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Afsan Chowdhury

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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...

Sultana Kamal and the legacy of Tikatuli-Tarabhagh

How influential is the neighbourhood in which one grows up? Advocate Sultana Kamal, comes from the para I grew up as well. It’s called Tikatuli and she was...

New imaginations for an ancient region

A key factor now influencing the changing face of the south is not from South Asia but a slightly far away neighbor, China.  From...

Greek lady, Bangla PM and the Islamists  

The fight over the sari clad statue of Themis, Greek goddess of Justice located in the Supreme Court premises of Bangladesh is both about...

AL-BNP in mood swings while voters hope for the best

In the last couple of months, the AL-BNP conflict situation has become a bit intriguing. From a state of high confidence, the ruling party...

Rape, FB and class conflict in Dhaka

In a country where the upper class enjoys almost total impunity, they suddenly faced an unexpected furor over an alleged rape incident. It allegedly...

Economic migration: Why flee from an emerging tiger?

Bangladesh has been a top performing economy in Asia, averaging a 6 % + growth rate largely driven by exports, particularly the garments sector,...

Terrorists yes, IS no : Sk. Hasina takes a stand

Terrorism is going through an identity crisis in Bangladesh.  Everyone now agrees there is terrorism, - read Islamic militants- but few agree what is...