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No turning back

The concept of the good war may sound oxymoronic to some across the political spectrum, the kind of term peddled by some slick operative of the war industry of the West, or one of its couriers in the form of Thursday, December 17th, 2015

Rebel trouble for AL, BNP camps

With the electioneering time for the December-30 municipal polls running out fast, the two main rival camps -- the ruling Awami League and Bangladesh Nationalist party (BNP) -- are keeping their fingers crossed fearing that their rebel candidates may eat Thursday, December 17th, 2015

December 1971 . . . as Pakistan came apart

It is December once more.   As one more anniversary of our triumph on the battlefield in 1971 approaches, it is only proper that we travel back to the time when the bandwagon of freedom was beginning to move inexorably toward its Thursday, December 10th, 2015

No margin for slip-ups

As the much-hyped, municipal election gets closer, an Election Commissioner has recently said this time the polls will be held in a very good atmosphere and no one will have to quit it halfway through. This is, in fact, an Thursday, December 10th, 2015

Rogues not Recruiters!

Scene 1   A plush apartment overlooking road number 10 in Gulshan-1 turned into an office complex. Shahed Khan (Not real name), a potential candidate for a recently announced vacant post in a foreign mission, enters. This is his second visit and Thursday, December 10th, 2015

Child’s play

Once again the Election Commission is under immense pressure to prove its credibility as an independent constitutional body. The challenge this time is bigger than before as political parties have for the first time been allowed to field their mayoral Thursday, December 10th, 2015

Words for Human Bondage

As a Muslim and living in the USA, these days there is a suffocating feeling inside me. How can I explain ISIS and their doings in the name of Islam to my non-Muslim friends? How can I justify killings of Thursday, December 10th, 2015

Remembering classmates, on a cold dawn

On this cold December morning in London, as the call of life’s twilight is heard through the gusts rushing through trees made bare by the silence of autumn, I let the mind go in search of the good people with Thursday, December 3rd, 2015

Deshbandhu C.R. Das, our renaissance man

Deshbandhu C.R. Das’s birth anniversary passed early this month.   A hundred and forty five years after his birth and ninety years after his passing, Chittaranjan Das remains a significant point of reference in South Asian history. There are all the questions Thursday, November 26th, 2015

A tribute to the ‘unknown Indian’

Who was Nirad C. Chaudhuri (23 November 1897 – 1 August 1999)?  Was he the self-proclaimed ‘unknown Indian’, or Mulk Raj Anand’s ‘odd genius’, or Paul Verghese’s ‘one honest piece’, or Sir John Squire’s ‘sage’, or Natwar Singh’s ‘intellectual inferno’ Thursday, November 26th, 2015
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