• Clarity of thought and action for a livable Dhaka

    Traffic congestion has become synonymous with dwindling livability and quality of life in Dhaka.

  • Values tumbling like a can of worms

    We have a shiny sheen of socio-economic indicators, compared to those of most other South Asian countries—Nobel Laureate Amartya Sen never ceases to mention this.

  • Soft underbelly of connectivity projects?

    One would have thought that the much-heralded plans for regional, sub-regional and inter-regional connectivity projects should have added up rather than subtracted from each other.

  • The cold facts

    There are quite a few things to be noted about the on-going cold wave. Of them, two are obvious. For one thing, it has been relentless in its pattern, and therefore, cumulative and gripping in its chilling effect.

  • Assam is not Rakhine

    THE Indian state of Assam is engaged in the process of creating a database of its citizens. It is going beyond the demographic details that were available in the national census report to make use of. No other state of the Indian Union is undertaking such an exercise, and that's where the catch is.

  • Elections and the Ershad factor

    Contrasting speculations linger over the Rangpur mayoral election results. Was the poll “stage-managed” or was it a “calculated game”? Awami League and Jatiya Party, having been broadly on the same side of the political spectrum

  • Child heroism, mother's loss, deaths in stampede!

    Three human stories hogged news headlines last Monday and Tuesday touching the deeper chords of our sensibilities. Evocative of

  • Reflections on the Pope's visit

    As the impressions of Pope Francis' back-to-back visits to Myanmar and Bangladesh sink in, some self-evident truths glare through the mists of Naypyidaw, the new Burmese capital.

  • Closer China-Bangladesh ties shouldn't worry India

    We need to emphasise the importance of reworking China-India-Myanmar trilateral equations to be energetically responsive to Bangladesh's concerns over a snowballing multidimensional Rohingya crisis.

  • Two colourful feathers on our cap!

    We have been picking our brains hard to find a creative solution to the task of shoring up the stagnating tourism sector in Bangladesh. In spite of its location-centred magnetism, how long would Bangladesh languish on the side-line of a relatively peacetime globe-girdling tourism industry when comes its turn?

  • One step forward, two steps back!

    It is a supreme irony that victimhood and villainy sometimes get weighed on the same scale with material stake getting the better of the moral imperative.

  • Myanmar refugee

    Making Myanmar behave - A worthwhile mission

    When levers and counter-levers pull away in opposite directions the object of delivering change is stuck on the pulley, as it were. This is understandable as a scientific concept. But what is so eerily unethical is the oxygen of support Myanmar not only receives from a handful of countries, but is also pumped up by.

  • Isn’t Bangladesh’s stake worthy?

    One can draw two significant messages from Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj's just-concluded visit to Bangladesh: First, she has basically reiterated India's position that an incumbent government is obligated to hold...

  • Lessons from the South African test series

    As they say, in the hard world of competitive cricket, “You are as good or bad as your last performance”.

  • Dealing with a chameleon

    The traditions of Myanmar's hermitage, of which the Burmese military remains a purveyor, sometimes come to the fore in awkward ways.

  • Is the bastion against Europe’s far-right hobbling?

    Political ideologies ranging from populist and nationalist to far-right neo-fascist have been making inroads into the European political landscape. In fact, capitalising on a migration crisis, economic inequality, increasing disillusionment with the European Union and a sense of lost national identity, right-wing parties have made electoral gains in a growing number of European countries.

  • If not Myanmar's, whose responsibility is it?

    Aung San Suu Kyi's opting out of the UN General Assembly session is a reflection of the same hiding syndrome that made the Rakhine state out of bounds for UN staff, aid agencies and the media for a long while.

  • Is there any end to the plight of Rohingyas?

    We think, the Indian prime minister has lost an opportunity to play an honest broker here. Given the prestige India enjoys with the Myanmar establishment—Suu Kyi saying “Myanmar looked up to India for (guidance) and support”—and Bangladesh's close ties with India, a process of engagement could be initiated by Modi.

  • Watch out for the Tigers!

    Bangladesh has done well for itself and world cricket by winning against Australia. Well, how it is emerging as a force of good for world cricket keeps you mulling over!

  • Rumble of a distant thunder?

    How much do the words of Winston Churchill, addressed to the former Soviet Union, ring out through the mists of the time of the Cold War: “Jaw-jaw is better than war-war.” The words of wisdom and statesmanship from a Second World War veteran are infinitely more relevant today in an age of nuclear proliferation, placing the button of annihilation at the hand of a desperado.

  • Kim Jong-un's methods in his madness

    A former British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain's policy of appeasement to Hitler couldn't stop the Second World War from happening. This infamous reference point is raked up by the free rein the North Korea's predictably unpredictable leader Kim Jong-un has had, according to some analysts. Whether this is a bad or good analogy only time will reveal; and we needn't wait too long to find that out.

  • Scrounging off public services

    Unaccounted for money is susceptible to be ill-spent in drug markets, small arms purchases or financing hideous agendas. All this can destabilise a society.

  • No one to own up to chikungunya, measles, but the victims?

    Chikun-gunya in Dhaka and measles in Sitakunda, Chittagong have combined to highlight public health mismanagement at its height.

  • G20 summit outcome beyond the cold prints

    Who could disagree, for example, with the conclusion that the social and economic benefits and opportunities of life from orderly and regular migration can be substantial?

  • Striking a different path to fighting terrorism

    On June 21, 2017, Islamic State militants destroyed Mosul's 12th-century al-Nuri mosque and its iconic minaret al-Hadba as Iraq's counter-terrorism units advanced within 164 feet of the structure.

  • Wind of change in Europe

    All this means two things. First, small people's voice is becoming heard and second, decent-minded souls far outnumber the hateful lot. The silent majority must speak up and take charge.

  • Cricket is a great teacher

    At a British-hosted reception a few days before the finals of the ICC Champions Trophy at the Ovals, Indian cricket captain Virat Kohli said, “People want to see England and India play in the finals.”

  • A godsend for the Tigers

    By a huge stroke of luck, or you may call it divine intervention or compassionate justice, the rain-affected Australia versus Bangladesh match had been declared a draw. One point each to both teams has been awarded. This has unlocked the way for Bangladesh to move to the semi-finals.

  • Eyes on the British election

    Less than a week is left to the snap election in the UK. The latest Gallup poll points to a neck-and-neck contest between the Conservative Prime Minister Theresa May and her opposition Labour Party contender Jeremy Corbyn.

  • The strategy of solidarity

    After the Man-chester carnage, there should no longer be any sense of disbelief at the invidious lengths to which terrorists can go to make their presence felt.