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A demon called suppressed sexuality!

There is definitely a nagging feeling of disquiet over the incident within the Dhaka university campus on Pahela Baishakh when a group of rowdy young men physically harassed young women taking part in the Bengali New Year’s celebrations. To state ...

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“If I am Mayor”

We welcome the youthful and inspiring pledges made by the mayoral candidates of Dhaka City Corporation to build up a modern and improved Dhaka. The mayoral candidates taking part in Prothom Alo’s “If I am the mayor” dialogue, all agreed ...

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Land Boundary Agreement without Assam?

New Delhi cannot avoid responsibility for the failure to implement the 1974 boundary agreement between Bangladesh and India. The Bangladesh parliament approved the agreement at the time, but the Indian parliament has left it in limbo till date. When the ...

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Mujibnagar: History’s first Bengali government

On April 17, 1971, we spotted a flicker of light in the depth of the darkness threatening to consume us in all its ferocity. The formation of the provisional Bangladesh government in Mujibnagar remains, and will remain, a defining moment ...

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Expect nothing better

History repeats itself and such is the stories of kings and queens and their kowtowing minions It was broad daylight. A very special day, with the so-called security blanket covering the capital city, especially in the vicinity of its epicenter ...

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Bring culprits to book

The sexual harassment of women on Pahela Baishaskh on the Dhaka University campus was most condemnable. The perpetrators of such reprehensible abuse are perverted criminals and must be given exemplary punishment. However, not only has the police failed to arrest ...

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The sordid history of collaborationist Bengalis: 1971 and after

It is time to return to history again, now that the wheels of justice have begun to roll. The trial and execution of Abdul Kader Mollah and Mohammad Kamaruzzaman rekindle in us, in those of us who have been witness ...

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Rediscovering Gandhi in this globalised age

It’s almost a month since British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond visited India, a few days before Mahatma Gandhi’s statue was unveiled at Parliament Square in London in the presence of Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley. Call it a coincidence, the ...

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Have a good day Barrister Toby Cadman

I usually do not enter into confrontational dialogue with readers of my opinion editorials or any other commentary I write for newspapers. But when it comes to Barrister Toby Cadman, I think certain things need to be addressed for the ...

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Bangladesh v. Religious Extremists

Nationalism, socialism, democracy, and secularism are the four fundamental principles of the Bangladesh Constitution. Ironically we are living in a country where the constitution speaks for secularism, but society does not. Religious intolerance has grown deep roots in our society, ...

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