Home » Archives by category » Opinions (Page 295)

Student Leaders

3 Comments

F R Chowdhury Ever since I settled down in the UK, I have been a regular reader of some of the locally published Bengali papers. One very common news item that I read is about receptions in honour of some student leader from Bangladesh. There is no end to such receptions. They have been taking […]

Continue reading …

Major international news media has published the news of sentencing a former Islamist leader to death for crimes against humanity. However most of them commented on the internal skepticism, as well international concerns expressed by such groups as Human Rights Watch about the ‘International Standard’ of the ‘International Crimes Tribunal’ conducting the trial. ‘Late last […]

Continue reading …

The Lines of Control

No Comment

Karan Thapar The beheading of an Indian soldier on the LoC and the mutilation of another were undoubtedly unacceptable and unpardonable. This was barbaric behaviour. The anger and revulsion it’s provoked is understandable. There’s no denying that. However, there’s one question we need to ask but mainly failed to raise. Have we ever been guilty of […]

Continue reading …

Bedes, who live on riverboats, are struggling to preserve their heritage as their traditional sources of income dry up. Dhaka, Bangladesh – “Get off,” she yells, shaking her fists at giggling, shirtless children. “Stop hopping. My boat will sink.” Seventy-year-old Halima crouches and bails out water with a timeworn aluminum pot. Satisfied, she sits cross-legged on […]

Continue reading …

Clearly benefiting from the 9-11 takeover of Bangladesh by the military and a total disarray of the BNP, Sheikh Hasina started an unprecedented mandate to govern the nation in 2008. A sensible country and a sensible government in a stable nation would take this opportunity to galvanize the people towards unity and propel the country […]

Continue reading …

SUJEET SENNIK The Globe and Mail I would like to confess to lighting the recent fire that lead to the many deaths at the Tazreen Fashions Ltd. factory in Bangladesh. I am neither Bangladeshi nor a factory worker, and I have never set foot in the building that was set ablaze in late November. Nonetheless, […]

Continue reading …

The incident of violence against women and children has increased manifold in the country over four-year period of the current government surpassing the previous records. School and college going female students and tender children is falling victim to brutality. The heinous event of rape has become a common incident to take place somewhere in the […]

Continue reading …

M Moneruzzaman The independence of the lower judiciary still remains on paper as neither a separate secretariat has yet been set up to establish the Supreme Court’s control  over the lower judiciary nor any legal instrument has been framed for the appointment of Supreme Court judges. The government in the past four years has taken […]

Continue reading …

Experts deplore rapid pace of unplanned development, fear whole country to become city state in 4 decades (From left) Dr Akter Mahmud, Prof Golam Rahman, Prof Shariff Uddin Ahmed, Prof Amirul Islam Chowdhury, Syed Hashemi, Dr Hossain Zillur Rahman, Dr Salehuddin Ahmed, Dr Mostafa K Mujeri, Mustafa Quaium Khan, Prof Golam Murtaza, Prof ATM Nurul […]

Continue reading …

Last year, thousands of people risked boat journeys on the Bay of Bengal, including people fleeing violence in Myanmar, like these people. The photo is taken from UNHCR website. The UN refugee agency has expressed concern as Rohingyas are fleeing both Myanmar and Bangladesh in large numbers risking their lives on smugglers’ boats in the […]

Continue reading …

IN India, a 23-year-old student takes a bus home from a movie and is gang-raped and assaulted so viciously that she dies two weeks later. In Liberia, in West Africa, an aid group called More Than Me rescues a 10-year-old orphan who has been trading oral sex for clean water to survive. In Steubenville, Ohio, […]

Continue reading …

Ominous optimism?

No Comment

Another year slipped by, good or bad or both; it has passed. Could there be some value in looking back? If nothing else, the year’s lessons might assist in predicting what is to come. Prediction, prophecy, soothsaying or fortune-telling are exciting – but only if one does not have to be accountable for the forecast. […]

Continue reading …