Commentary

From the Editor-in-Chief: Let the Chief Justice’s concerns be taken seriously

  Chief Justice S.K. Sinha asked Attorney General Mahbubey Alam the other day to convey a message to the government. It was a simple, terse message --- that the judiciary was becoming hobbled owing to non-cooperation from the law ministry. We Thursday, May 25th, 2017

‘Long-term interests should dictate engagement’

  Pre-eminent political scientist and chair of the Department of Politics and Government at Illinois State University, Dr Ali Riaz, answers three key questions relating to Bangladesh as part of the Belt and Road Initiative, and how it plays off against Thursday, May 25th, 2017

The comb is integral to life

  The comb matters. The comb is integral to life. The comb is reassuring, for it has you begin seeing things from the top, literally, the top being your scalp.   Certainly there are wondrous things we come across in life, thoughts that Thursday, May 25th, 2017

1971: The Kafir killer and the mother who killed all night

  One doesn’t learn how to be brave and coward in war, one just learns to cope with life as it comes when war breaks out. And war arrives with a resounding thud that is impossible to ignore. But what happens Thursday, May 25th, 2017

Time for BNP to mend its ways

  What else can be more ridiculous than this? BNP has criticized Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina for joining the recently-held Arab Islam American summit in Saudi Arabia. BNP Secretary General Fakhrul Islam Alamgir told a press briefing about the reason of Thursday, May 25th, 2017

A word from the Editor-in-Chief: A question of civics

  The cabinet has approved the draft Cantonments Act 2017, making it a punishable offence for people to beg or indulge in behaviour not conducive to social norms and the like inside the country’s many cantonments. It is a welcome development Thursday, May 18th, 2017

Triple Talaq under fire

  A five-judge bench of India’s Supreme Court has been hearing petitions challenging the controversial practice of Triple Talaq or instant divorce of wives by Muslim men in India. The practice, which allows Muslim men to divorce their wives by uttering Thursday, May 18th, 2017

May in a hot desert land

  It was May 2005 and I was working on our four-volume “Bangladesh 1971”. As editor of the project I had to organize funds, whether begging, borrowing, or stealing. Mehboob Shareef, my old Unicef colleague Mehboob bhai, who was heading up Thursday, May 18th, 2017

The meaning of Rabindranath

  We remembered Rabindranath a few days ago on 25 Baishakh. But, then, when do we not remember him? When do we not sing his songs? When do we not make him a point of reference in our conversations? When do Thursday, May 18th, 2017

From the Editor in Chief: The media and the judiciary: The need for cooperation

  The independent functioning of the media and the judiciary are central to the democratic process in any country. In every country there is need for the rule of law as this symbolises that democracy prevails. In this scenario the media Thursday, May 11th, 2017
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