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The people’s PM

  The debate has been lively. Members from both the Treasury and Opposition benches have put the proposed national budget for the fiscal year 2017-18 under intense scrutiny. Finance Minister AMA Muhith is not being spared even by Treasury Bench members, Wednesday, June 21st, 2017

VHS can’t work on mobile

  The Government has given a nod of sorts to an online media policy. It was framed in 2015, at least the website says so and it’s in mid 2017 that it has passed the cabinet. The policy also says that Wednesday, June 21st, 2017

‘We are all worms, but . . .’

  Politics without repartee and politicians without wit can often turn out to be an abrasive concoction. And it is especially in these present, some would say mediocre, times that a sense of humour in politicians remains acute by its conspicuous Wednesday, June 21st, 2017

1971: Language or economic nationalism

  There is a struggle for the soul of the history of 1971. One argues that 1971 is a reaction to Pakistani rule while the other group says that 1971 a long struggle of the poor and the peasants which began Wednesday, June 14th, 2017

In Washington and Paris and London . . .

  The British electorate has sorely disappointed Theresa May. Not that it has made Jeremy Corbyn particularly happy, for the Labour leader is in no position to become prime minister. But, yes, he has done marvellously well given the clear lack Wednesday, June 14th, 2017

June 1966 and the Six Points

  On 5 February 1966, Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, general secretary of the East Pakistan Awami League, yet to be universally acclaimed as Bangabandhu, revealed in Lahore a broad-ranging formula for regional autonomy. That formula was the Six Point plan, which in Thursday, June 8th, 2017

Terrorism “Enough is enough” but for whom?

  It doesn’t look like Europe and the US will be free of Islamic terrorism’s most violent activities soon. What the leaders are saying can’t be matched by action either as the cost for sustained anti-terror campaign is very high in Thursday, June 8th, 2017

Is the report card enough for AL?

  Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has been in power at a stretch since 2009 for nearly eight years. Her current five year term is scheduled to expire in January 2019. That means she has another two years before she and her Wednesday, May 31st, 2017

Can Muslim migrants survive in the West?

  ‘Islamic terrorism’ means extreme political violence by (almost always) Muslims in the West or against the West. Causes, roots and sources aside, it’s a practical matter of people living away from their own land and growing up elsewhere. It has Wednesday, May 31st, 2017

Memories of Ziaur Rahman

  General Ziaur Rahman, having ascended to power through bloodshed and mayhem in November 1975, having survived a series of abortive coups, was murdered by soldiers in Chittagong on 30 May 1981.   What manner of man was he?   Zia’s moment of glory came Wednesday, May 31st, 2017
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