Back Issues
The Team
Contact us
Volume 2 Issue 9| October 2007



Original Forum Editorial

Month in Review: Bangladesh
Month in Review: International
What does the opposition want to oppose?- - Farid Bakht
Turning point for the Bangladesh Economy--Forrest Cookson
Entry strategies-- Jyoti Rahman and Syeed Ahamed
Coal policy needs finalisation now -- S.M. Mahfuzur Rahman
Energy sector issues and an open mind-- S. Nazrul Islam
Country at a crossroads, nation cross-eyed-- Shahnoor Wahid
Building a knowledge society -- Ananya Raihan
Photo Feature --After the Rains 
Private Universities: New laws and the real picture -- Kazi Anis Ahmed
Remote control -- Kamila Shamsie
The Tin Bigha corridor 15 years on--Jason Cons
Emerson and Islam-- Syed Ashraf Ali
Golden past, golden future-- Kamran Rahman
Science Forum
It's No Joke
Forum Lit


Forum Home


Photo Feature

A photo feature by Mumit M/ Real Picture

They live on the margins of the city, yet the city could not exist without them. They come to the city for refuge, but there is no space for them. We don't want them to live beside us, but we need them to work for us. We want their daily lives and living conditions conveniently hidden from our sight.

The sprawling slums are the only place where those forced from their village homes are welcome. The perilous tongs and bastis are the only shelter afforded them. The low-paid, menial jobs are the only ones open to them in this city of millions.


They serve the economy but face year-round job insecurity. They serve us in our homes but face eviction from their own homes. Yet they have no choice but to make their homes in the bastis, ghettos and slums of a city that needs them but does not welcome them.

© thedailystar.net, 2007. All Rights Reserved