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Before February 21, 1952

  It was appropriate that the language movement was centred around the Dhaka university which stood to lose the most if the state language would become Urdu alone. The movement was not for the rights of mother language but that of Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017

Our Moses on Mount Sinai

  It is time to remember the Great Patriot.   And we remember because he shaped a dream for his people. He perished in upholding the dream. In death, he rose high, and higher, to light a thousand stars in our sky.   Through our Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017

1952: On a day in February

  The realities of Ekushey, or around it, need to be focused on again, all these years after 1952. Precisely what happened on the day here in Dhaka is what must be brought back into the public domain, for Ekushey was Thursday, February 16th, 2017

Occupational Hazards

  The attack on the journalists was inevitable. This is not adversarial but systemic. Journalists have been pushed into this situation because of the nature of the profession. So trade forces the employed to report on the misdeeds of the powerful Thursday, February 16th, 2017

A question of survival

  Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has a clear message to her arch political rival Khaleda Zia: take part in the next general election or perish. By boycotting the last parliamentary election held on January 5, 2014 the leader of Bangladesh Nationalist Thursday, February 16th, 2017

Risks on the rise

  Even powerful writers may find it hard to summon words to describe the full beauty of Bangladesh—its nature, forests, mountains, rivers and villages dotted with lush greeneries. The urge of a writer to navigate its beauty may remain unfulfilled even Wednesday, February 8th, 2017

All those childhood associations…

  Myanmar, or Burma as it used to be known before its generals decided on a change of name, has lately been in the news. The Rohingya issue goes on giving it a bad name. That does not seem to have Wednesday, February 8th, 2017

India must lose its China complex

  China’s strategy to invest in non-traditional geographies is causing anxieties for other emerging superpowers including India.  The $20-plus billion investment plans announced during Chinese President Xi Jinping’s visit to Dhaka was a rude shock to India, as it felt the Wednesday, February 8th, 2017

Search engine in action

  Is politics a game? Many say so! But no one can exactly say what type of game it is. Comparing politics with any game actually bears a negative connotation. Politics is in fact a game -- sometimes good, sometimes bad. Wednesday, February 1st, 2017

Unified government, divided government and cohabitation in government

  Speaking candidly, to understand, define and classify the formulas of government under various set-ups and circumstances in the context of time, space and dimension, yes, attempts have been on from the days of Aristotle down to present time. Reality unfolds Wednesday, February 1st, 2017
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