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Volume 2 Issue 1 | January 2007



Original Forum Editorial

Month in Review: Bangladesh
Month in Review: International
What's so special about Bengal?-- Amartya Sen
The twilight of caretaker governance-- Rehman Sobhan
What is democracy? -- Imtiaz Ahmed and Munim Kumar Barai
The view from outside Dhaka -- Syed Akhtar Mahmood
Season of the bizarre -- Syed Badrul Ahsan
The bubble boys -- Asif Saleh
Photo Feature
Dhaka: A postcard from New Orleans -- Kazi Khaleed Ashraf
Honesty = Success, Dishonesty = Failure --Sharier Khan
A civil war of the soul -- Nadeem Rahman
Time for Plan B? -- Farid Bakht
Two sisters in Asia -- M Shahid Alam
Interview: Tint Swe, Burmese dissident -- Ahmede Hussain
Nepal: Treacherous past, tortuous future -- CK Lal
The rest is silence -- Andaleeb Shahjahan
Why did Durga, Sarbajaya, and Aparna have to die? -- Rubaiyat Hossain


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Photo Feature

Everywhere you look in the capital, high-rise buildings are coming up. We are proud of our ever-extending urban vista and see the glass and concrete towers all around us as evidence that Bangladesh is on the move. But there is a darker side to the construction business that depends on a work-force of tens of thousands of semi-trained and untrained labourers toiling day and night in dangerous conditions for little reward. The construction boom and Dhaka's budding 21st century sky-line are built on the backs of these most exploited and exposed of construction workers, and the next time we admire an impressive new edifice, we should spare a thought for the blood, sweat, and tears that went into its creation.

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