Stop This Politics | The Daily Star
Publish: December 15, 2013
Three-and-a-half-year-old Gias and his father Mannan at the burn unit of DMCH. Mannan was badly burnt at Jatrabari in the capital during the 84-hour hartal on November 12 when pickets torched the bus he was in. file Photo: Palash Khan

Public furious like Vesuvius

From a distance, it looked like a usual chitchat a group of four youths were having in front of a roadside tea stall at Khamarbari intersection in the capital. A closer observation, however, revealed something different — they were expressing

Lal Mia being taken to CMCH after he picked up a crude bomb thinking it to be a ball.  Photo: File

Real culprits stay safe

Intermediate first year student Rajib (not his real name) was walking down an almost empty city street on his way home from a coaching centre on a hartal day three weeks ago. Suddenly, he saw a miscreant exploding a crude

Trucker Mohammad Milu at the burn unit of DMCH after his vehicle was set alight in late November near Ghorashal Bridge in Narsingdi. Photo: file/Focus Bangla

When lungs turn to charcoal

For the 16 arson victims, who died in the burn unit of Dhaka Medical College Hospital, it was almost like breathing fire until they finally gave up, say doctors. “During the attacks, they had to inhale a lot of heat

Burnt by a petrol bomb during a blockade, Gita Sen vents her anger and frustrations at the confrontational politics of the ruling and the opposition parties when the prime minister visited the burn victims at the DMCH on December 1. Photo: Courtesy

Voice that captured public mood

The conversations below took place between a burn victim named Gita Sen and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at the burn unit of Dhaka Medical College Hospital on December 1. They have been translated from a report published in the daily Prothom Alo on December 2.

“We have made you what you are; you have not made us. We live on our husbands’ earnings … you are playing games with us. We want a good government and not an ailing one.” Gita Sen, who suffered burns

A bus burns on the Dhaka-Chittagong highway near Sitakunda in mid November. Photo: file/Focus Bangla

The national security specter

What we are witnessing today hardly meets the definition of political programmes or agitation. The situation is radically assuming the character of subversion, particularly the acts of Jamaat, a recognised political party, following the execution of Quader Mollah. Targeting political

Speech impaired truck helper Mujibur at DMCH after his truck was torched in Comilla last week. Photo: file/Focus Bangla

Future political scenario

Bangladesh has experienced a long political journey of forty two years and during this period it had been ruled by several different political regimes (Mujib, Zia, Sattar, Ershad, Khaleda and Hasina regimes). During this period, sometimes broadly acceptable democratic regimes

An alleged opposition activist hurls a petrol bomb at Golpahar of Chittagong on December 2. Photo: file/Focus Bangla

Bangladesh in a new ‘Great Game’

Apopular game in Central Asia, known as Buzkashi, is played between two rival horse mounted teams in which a headless goat carcass is the object of contest to be dragged into the goal. The team that can snatch the carcass

Little Lima's mother cries quietly at the National Institute of Traumatology and Orthopedic Rehabilitation. Earlier this month, the child lost all the fingers of her right hand and suffered injuries to her stomach and left hand when she picked up a bomb, taking it to be a ball. Photo: file/Focus Bangla

Where politics has gone fugitive . . .

Politics in Bangladesh received a massive jolt through the assassinations of the Father of the Nation, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, and the four national leaders between August and November 1975. And then came a point when General Ziaur Rahman, as