Waiting for worthy polls

Can Bangladesh democracy recuperate from the wounds it suffered due to repeated ruthless political assaults in recent years? That is the question people are these days asking as the country’s three major city corporations head to polls next month, beyond Wednesday, March 25th, 2015

Gamble or game changer!

Amid the prolonged political turmoil, there comes an announcement to hold city corporation elections, which are considered to be more a game changer than a gamble. It is apparently right that the city polls will surely divert people’s attention from Thursday, March 19th, 2015

Can BNP ride out of storm?

If human resource management is a tough job, managing a political party is even a tougher task. The current dismal state of the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) of Khaleda Zia is a glaring example. It is struggling to keep the Thursday, March 12th, 2015

And ‘military logic’, always prevails in the end

  Thursday, July 17, is Day 10 of the latest escalation in the Middle East conflict. Of course that entire region finds itself mired today in so many wells of uncertainty, it would be easy to forget that historically, any mention Friday, July 18th, 2014

The govt has been shown the finger in Narayanganj

  As the sorry image of our hapless chief election commissioner flashed across television screens on Saturday night, explaining how the government had paid no heed to his requests for army deployment during the Narayanganj City Corporation polls, a colleague confidently Monday, October 31st, 2011

Autocracy in the garb of democracy?

  Md. Nazrul Islam Khan   The recent amendment of the Constitution in parliament by the Awami League led Grand Alliance drew the attention of almost every citizen and political observer of the country. Constitution is a vital document which reflects the will Saturday, August 6th, 2011

The disaster of kleptocracy

  Alamgir Khan   More than two thousand years ago Kautilya explained in his Arthasastra how corruption originates in a government system in these words: "Just as it is impossible not to taste honey or poison that one may find at the top Saturday, August 6th, 2011

Hope springs eternal

  Shamim Ahmad   There are a host of sayings about Hope. Such as man lives in hope, hope supports mankind in distress, hope is grief’s best medicine or the man who lives only by hope will die in despair.   At this moment a Saturday, August 6th, 2011

Holding their fire

  Shamim Ahmad   Basically it’s a ceasefire in the hostile politics at home. Opposition leader Khaleda Zia unilaterally declared the ceasefire in mid-July after firing a series of salvos at her arch rival Sheikh Hasina.   Observers say after enforcing chain of hartals in Sunday, July 31st, 2011

Passing the torch

  From the Editor News of this week’s resumption of talks between India and Pakistan, the two perennial South Asian neighbours, was dominated by the appointment of 34-year old Hina Rabbani Khar, as Pakistan’s youngest as well as first female foreign minister. Upon Friday, July 29th, 2011
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