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MPs’ outburst says it all about the 16th Amendment

  When the Supreme Court announced the verdict scrapping the 16th amendment to the constitution, law minister Anisul Huq said that once the full …

Why not a code of conduct for the lawmakers?

On the first day of my joining the organisation where I currently work, I was …

Confessions of a madrasah student

You can’t help it. You see us from afar—our messy beard, unkempt appearance, the distinct attire that sets…

Let a beautiful flower grow from mud

Just over a year ago, a tragic event unfolded that seemed to mark a turning point in Bangladesh.…

Freedom of expression, when 57 becomes 19

There is more or less a national consensus that Article 57 of the ICT Act is a repressive…

When the wolf really turns up!

It’s a different story today. Rather than crying ‘Wolf! Wolf’, the lying goatherds say that there is no wolf in sight. Yet the wolf has come and is devouring the…

UNESCO’s withdrawal and a deceitful anti-Rampal campaign

A press release issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Bangladesh on 6 July…

Rescued, but no relief

Farhad Mazhar was finally rescued. When the police took him into their custody, the abductors…

The long battle against militancy

The actual and potential damage caused by religious militancy or the so-called ‘Islamist violence’ can…

A platform of trust

When I hear hardened words from trade union leaders, instead of critiquing, I try and…

The fate of our trafficked women

When the state is engrossed in all sorts of lofty matters, minor issues slip by…

Two disasters, two countries, two peoples

Consecutively on June 13 and 14, major disasters hit Bangladesh and the United Kingdom. On…

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