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Volume 5 Issue 09| September 2011



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The Onus is on India to Deliver
--Brig Gen Shahedul Anam Khan

Rise of Bangladesh:
Lessons in economic diplomacy from India

-- Jalal Alamgir
Conflicts over land and maritime boundaries

---- Syeed Ahamed
On Public Indebtedness
-- Jyoti Rahman
India-Bangladesh Relations:
A Forty-Year Retrospective

-- Ziauddin Choudhury
Photo Feature: The Crime of Negligence
Who is 'Indigenous?'
-- Wasfia Nazreen

Road Kill
-- Syed Zain Al-Mahmood

Combating Highway Terrorism

-- Devasish Roy Wangza

Popular Culture as a Safeguard
against Extremism

-- Fahmidul Haq

Reading Matir Moina: 54
From text to social context
--Zakir Hossain Raju

Muktir Gaan: 59
An End to Revisionist History

-- Naeem Mohaiemen


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The Crime of Negligence

A Photo Feature by Prito Reza

The “highest attainable standard of health” is a basic human right and inherent in this is adequate health and medical care. The story of our health care system, however, goes against this very definition. Inaccessible, unaffordable and substandard are some of the characteristics of our hospitals and medical professionals. Some people wait days to get admission into public hospitals -- sometimes out in the corridor for lack of accommodation -- while others have to sell off their possessions to be able to afford a seat in private ones. Some hospitals do not even have an ambulance to spare. Once admitted, it does not get any easier either, with directors and doctors -- even at emergency and intensive care wings -- late or completely absent; hospital staff inattentive to the point of negligent and rude; lack of hygiene, with the same, un-sterilised equipment used on multiple patients and low quality food; not to mention the numerous cases of malpractice which most often go unpunished. The story of our hospitals is one of fatal neglect.

Prito Reza is a freelance photojournalist.

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