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What a gift on Victory Day!

WE are witnessing something unprece-dented and unheard of in the electoral history of Bangladesh. In absence of any challenger from opposition parties, some 151 candidates from Awami League-led ruling alliance are going to be elected without having to test their

The Mandela magic
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The Mandela magic

BEFORE Nelson Mandela ascended to the peak of his political career as South Africa’s president through a multiracial election held in 1994, his country was an international pariah. Obviously, the apartheid policy of segregating the majority black population from the

It’s all for consensus!
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It’s all for consensus!

COMPARED to Watergate, Friday morning’s breaking into BNP’s central office at Nayapaltan by plainclothesmen was too violent to be called the AL-run election-time government’s ‘Nayapaltangate.’ The ‘Watergate Scandal’ in the USA that was instrumental in the resignation of President Nixon

Ruling AL should play the game
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Ruling AL should play the game

THE two major events of last week, US envoy Nisha Desai’s three-day Dhaka visit and Khaleda Zia-led opposition delegation’s meeting with the president, though they could not break the prevailing political deadlock, did at least present the country with a

Why hound the opposition with election at hand?
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Why hound the opposition with election at hand?

NEITHER the hartal called by the opposition, nor the arrest of five BNP leaders by the government makes sense. The 72-hour hartal that the opposition BNP-led 18-party alliance had called in the afternoon of Friday surprised many, because the last

Paradox that tells the truth
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Paradox that tells the truth

A recent survey carried out to gauge the public’s view of contemporary events involving politics and government has come up with startling results. The authors of the study, The Daily Star and the Asia Foundation, found that respondents from the

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When so much depends on a person

THE prospect of telephonic contact between the two party supremos seized the attention of the media and curious public the whole day on Saturday. Will they talk, and if so, when? Everyone was agog. Finally Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, also

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A wrong move, at a wrong time

SCARCELY 24 hours had passed after Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in her address to the nation called upon the opposition to join parliament for a dialogue and also invited it to participate in her proposed all-party election-time administration, when the

Brinkmanship or sheer madness?
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Brinkmanship or sheer madness?

THE speculation now going the rounds is what will happen on October 25 and after. But why should it be so hard to predict things about a time that is only a week and a half away? That is because

The war of words
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The war of words

POLITICAL use of religion has been largely behind social intolerance and communal disharmony in South Asia since the fag end of British colonialism in the region. And even after the colonialists left the subcontinent, indigenous politicians who took charge of

Will they control their language?
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Will they control their language?

“Every man takes the limits of his own field of vision for the limits of the world.” – Arthur Schopenhauer LANGUAGE matters. To comprehend what someone is saying, members of the audience listen both to what and how something is

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An act of generosity, indeed!

TWO trucks were speeding wildly along the old Dhaka-Narayanganj road in Fatulla to overtake each other at dead of night. One of them first rammed into a roadside teashop, then stopped dead in its tracks causing a chasing police van

Felani murder trial can be the beginning..
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Felani murder trial can be the beginning..

THE Indian Border Security Force (BSF) has decided to revise the Felani Khatun murder trial, the Indian High Commissioner to Bangladesh told the media on September 13. This decision has come a week after a special BSF court had cleared

Why are our PMs like dictators?
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Why are our PMs like dictators?

HOW power is transferred from one government to the next is an indicator of whether we are talking about a democracy or a dictatorship. While at the end of its term a democratic government hands over power to the next

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Are they listening?

OVER the last few days Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, from different public gatherings, has been seeking people’s mandate to rule the country for another term. From a party rally at Suhrawardy Uddyan last Friday to the women’s gathering in Ashulia

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Embattled JU VCs

THE four days’ nightmare at the Jahangirnagar University (JU) is over at least for the next ten days. Vice Chancellor Professor Anwar Hossain, who was kept shut in his office from August 21 till August 24 by his agitating colleagues,

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Egypt under military boots

THE Egyptian Spring went into coma on July 3 with the overthrow of the country’s first elected government of Mohamed Morsi by the military. And with the August 14 massacre of civilians who were protesting through sit-in demonstration against the

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There was none to help him out

THE Bangladeshi youth Nafis has nothing in self-defence as he has admitted to having plotted to blow up the Federal Reserve Bank in New York. Had the explosive device he used to carry out the terrorist attack on the US

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Waiting for a miracle?

THE pattern is familiar. Since the 1990s, before every election for the Jatiya Sangsad (parliament), the political situation becomes dicier with every passing day. The atmosphere this time seems even worse than before. The efforts being made earlier by the

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Reckless politicians

POWER is blind. Politicians have power and, unless tempered with responsibility, they have the proclivity for getting blinded by it. Patuakhali’s lawmaker Golam Moula Roni did go blind on Saturday afternoon when he failed to control himself and fell upon

When fear paralyses reason
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When fear paralyses reason

OUR native brinjal or begun in Bangla, has been genetically modified by introducing an alien gene into is DNA(genetic material). The modified version of this popular vegetable called Bt brinjal has the ability to fight its worst enemy, a pest

Egypt’s aborted democracy
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Egypt’s aborted democracy

THE January 25 uprising of 2011, popularly called Revolution, that overthrew the three-decade-old dictatorship of Hosni Mobarak saw a united Egypt. Protesters who gathered at the Cairo’s Tahrir Square represented all Egyptians regardless of their political or ideological identities, except,

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It should not have happened

THE suspension of Bangladesh from US’s Generalised System of Preference (GSP) scheme has given rise to the all-too-familiar blame game in our national politics. The government in its initial reaction to the US decision did not miss the opportunity to

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The mission to deconstruct

HOW helpless is an institution or an individual before the power of a government? Ask Nobel laureate Dr. Munhammad Yunus, the founder of Grameen Bank (GB). The government first dislodged the person Yunus from his position as the managing director

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Read the writing on the wall

WHAT should we make of the results of the just completed elections under the four city corporations? Can we look at the result as the outcome of the anti-incumbency factor, since all the winners are opposition BNP supported mayoral candidates?

Dalliance with black money
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Dalliance with black money

THE governments since independence have been courting black money to come into mainstream economy. But so far the unwilling horse of black money could hardly be led to water, far less made to drink. Even so, our finance ministers won’t

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Stop playing lose-lose game

THE former military dictator Ershad has dared the ruling Awami League the opposition BNP together to prove their popularity in a presidential election. Since such an election is against the spirit of constitution, he has even suggested that such an

Government messes it up again

It was again another big mess-up by the government. Failing to dissuade the leaders of Hefazat-e-Islam (HI) from withdrawing their long march to Dhaka, the government finally gave it permission to hold a rally at the end of the long

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Repair ideological faultlines

THE nation is passing through the worst of the times in terms of confrontation between the government and the political parties in the opposition. On Friday, some UN Human Rights experts called upon all the parties involved to end violence

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The lesson Zillur left for us

PRESIDENT Zillur Rahman died at a point in Bangladesh’s political history when politics and politicians were being looked upon as a necessary evil only. In the public eye, they were nothing but a bunch of individuals bound by clannish loyalty

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Are we sliding down a slippery slope?

As politics is becoming more confrontational, the narrative of social discourse is getting warlike. The language of extremism as a consequence is no more confined to the domain of extremist politics, but has flooded into the otherwise civil preserve of

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Cool heads should prevail

Spiral-ing violence is engulfing the entire Bangladesh society. The number of the dead is swelling by the hour. It all started after the International War Crimes Tribunal (ICT) sentenced Jamaat-e-Islami ((JI) leader Delwar Hossain Sayedee to death on Thursday for