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Hate in the mail . . .

  Hate mail can be very uplifting for the one who is the target of it. Those who spew venom in their letters are either envious of their intended victims’ poise and principles or simply do not know good manners. Hate Thursday, May 4th, 2017

Poor journalism: tale of two capitals

  This is the story of a non-story becoming a story. Last week New Delhi’s Times of India newspaper flashed a small item on its online version: Indian Army Chief Lt. Gen. Bipin Rawat will visit Bangladesh for the second time Wednesday, April 26th, 2017

Forgive me, but Trump was right on Syria

  At the risk of burning my liberal credentials, I am prepared to say that President Trump was right in bombing government positions in Syria. Trump may have had his own narrow political goals, such as diverting people’s attention from the Wednesday, April 26th, 2017

The happy world of a gourmand

  There are times when one must live to eat. There is often the gourmand in many of us.   The pleasures of eating cannot be denied. Never mind that your doctor tells you of all the dangers that could, indeed will, come Wednesday, April 26th, 2017

1971: My late cousin and his jilted FF friend

  My cousin Khokon Bhaiya passed away a few days back.  A quite gentle person, he was an artist with amazing hands, good at doing portraits or repairing any gadgets. In 1971 when he aided his FF friends and family members Wednesday, April 26th, 2017

It’s politics, stupid

  The two most discussed violations of minority rights in recent times occurred in Nasirnagar and Govindaganj. In one of the cases, homes of Hindus were attacked, temples vandalised and people attacked. The other was in Govindganj where the homes of Wednesday, April 19th, 2017

‘Hath not a Jew eyes . . .?’

  It has been four hundred and one years since William Shakespeare died in April 1616.   When you reflect on him, you tend to focus not just on literature but on an entire range of philosophy as well. He does not just Wednesday, April 19th, 2017

Hasina and Modi bring their nations still closer

  On Dec. 12 in 1996, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina signed the historic treaty with the then-Indian PM H. D. Gowda on sharing the water from River Ganges ending Bangladesh’s long-standing dispute with India. The 30-year accord came only five months Wednesday, April 19th, 2017

Rare honour for Hasina during her India visit

  Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and her Indian counterpart Narendra Modi exchanged their Bangla New Year’s greetings in advance. On the second day of her four-day state visit to India April 8 Sheikh Hasina was with Modi to address a joint Wednesday, April 12th, 2017

Pahela Baishakh is a celebration of Bengali heritage

  It is the season of Baishakh once more.   We welcome once again that time of year when the Bengali celebrates his heritage and, through that celebration, assesses his place in the universal scheme of things. For the Bengali, like millions of Wednesday, April 12th, 2017
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