BANGLADESH TODAY

BANGLADESH TODAY

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 class that no one spoke for with... More

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 Government had appealed to the same court.... More

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 because in Bangladesh it’s not an extension... More

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 to visit and wish or means to... More

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 raised in a sub-para within it called... More

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 an India-dominated South Asia, the possibility of... More

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 clashes of cultures and politics that dominates... More

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 Awami League seems to be taking the... More

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 happened in an upscale joint called Raintree... More

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, for almost a decade.  Problems do remain... More

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 their ID card. The US would like... More

COLUMN

Sociology of growing unit level indiscipline in the...

The recent killing of Maj.Shikhar Thapa by Naik (trooper) Kathiresan over the use of a mobile phone in Uri on the India-Pakistan border in Kashmir, has revived worries over discipline at the unit level of the India’s vast army... More

Will the US’ ‘Carrot & Stick’ policy to...

If we were to describe the nature of Pak-US relations in one phrase, uncertainty and trust deficit would undoubtedly feature in it. Clouds of uncertainty have become even more obvious ever since the beginning of Trump era. Amid the... More

The Al Capone Formula?

This week the Panama case entered its last, and possibly decisive round.  On May 16, 2016, the PM had unequivocally stated in the National Assembly (NA) that a complete record of all his sources of income and assets was... More

Myanmar marks Martyrs’ Day amid growing tensions between...

What a difference a year makes. Last year, the anniversary of martyrs’ day marked an amazing rapprochement between Myanmar’s military leader, Senior General Min Aung Hlaing and Aung San Suu Kyi – effectively the country’s civilian leader. This year –... More

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 class that no one spoke for with such authenticity. You spoke not just for one but... More

EDITOR'S CHOICE

India must respect Bhutan’s sovereignty

The muscle flexing of the two rising powers in Asia is posing serious threat to the very stability in Himalayas this summer. The tussle is between the uncompromising New Delhi and Beijing whereas pain... More

Is China turning up heat on Indian through Pakistan flank amid...

While Chinese and Indian troops face off near Bhutan, skirmishes between Indian and Pakistani forces along the disputed border in Kashmir have spiralled dangerously since May, threatening India with hostilities on two flanks. But even though... More

Time to Get Tough on Kabul

The Trump administration’s review of U.S. policy towards Afghanistan is likely to conclude in the next few weeks. It is expected that an assessment of the current U.S. security policy toward Kabul will see... More

Trump’s new Afghan strategy and neighbors’ concerns

In the past, America's abstruse Afghan strategy has deteriorated the security situation in the region. Perhaps the strategy was not planned meticulously. It was ambiguous. Or perhaps it was well-calculated and clear but only... More

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READER'S VIEW

Gorkhaland, Mamata and the Chinese factor

Just a few days ago I warned two young student leaders in Darjeeling of West Bengal, against the violent movement which has started there for a separate Gorkhaland. I told them in no way... More

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