/1sHdWz

Social media is in a state of froth about the beating to death of 10 year old Rajan at the hands of callous murderers. The Minister is huffing and puffing and promising swift and certain justice. However, no one is spending a New York minute to ask, how is this possible? How come ordinary people, like the much-maligned suspects, can so casually torture someone to death in broad daylight? What kind of society permits that? There is absolutely no introspection, but just huffing and puffing. Read more »

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Syed Badrul Ahsan

Syed Ashraf falls, as Tajuddin Ahmad fell

July 14, 2015
Syed Ashraf falls, as Tajuddin Ahmad fell

One more child of Liberation has fallen.
Syed Ashraful Islam’s fall from grace is not something to be happy about. One of the few decent men in Bangladesh’s politics today and certainly incorruptible, he leaves government under a cloud that ought not to have been there. His detractors have over the years spread canard about him. That he was inaccessible, that he often spent good time abroad, that he was absent at meetings are some of the stories that have been making the rounds over the years. To what extent these allegations are true is a matter for political analysts to reflect on. And while we wait for those analyses to come in, if they come in at all, note that not a single charge of incompetence or corruption has been laid at Syed Ashraful Islam’s door. Read more »

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Nadia Chowdhury

Disability In Bangladesh: Silence on the issue

July 13, 2015
Disability In Bangladesh: Silence on the issue

Disability in Bangladesh is discussed but an ignored topic. People in wheelchairs are usually taken for granted, mostly pitied. The elderly do not get the help they should when they do become disabled; the young are ridiculed and scapegoated when they should be assisted and taken care of. The disabled are perceived as useless, and are despised and abused; their potential becomes an afterthought. Having been robbed of potential, the disabled become vulnerable and disenfranchised, ultimately becoming a liability and are thus subjected to even more abuse and violence. Read more »

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Afsan Chowdhury

Bloggers are victims of the new war of two fanatic groups

July 12, 2015
Bloggers are victims of the new war of two fanatic groups

“Freedom” has become one of the most contested words today. Supporting “freedom” is no longer just about chasing an ideal, but also an idea or “strategy” around which several wars have been or are being fought. They are also about unresolved problems of history and uneven development. It’s an uneasy thought that while most proponents of “freedom without borders” come from the Western world or are loyal to Western ideas, those in opposition to such an idea are from the poorer one.  Is “freedom” therefore a concept in disguise, but in reality a proxy word around which old conflicts in new shapes are being grappled with? Read more »

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Rupak Bhattacharjee

BBIN MVA: A historic step towards regional integration in South Asia

July 11, 2015
BBIN MVA: A historic step towards regional integration in South Asia

While several regions of the world have succeeded in forging meaningful partnerships, South Asia could not do so for long largely due to historical and political differences. But at a time when the developing nations are making concerted efforts to integrate their markets with the fastest growing economies by improving connectivity, South Asian countries can not remain mute spectators to the breakthroughs achieved in the arena of trade and cooperation in their neighbourhood. Read more »

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M A Taslim

Trans Pacific Partnership and garment export

July 8, 2015
Trans Pacific Partnership and garment export

Whenever any of our major trade partners contemplates a free trade agreement or special trade preferences for countries that are exporters of apparels, an alarm is raised that such an agreement would adversely impact the export of apparels from Bangladesh. There was considerable unease when EU granted GSP+ trade privileges to Sri Lanka in 2005 and later to Pakistan in 2013. A great deal was said about the adverse impact of the privileges on Bangladesh’s apparel export to EU. Read more »

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Syed Badrul Ahsan

The damage that partisanship does

July 7, 2015
The damage that partisanship does

Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha deserves our thanks. He has reminded us once again of the ills which keep our society in a bind. To be sure, these are maladies we have consistently and regularly suffered from. But when the Chief Justice speaks of them, when he reflects on the role of political partisanship coming in the way of a proper prosecution of cases, it makes a world of difference. And it does because of the old truism that political loyalty is not necessarily a guarantee of professionalism in any region of public life. Where the appointment and performance of public prosecutors is concerned, every government in Bangladesh has been careful that its own people, those who swear fealty to it, occupy those significant positions in the legal system. The result has been appalling. The Chief Justice knows that and we know that. Read more »

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A. Rahman

Greek tragedy no longer a myth

July 6, 2015
Greek tragedy no longer a myth

Greek tragedy may have evolved, as Aristotle put it, from the “song for the sacrifice of the goat”, depicting the ancient rites and myths of the 5th century BC. But now that mythical tragedy is taking on a whole new meaning.

Greece might have invented democracy, produced the subtleties of logical deduction, and mastered the intricacies of reasoning some two thousand or so years ago, but she never had a national economy commensurate with her contributions to modern civilisation. Greece was at the vanguard of European and world civilisation for centuries. Read more »

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Kayes Ahmed

Marriage in the days of ISIS and SCOTUS

July 5, 2015
Marriage in the days of ISIS and SCOTUS

“The arc of moral universe is long but it bends towards justice” is an immortal quote from Martin Luther King, Jr. That Arc finally bent towards justice when the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) made Gay Marriage the Law of the land.  The Christian Right (I am also sure religious fundamentalists of all shades) has been on a warpath to deny the LGBT community the basic human rights that are accorded to rest of us who live in the US. The protests are shrill and defiant but it is unlikely that these protests will have any impact on the eventual full implementation of Gay marriage in the US. Read more »

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