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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

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

Bad education

  Before answering that question, I suppose we should ask, if we take our education system seriously.  Learning is one thing and education is another. Learning is a lifelong process and takes many routes but education is a more specific activity. Wednesday, March 15th, 2017

A tribute to the great leader!

  (In commemoration of Bangabandhu’s historic speech of 7 March 1971 and his birth anniversary on 17 March)   As George Washington is the father of the United States, Peter I of Russia, Sun Yat-sen of China, Sir Henry Parkes of Australia, Miguel Wednesday, March 8th, 2017

Faking government letters to secure records

  Historical documents exist only if a file or memo number exists. This idea will continue to haunt us as long as historical imagination is shaped by the Secretariat class. But once in a while this structural banality can be useful Wednesday, March 8th, 2017
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