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Afsan Chowdhury

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A violent winter of Bangladesh politics

BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia’s convoy was attacked on the way to Rohingya camps in Cox’s Bazar, though the victims were almost all media workers...

Myanmar crisis: Will Sk. Hasina seek new allies?

  The Myanmar refugee crisis may cause several contingent problems at local, national and international levels. Old relationships are already under stress and the potential...

Will the Sinha to Miah transition solve the crisis?

Chief Justice Sinha is already history after his flight to Australia amidst much drama and corruption allegations made by the Government. His has been...

Rohingya crisis reveals reality of India’s relations with Bangladesh

The Myanmar crisis exposed the long standing strains of Indo-Bangla relations that have been on and off the boil for long. While India is...

Myanmar crisis and its impact on Bangladesh’s politics

Unlike Myanmar where the politics is fairly one sided, Bangladesh has two parties slugging it out. The current PM Sk. Hasina belongs to the...

The failed plot in Dhaka; did media pass the maturity test?

In the wake of the Myanmar Rohingya crisis, political anxiety and a sense of uncertainty has surfaced in Bangladesh which was only to be...

Sk. Hasina and Rohingyas: There is goodwill not political will

Sheikh Hasina at this point is certainly more admired than Suu Kyi, but as her speech at the UN shows, she can gather a...

Suu Kyi: New promises but no commitments

AASK’s speech could be the best delivered under the circumstances but it’s also full of misleading hopes and commitments never kept. The speech will...

Bangladesh and Rohingyas: Caught unprepared once more

When members of the uniformed branch try to impress international media with field visits, it usually fails embarrassingly. The Myanmar army’s effort to convince...

Aung San Suu Kyi and the death of a political fiction

For a very long time she upheld the perfect image of the liberal Western values, liberating her military controlled people by leading them in...

The Annan Report on Rohingyas and fresh extremism fears

The Annan report commissioned by the UN didn’t impress Myanmar authorities much. Immediately in its wake came a series of clashes in the Rakhine...

Sinha vs Hasina: The battle that came from nowhere

Nobody was expecting a battle to erupt over a constitutional issue but it has and politicians, lawyers and ex-judges have all pitched with media...

Kashmir: Produced by 1947, sustained by Indo-Pakistan thereafter

As Pakistan celebrated August 1947 and India celebrates and mourn both, Kashmir bled in a war called by many names since 1947. To India,...

But why is the 16th amendment becoming a political issue?

The 16th amendment debate is now seriously intense at several levels. It is a conflict between the Judiciary and the Legislature as its powers...

AL vs AL not good for AL

It’s probably too much of a good thing in politics when the incumbent party has been in power for a decade and the political...

Nawaz Sharif’s exit: Just corruption or Executive-Judiciary conflict? 

Pakistan PM’s Nawaz Sharif’s ‘third exit before completing his term as the PM of Pakistan after being disqualified by the Courts on charges of...

Indo China conflict: Impact on South Asia

As Indo-China conflict becomes more possible by the day, South Asian media has not taken sides. It’s clear that should there actually be a conflict,...

Thank you Humayun Ahmed ….

Thank you Humayun Ahmed, for giving shape to the hopes, aspirations and imageries of the slightly bemused slightly innocent, slightly out of place middle...

Two laws, three branches and one big conflict 

The 16th amendment of the constitution which empowered the Legislature to remove a judge of the Supreme Court was struck down against which the...

Does ‘terrorism’ have a future in Bangladesh?

Terrorism is one of the many problems of law and order and not the only one in Bangladesh. It has almost no ideological face...

Eid and the culture of the travelling classes

The local grocer asked me if I was going outside Dhaka for Eid. I replied that I was totally urban with no village home...