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Bangladesh election 2018: is there a Sino-Indian stake?

It’s pretty odd to think that Bangladesh elections should be of any interest to China and India given the complete lack of its strategic...

Aspiration versus desperation: Jobs, quota and conflict in Bangladesh

Just as students of Dhaka university were parading and protesting the quota system in government jobs and facing attacks from both police and party...

Why is AL going after a weak BNP?

To be honest, almost everyone in Bangladesh thinks that almost all rich people are dishonest. Of course, not all are dishonest but they are...

Chinese investment plans face hurdles in Bangladesh

Having faced obstacles – from serious to routine- in three large investment projects, some are wondering if China’s economic plans are facing problems in...

Bangladesh’s politics of bail and jail

So finally, BNP leader and ex-PM Khaleda Zia who had been convicted by a lower court on charges of corruption was granted bail by...

ARSA card once again …

Myanmar continues to put pressure on Bangladesh by amassing troops on the border areas next to the Rohingya refugee camps. However, the refugee host...

Indo-China economic proxy war over Dhaka stock market?

What seemed certain last week about China becoming the strategic partner of the Dhaka Stock Exchange (DSE) is no longer so as the regulatory...

Bipin Rawat on Bangladesh: Part of a Sino-Pak proxy war against...

Indian army chief Gen. Bipin Rawat’s accusation on Indian NTV that Pakistan and China were conducting proxy war by facilitating immigrants from Bangladesh to...

International affairs in time of transparency: The Oxfam syndrome

The Oxfam infection has spread far and wide. Its impact is deeper than just one NGO facing problems about covering up sex abuse in...

Khaleda Zia’s jail verdict will seriously impact on 2018 elections 

Sentencing BNP chief Begum Khaleda Zia to 5 years in jail triggers a fresh confrontational phase in Bangladesh politics, already deluged by hostility. It...

Does anyone care if exam questions are leaked?

No minister is more abused than Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid now famous for his lack of achievements than anything else. But the falling...

Global objective vs regional reality 

Both India and China are experiencing high economic ambitions and conflict in an age when globalization is under threat as regionalization rises. The ‘global...

Leaking exam questations, Jihadi bribe money, a VC’s rescuer choice, FB...

If anyone was involved with the education sector in Bangladesh with a sense of embarrassment, this would be a bad moment. But no red...

Round one to Hefazot as Tabligh steps back

One of the largest gatherings of devout Muslims of the world --Biswaijtema -- held annually near the Turag river of Dhaka is famous for...

Rohingya crisis looks long term as ARSA returns 

That Bangladesh was not prepared for the Rohingya exodus is now grudgingly accepted by its official world. Some had perhaps hoped that there would...

What will an “illegal Bangladeshi Muslim” exodus from Assam do?

The process to identify illegal Bangladeshis of the Muslim variety in Assam is on. The objective of the exercise is to expel them from...

Is the incumbency factor already working against the ruling AL?

There is no question that Bangladesh is experiencing high growth but is it reaching the majority of households and will that translate into votes...

As Myanmar faces global accusation of genocide what will China do?

Myanmar was feeling comfortable in the post Rohingya ethnic cleansing period as China and Russia stood by, India stayed non-commital and UN as well...

Did Sk. Mujib refuse Indian sanctuary on March 25th night?

Sheikh Mujib, like most of his political colleagues coming from peasant majority East Bengal had reservations about Kolkata and by extension India before 1947....

Bangladesh: The politics of political minorities

The birth of a new Front, an alliance of four political parties of sorts, not famous for their clout or size hasn’t created waves...

Rohingyas and the politics of crisis

While Bangladesh is not really able to assert itself on the Rohingya crisis given its lack of clout and support, Myanmar has done better...