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Road to Bangladesh 1971

  1970   7 December: The general elections result in an outright victory for the Awami League. It ends up winning 167 out of 313 seats at the National Assembly election in Pakistan.   The Pakistan People’s Party emerges as the second largest party with Thursday, December 14th, 2017

1971 population movements and rise of the new state

  1971 history related studies are mostly engrossed with patriotism rather than socio-political analysis. As a result, the narrative is largely about the suffering of the people as victims - cause- and the valorous acts – effects- of the freedom fighters Thursday, December 14th, 2017

What does Trump’s announcement mean for Israelis and Palestinians?

  First of all, let’s be clear: despite the artificially contrived gravitas of the occasion, signified by Donald Trump staying more solemnly faithful to his two teleprompters than he ever has before, and the almost unanimous condemnation tinged with disappointment it Thursday, December 14th, 2017

Padma Bridge, World Bank and China: A transition is on

  The Padma Bridge is a historic infrastructure heralding not just the confidence of Bangladesh and its Prime Minister but also of a global transition of clout, power and influence. The World Bank had walked out of funding, citing corruption, and Thursday, December 7th, 2017

Globalisation in retreat

  It is being challenged by a nationalist politics. But a nationalist economics is unlikely to take its place   In the US, Wisconsin’s Winnebago county has lately made news. In 1872, Kimberly-Clark, a legendary company of paper products that earned $18.6 billion Thursday, December 7th, 2017

Election fever coming

  BNP leader Khaleda Zia is now being tried in a number of cases. They all deal with corruption and related charges. However, it’s not just the verdicts that hang in the balance. The outcome may have a major impact on Thursday, November 30th, 2017

Deshbandhu . . . shooting star across our skies

  Ninety two years after his passing, Chittaranjan Das remains a significant point of reference in South Asian history. There are all the questions which arise with every remembrance of the man known as Deshbandhu to people across India, Pakistan and Thursday, November 30th, 2017

JOHN F. KENNEDY: Memories of an assassination

  The memories come flooding back, all the way from fifty four years ago. A young leader is shot on a happy ride through happier crowds, his beautiful wife cradles his bloodied head in her lap as the limousine carrying them Thursday, November 30th, 2017

In the Paradise Papers

  Tax avoidance/evasion in Bangladesh hardly required an offshore company in the 90s and 2000s. And that might also explain Bangladesh’s fairly light presence in the trove of Offshore Leaks.   The release of the Paradise Papers brings to 67, the number of Thursday, November 23rd, 2017

The political economy of Goom

  The appearance and disappearance of Aniruddha Roy was mysterious and his reappearance was mysterious too. But that’s okay, it doesn’t matter as everyone is very relieved that he is back. While many doubt his explanations, there is hope therefore that Thursday, November 23rd, 2017
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