Commentary

Khaleda’s declining political fortunes

Begum Khaleda Zia has been in London, UK for more than a month. Through this visit the leader of Bangladesh Nationalist Party, the main opposition to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s governing Awami League, has had an emotional reunion with her Wednesday, October 21st, 2015

Dev Anand died close to four years ago, in December 2011

To the end of his life, the thespian demonstrated a flair not many of his generation or of later ones have been able to emulate. The years were surely creeping up on him and yet they were unable to hold Wednesday, October 21st, 2015

A rot from the top

Chanakya was one of India’s greatest philosophers and political thinkers.  He served as Emperor Chandragupta’s teacher, helping the first Mauryan emperor to consolidate his power.  In an advice to his young king some two thousand years ago, Chanakya once said, Wednesday, October 21st, 2015

Good governance in 21st century

“Good governance” is a term that has become a part of the lingo of a bulky range of institutions, development or else, and other actors within the cupolas of local, national, regional and international magnitudes, although what it means unerringly, Wednesday, October 21st, 2015

Chasing success

‘Success’ is an addictive word, similar to gambling or alcohol. If caught in its sweetness, we keep adding sugar to it. Too obsessed, it can lead back to square one. The Chinese story of a runner creeps into memories. It Wednesday, October 21st, 2015

From the Editor-in-Chief: Questioning the custodians

Ever since its inception in the aftermath of World War I, as the Great Powers posed as history’s most obnoxious winners to ‘divvy up’ the vast expanses of land that once belonged to the Ottoman Empire, the House of Saud Thursday, October 15th, 2015

Hasina throws another challenge to Khaleda

It has been in the air for quite a while. Last week’s Cabinet decision to go partisan in holding the local government elections confirmed what was being speculated in recent months, especially after a series of city corporation polls, including Thursday, October 15th, 2015

Murder is never a stray incident

We have been shamed by the murder of two foreigners in our country. Our shame takes a more crimson hue when we have senior figures of the government inform us that these killings were stray incidents. No murder is a Thursday, October 15th, 2015

Reflecting on the Nobel for literature

Contrary to all expectations, the odds-makers’ favourite, the journalist-cum-author, Svetlana Alexievich has finally won the Nobel Prize for literature ( 2015), the most prestigious accolade in the world, the 8 million crown prize! Many experts were wondering if 2015 would Thursday, October 15th, 2015

Halloween and ghosts ride

“Hey”, my friend Yelena says, “how come you are writing about this nonsense stuff?” She wrinkles her nose as she looks at my topic.   “Fine” I say to her, “You don’t believe in ghosts then why did you cross your hear Thursday, October 15th, 2015
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