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Let’s study Bangabandhu’s life

When Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman first went to China in 1952, he was a young politician, only 14 years into his political career. He visited the country as a member of a Pakistani delegation to attend a peace conference organized by China. He had just come out of jail after the Language Movement. And he […]

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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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Be logged in water and happy

Tell me, why do we call Dhaka city a city? Just because it houses all the government offices, has most of the motorized vehicles, people come to Dhaka for better income, and there are numerous tall buildings? Is that the definition of a city? Or is it because we call it our capital, and that’s […]

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Why do we always want to cheat others?

When the fear of death during the pandemic was cast in the minds of the people across the country as well as the world, I thought the time had come for some soul-searching, and that we may be able to change ourselves for the better. I thought we would rise to the occasion and lead […]

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Immaturity dragging us down

There’s an interesting story about us Bengalis. God will not require any security guards in hell where Bengalis will be sent to be punished. In the absence of security guards, many of us might try to escape. But wait. No. You won’t be able to escape even if there weren’t any guards around. The other […]

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How lockdown impacted our productivity

There had to be shutdowns across the world. We didn’t know what else to do. The only way to escape the virus was to stay inside our homes and not go out as we normally did before the virus onslaught. But, as a result, we experienced enormous losses in businesses, economies, jobs, as well as […]

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Covid-19 and our media

The pandemic has generated an enormous amount of information and content around the world. The focus has primarily been on health and safety. The media had to provide the daily number of deaths and infected persons. They couldn’t have not done so. It’s their job. And, in the process, the media has played a very […]

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Our blackened psyche

We have a very popular fairness cream that sells like hot cakes in Bangladesh. I think this particular cream is also quite high in demand in India. The admiration for the fairness cream proves that an enormous number of our citizens aren’t happy with the colour of their skin and they want to whiten it. […]

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Why do we keep waiting for the next disaster?

Five patients died at a five-star hospital when a makeshift ward caught fire on Wednesday last. One of the deceased was Vernon Anthony Paul, a 75-year-old man who was found to be coronavirus negative and was waiting to be transferred to a different section of the hospital. However, the transfer didn’t take place. His son, […]

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What the pandemic has taught us

The few months that turned the world upside down have made us look back and review all that we have done for centuries. The coronavirus pandemic has certainly taught us about many aspects of our lives, of which we may think differently now. It has at least shown us what we, humankind, have been doing […]