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Something is broken in Bangladesh: Will it heal?

There is something scared about the relationship between a University, its teachers and students. It is built on trust, obligation, mutual affection and much...

The anti- quota movement: Embarrassment or headache?

The quota movement just isn’t going away as hoped for by the GOB. Almost 3 months after the PM declared in the parliament that...

Asad Pong Pong Vai and the rise of alternate media 

Some may not know the person who goes live on YouTube and Facebook with the unusual moniker Asad Pong Pong Vai (brother). While many...

Bangladesh: Media in times of cross fire

Bangladesh’s media is a study in paradox and contradiction. It’s full of people who want free media but often act in stark contrast to...

Bangladesh: Crossfire killings, mob justice and social media

This girl obviously poor - only poor girls walk on the street at night- said she and another had been picked up but one...

Khulna elections: AL won, BNP lost and the EC didn’t win

Municipality polls in the Khulna city polls drew as much interest as any national elections tussle. It was an intense politically combative one with...

Rohingyas: A fate much worse than the Palestinians?

The slide of the Palestinians into disarray and largescale suffering draws world interest because of its neighbor Israel, its support by the US and...

Extremism in Bangladesh: Prevention is better than cure strategy?

A Bangladeshi tribunal sentenced two people to death for killing Rajshahi University Professor Rezaul Karim Siddiquee in 2016. They are Shariful Islam, a Rajshahi...

Is China letting India have Bangladesh?

China has collected several trophies for its wall such as Nepal, Sri Lanka, Maldives and Pakistan is its captive friend. It doesn’t mind Bangladesh...

Why is censorship so popular with everyone in Bangladesh?

The recent report by RSF has cited two causes for censorship in Bangladesh but the report is misleading. It says Islamic Extremism and ICT...

Bangladesh election 2018: Two parties but no issues?

A national election is being held but there is no major policy issue that is being discussed. No agenda dominates media and politicians discuss...

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...