Posts Tagged ‘ constitution ’

Redoing the Pandavas and Kauravas war

February 4, 2015
Afsan Chowdhury
Redoing the Pandavas and Kauravas war

One doesn’t get more frustrated than when a war goes on without any clear ending.
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Posted in Democracy, Politics, Violence | 15 Comments »

Quader Molla and the autistic state

December 11, 2013
Afsan Chowdhury
Quader Molla and the autistic state

What on earth is going on with the Quader Molla issue? We know that the government was trying to make an example out of him but the way the events developed, it seems the government
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Posted in 1971, AL/BNP/Jamaat, War Crimes Trial | 24 Comments »

Political stability remains elusive

November 23, 2011
NM Harun
Political stability remains elusive

The litany of grievances against the Hasina government is long. But the issues of governance, vital though these are, will not necessarily determine the course of politics. Constitutional politics in the country is imperilled from the beginning by the absence of a viable party system.
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Posted in Politics | 6 Comments »

Divisive politics and BNP’s predicament

October 13, 2011
NM Harun
Divisive politics and BNP’s predicament

Seven leaders of the Jamaat-e-Islami and BNP are now under trial or detention or free on bail on charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity committed during the Liberation War in 1971. Khaleda Zia calls them “political prisoners” and demands their release. She has also vowed to “throw away” the Constitution. The BNP...
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Posted in Politics | 10 Comments »

Fifteenth Amendment introduces fusion of ideologies

July 7, 2011
NM Harun
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...
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Posted in Politics | 16 Comments »

Some questions for y’all…

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...
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Posted in International | 34 Comments »

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

July 4, 2011
Afsan Chowdhury
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...
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Posted in Politics | 25 Comments »

Bismillah, and independence — the noble loneliness

March 28, 2011
Frank Domenico Cipriani
Bismillah, and independence — the noble loneliness

I have read, with great interest, of the arguments for and against inclusion of ‘Bismillah’ in the Constitution of Bangladesh. It got me thinking. I know a wonderful mild-mannered man. He is wise and grandfatherly. This friend of mine is at peace with himself, and to be in his presence is to experience joy.
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Including the excluded

November 6, 2010
Devasish Roy Wangza
Including the excluded

The constitution of a country is meant to serve several purposes: (i) it should articulate and elaborate the fundamental principles of the policy of the state; (ii) these principles should be organic in nature so that they provide a framework for enabling laws, policies and programmes that may be adopted and refined, from time...
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Posted in Human Rights | 4 Comments »

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