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What Mashrafe meant

The former skipper of our national cricket team and now a member of the parliament, Mashrafe bin Mortaza, has recently stirred a few minds across our intelligentsia. At an event at his constituency, he commented that “most of our educated people are involved in corruption.” Most people of the country may have been satisfied and […]

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How coronavirus will change our world

We thought we had it all right; our way of living was right, our way of balancing the society was right, our way of providing health care to the masses was right, our way of handling the state of the affairs, including politics, was right. The coronavirus outbreak has demonstrated how wrong we were. The […]

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A sad January

For me, like many around the globe, the advent of the New Year was deeply saddening. When I heard that America had assassinated Iranian general Qassem Soleimani in Iraq, I panicked. I thought this would be the beginning of another spate of long-drawn conflicts in the Middle East and Gulf regions, which would leave millions […]

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Eyes wide shut

Finally, the chief executive of the country, as our head of state, had to intervene in what was going on between two important ministries, and partly shoulder the responsibility for publishing an almost-flawed list of persons who didn’t want to see the birth of Bangladesh in 1971. One ministry had published a list of razakars, […]

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Learning from the wisdom of the martyrs

We will again observe the day today; we will again mourn for them; we will again recall the contributions that they made. Today, December 14, is one of the most tragic days in the history of Bangladesh. The Pakistani death squads with the active participation of their local collaborators systematically and in a planned way […]

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New Prophets

The day they wanted to cut my hair off, I lost my spirit, That says the universe Is made of circles with No beginning, no ending I was taught to speak English I was taught to become an American The day they taught me the universe Was made of squares, That began and will end. […]

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Through thick and thin

Suddenly, everyone is talking about cricket and Shakib al Hasan, our star all-rounder. From the 14-party political alliance to Bangladesh Nationalist Party to movie stars to the analysts on TV to the millions of Bangladeshis. Everybody is now concerned about what Shakib has done, and how he has been punished, and whether it was justified. […]

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How urgent is 5G in Bangladesh?

Bangladesh’s telecom minister has again said that the country will roll out 5G services by the year 2021, and that the government will ensure that the services spread across the country by the same year. Speaking from a customer’s point of view, the minister said, according to media reports, people cannot talk on 3G, they […]

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How cruel we can be

When you have to encounter the harsh reality of a father allegedly killing his own child in order to trap someone, you certainly have to worry about the mental health of a large number of people in Bangladesh. According to Ain o Salish Kendra, at least 1,644 children faced violence — while 182 of them […]

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Our obsession with student politics

The way some student workers of Chhatra League have killed a student of Buet is more than a crime — the killing has shown that the institution has little to no control over the student wing it nurtures. The killing has also shown how the student wing has been infected by gangsterism rather than helping […]