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Cricket spat shouldn’t hold India-Bangladesh ties to ransom

A huge spat between two cricket officials is threatening to adversely impact India-Bangladesh bilateral relations at a time when these are at their best. Bangladesh Planning Minister A.H.M. Mustafa Kamal has resigned as the International Cricket Council (ICC) president to ...

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Our women are finally safe, Insha’Allah?

On July 6, 2014 Middle East Online published an article that made me sit up and try to figure out my reaction to it. Typically, I am fairly forthright with my reactions but this one had me scratch my belly ...

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Killing freedom, muzzling dissent

The gory murder of Avijit Roy in the streets of Dhaka sparked due anxiety about the persistent brutality against dissenting voices. Rickshaw, the students’ collective at South Asian University in New Delhi convened a public meeting in the aftermath of ...

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Regressive world of Islam

The world of Islam is in a state of turmoil. Radicalised Muslims and their misdemeanours are rarely out of the media spotlight these days throughout the whole world, and rightly so. From the earth shattering events of 9/11 in New ...

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Has politics survived amidst all this?

It does look like the party in power has been able to withstand the pressure mounted by its opponents led by the BNP. Jamaat is soundly in retreat and the chances of a new level of confrontational politics have fallen ...

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Facing India with our loss

Bangladeshis, in Bangladesh and worldwide, are deeply traumatised and tormented by the refereeing decisions or lack thereof in the Quarter Final loss to India in the 2015 Cricket World Cup. This commentary recommends ways to better deal with this adversity ...

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Genocide: Confusion with numbers

Every year since 1971, the month of March brings back so many memories of the work we did in the refugee camps in India. It also brings back violent nightmares which have haunted me ever since Bangladesh became a free ...

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Geoffrey Robertson’s delusions exposed

I have had the privilege of walking the streets of Bangladesh with the freedom to speak my mother tongue Bengali, with the freedom to choose to wear or not to wear the hijab, with the freedom to celebrate the artistry ...

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Dialogue key to ending crisis

The government thinks it can end the political unrest by force. But everyone knows that is not possible. It is a simple calculation. At least 116 people have died during the BNP-led 20-party 62 days of blockade and hartal, in ...

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It’s time to step it up for gender equality

If we look at the headlines or the latest horrifying YouTube clip, today –International Women’s Day–may seem a bad time to celebrate equality for women. But alongside the stories of extraordinary atrocity and everyday violence lies another reality, one where ...

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