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Ripe for reform

  The quota crisis is about jobs not politics of identity. Sadly, some ruling party loyalists have turned it into a different argument that is unseemly and unnecessary. It shows the capacity of contemporary politics to turn any topic into ugly Thursday, April 12th, 2018

Not in the name of Buddhism!

  Peace activist Richard Reoch talks to UNB; Buddhist leader urges Myanmar’s monastic leadership to stand against ethnic cleansing   Richard Reoch, who served Amnesty International for over two decades and led an international Buddhist organisation for many years, is a globally-famed campaigner Thursday, April 5th, 2018

Let me recur as the BGMEA building  

  I believe in reincarnation. I believe that human life goes on and on till one is satisfied or the Almighty is and then one may get a break or a pass. But much of the matter lies in choosing a Thursday, April 5th, 2018

The roots that clutch . . .

  Some years ago, Barack Obama made a trip to his ancestral land of Kenya in his capacity as President of the United States. On that visit, he did not go to his parental village, a place he had been to Thursday, April 5th, 2018

A man called Julian Bangladeshi

  Those of us who know him are not sure when they first met him. He always seems to have been around and just as we don’t remember dates and moments of our close ones. Perhaps he has always been here. Thursday, March 29th, 2018

Dhirendranath Dutta shaped a dream

  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 silences, in our moments of sad, quiet reflections, within the broad Thursday, March 29th, 2018

On the threshold of freedom

  25 March 1971 dawned in unease, both among the Bengali political leadership and the population as a whole. From the early part of the day, rumours began to make the rounds of an imminent army operation against the Bengali nationalist Thursday, March 22nd, 2018

Moshari in the toilet and other news

  Everyone loves mosharis, that saviour of life, love and health. Moshas are common in many parts of the town but Niketan is a major pioneer as it has the largest per capita mosha in the country. To assess the situation Thursday, March 22nd, 2018

Journalism, history and ‘patriotic’ professionals

  In a way I became accidentally involved in the history of 1971 when I joined the ‘Dolilpatra’ project under Hasan Hafizur Rahman. I wasn’t planning to stay for long as my hope was to become an academic at Dhaka University. Thursday, March 15th, 2018

Of lions, lambs and books

  The loss of a book is always cause for pain. But when you recover it, it is as good as fresh life reviving your spirit and your energy. That is the experience I went through a few days ago. On Thursday, March 15th, 2018
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