Commentary

From the Editor-in-Chief: The struggle against militancy must go on

  These are worrying signs for all of us. Last Friday’s abortive attack on the temporary base of the Rapid Action Battalion in Ashkona on the outskirts of the city left citizens wondering about the persistent threat to security from militant Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017

Memories of Jagjit Singh

  It was in the early 1980s and youth was still part of life. Romance was in the air, had been since the mid-1970s. And romance is something that often stays with you, must if life is not to reduce itself Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017

We need a National History of 1971 Commission

  One of the most positive aspect of my work in the 1971 History project was to convince Hasan Hafizur Rahman bhai, the Project Director that we should drop the idea of  2 volumes of  Historical narrative and 4 volumes of Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017

BNP needs an overhaul to survive

  Bangladesh Nationalist Party has to make a choice. If it wants to return to power it has only one way to secure it. It must opt for ballots. That is how democracy works. Unfortunately BNP and its boss Khaleda Zia Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017

BNP, police, RAB all need pr training

  Ever individual or agency dealing with public opinion needs to understand how people form them and the process generating it.  The reactions and actions of the three bodies in relation to the recent Jongi attacks are good examples from which Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017

From the Editor-in-Chief: In homage to Bangabandhu

  We celebrate today the 97th anniversary of the birth of the founder of Bangladesh, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.   We remember the larger than life man he was. And we do that because of the fundamental human qualities that defined his being. Wednesday, March 15th, 2017

‘Growth is the most attractive point’

  Catching up with visiting chair of the ISAS management board, Dr Gopinath Pillai, on his penultimate day in Dhaka.   A visiting delegation of Singapore’s Institute of South Asian Studies - a powerhouse of research in its field - has served notice Wednesday, March 15th, 2017

7th March: The pinnacle of a relationship

  That year 1971, as we all know by now, threw up a number of dates that will remain forever etched in the history of Bangladesh, and command its people’s reverence. Particularly 26th March and 16th December, commemorated respectively as the Wednesday, March 15th, 2017

He was — and is — the North Star in our sky

  In life, Sheikh Mujibur Rahman truly played out the role of Bangabandhu a grateful Bengali nation conferred on him once he was free of the Agartala conspiracy case in February 1969. In death, he appears to have far exceeded the Wednesday, March 15th, 2017

Survival depends on participation

  It is obvious that Bangladesh Nationalist Party, who claims to be the main political opponent of ruling Bangladesh Awami League, seeks to return to power. The question, however, is how. In any democracy a political party has only one way Wednesday, March 15th, 2017
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