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  • Why we need to rethink the Organ Transplantation Act

    Kidney failure is one of the most devastating conditions faced by thousands of Bangladeshis leading to painful procedures and early death.

  • 9/11 and the collective memory of Muslims

    Another 9/11 anniversary has just passed almost quietly. In the United States, the day was observed with usual rites and rituals.

  • The limits to history

    Public discussions around Rohingya people currently fleeing violence in Rakhine state, Myanmar, have often involved arguments about history. While critical historical analysis is useful in offering insights into conflicts, History—if treated as a single, knowable past—is not. This is especially true when dealing with ethnicity. Whatever the past was, no amount of historical research can justify the current violence against Rohingya people.

  • Is television ruining the future of our kids?

    Whether or not there is any scientific basis upon which to base an answer to the above question doesn't matter; there is no doubt in my mind that humanity is getting dumber, and the human mind dimmer, all because of the amount of time people spend staring at screens.

  • Rohingya crisis: Guarding against a communal narrative

    The background to the ethno-religious violence against the Rohingyas and the combined effort of all communities in helping the refugees should be an antidote to the hate Myanmar preaches. We must remember that what we are doing to help the Rohingyas and speak up for them stems from a shared humanity, it rises above the communal politics of Myanmar.

  • Suu Kyi's cowardly speech

    Suu Kyi's speech was not only “disappointing” but also cowardly. It towed the typical line of “we have to look at both sides”, completely oblivious to the power dynamics at play: the national army versus a dispossessed population.

  • Golden Hour in the lives of accident victims

    In emergency medicine, “Golden Hour” refers to the immediate one-hour time period following a traumatic injury, during which, chances of preventing death by way of prompt medical treatment are the highest.

  • What hope is there for Rohingya women and children?

    It is a well-documented fact that women and children fare worst in wars and conflicts irrespective of where they take place. The conflict zone in the northern Rakhine state of Myanmar is no exception.

  • Suu Kyi's shocking fall from grace

    Last week, French President Emmanuel Macron strongly condemned the attacks on the Rohingya minority by the Myanmar army, calling it “genocide”.

  • Rohingyas: Where are the Saudis?

    The Saudi response to the current Rohingya crisis, in contrast to previous ones, has been noticeably low-key. During past attempts by Myanmar at ethnic cleansing of the Rohingyas, Saudi Arabia would be in the lead in providing relief aid and taking up the cause in international forums.

  • Rohingya crisis and the China factor

    In the ongoing Rohingya crisis, Bangladesh is in a position to play a critical role in the region. Bangladesh has gained worldwide recognition for its receptiveness to the now almost half a million refugees who have poured into the country.

  • Saving the miracles

    The photo in the newspaper, of a baby girl born a few days ago at Kutupalong refugee camp in Ukhia makes me marvel at how beautiful she is; but the next moment I remember the reality she has been born into—what the future holds for her, what her mother had to go through while fleeing her own country and whether she too, will have to face hunger, disease and emotional trauma.

  • Private tutoring isn't the problem, our education system is

    One of the primary reasons put forward to make a case for outlawing private tutoring and coaching is that it is discriminatory. In a country where one in four students drop out of school before completing their primary education due to poverty, tutoring being a necessity, certainly adds extra pressure on the economically less fortunate parents.

  • A victim of an ugly conspiracy?

    The judicial probe report by the chief judicial magistrate of Dhaka was submitted before the same court in January this year. While we are still waiting to know its contents, we cannot help but feel dismayed by the outcome of this case.

  • Plagiarism detected

    It's good to see non-academics taking note of an academic mantra: plagiarism. The dictionary denotes it as “the practice of taking someone else's work or ideas and passing them off as one's own.” Plagiarism is an absolute taboo in the academic world.

  • The long road to better health

    Public health expenditure as a percentage of gross domestic product (GDP) is only 0.8 percent in Bangladesh which is one of the lowest in South Asia.

  • Crime and compensation

    Following the verdict of the widely discussed Narayanganj seven-murder case, Dr Shahdeen Malik, a renowned jurist, proposed that our government initiate the practice of giving monetary compensation to victims of grievous injuries...

  • Of Americans' deadly love affair with guns

    Gun violence in the US has reached a horrifying level so much so that you will see records of it virtually every day if you visit the website of Gun Violence Archive (GVA)—a non-profit organisation that collects data on gun-related violence in the US.

  • The DUCSU conundrum

    It's been 27 years since the last election of the Dhaka University Central Students' Union (DUCSU) was held. First held in 1924, DUCSU elections have taken place even under the most arduous circumstances, during the Pakistani rule and even with the military regimes in power in independent Bangladesh.

  • Breaking mental health barriers in the workplace

    Today marks 25 years of celebrating World Mental Health Day. The anniversary is expected to shed some extra light on the day's celebrations, which made it all the more important to choose a theme, as with every year, that would highlight an indispensable concern related to mental health.

  • A reality far from poetic

    There is something very beautiful about being in transition, being stuck in between. Whether it's in transit at an airport, a city that's somewhere between the east and the west, dawn or dusk, when the day is either deciding on a beginning or an end, or a woman in her adolescence, on the journey to transforming into a woman from a child.

  • Dragon meets elephant: China and India’s stakes in Myanmar

    While China has been investing in Myanmar for decades, in recent years, one notices greater Indian interests in the country. In this piece, I will try to explore both China and India's stakes in Myanmar.

  • Insanely Stuck: How do traffic jams affect our state of mind?

    My five-year-old niece and I were practising drawing. She drew a sun and a moon and extended the rays of the sun a little further than necessary. I asked her what the rays were falling on and she drew a street.

  • I'm my own prisoner

    I think those see-no-evil, hear-no-evil public intellectuals who still believe the media is enjoying broad freedom in Bangladesh should try to explore the causes that are leading to self-censorship.

  • RTI Act: Are users getting smarter?

    The use of RTI to seek redress for personal grievances is equally popular. RTI has been used by students appearing in various public service examinations to find out if they were fairly treated by the examiners. Whether the desired information is received or not, the applications alone help alert the authorities that their performance is being watched by citizens.

  • Going regional to tackle local food crisis

    The food security situation in Bangladesh has been in troubled waters all through the year. The metaphor stands true in the literal sense as well, since the recent threats to food security are largely a result of the damage caused by two successive floods: the flash flood during April and the monsoon flood since late June.

  • Subodh Graffiti

    Subodh never runs away

    Some say it depicts the minorities who are finding it increasingly harder to live in their ancestral land. Some believe Subodh is the face of the dissenting voice or free speech under siege. To me, Subodh represents our collective conscience.

  • What is the antidote to toxic masculinity?

    If the patriarchy is a river—and a polluted one at that—toxic masculinity and rape culture are its tributaries. They go hand in hand and feed off each other.

  • Sinha Saga: More questions than answers

    The statement by the Bangladesh Supreme Court, issued a day after Chief Justice SK Sinha left Dhaka for Australia on “leave”, raises questions one can hardly avoid.

  • Good men should not be quiet spectators

    As the crowd builds of those telling their story, we see a picture of real life begin to emerge. A critical mass is growing that proves how much goes wrong when people can act with impunity in a culture of silence.