Opinion

April 8, 2020
April 8, 2020

Opinion: Corona is only as cruel as capitalism’s weakest link

That capitalism is cruel should come as no surprise to those who understand either the meaning of cruelty or the logic of capitalism.

March 23, 2020
March 23, 2020

One more nail in the coffin of free press

A barrage of fireworks light up the smoggy skies of Dhaka and I feel as if I’m in the opening scenes of a dystopian film.

August 4, 2016
August 4, 2016

The devil in development

The word “development” - eliciting as it does grandiloquent notions of progress - has become, at least in Bangladesh, something of a red herring.

June 2, 2016
June 2, 2016

If our democracy could talk, what would it say?

When people resist what the government would like to wholesale, impose, or force-feed as “development”, democracy seems quite at ease to quell people's resistances, violate pledges and dismiss...

May 3, 2016
May 3, 2016

Who says we're not free?

Last week, Freedom House, an independent watchdog organisation that conducts research and advocacy on democracy, political freedom...

April 20, 2016
April 20, 2016

When only men make the news

On the onset, it seems women are everywhere in the media. You switch on the TV, there is inevitably an attractive woman luring you

April 11, 2016
April 11, 2016

A lesson on lessons not learnt

Eleven years ago, on a hot, stuffy day not unlike today, a building had come crashing down on the sweating workers of a sweater factory.

March 3, 2016
March 3, 2016

What do we celebrate when we celebrate 'special' days?

We are quite happy, thank you very much, to superficially engage with an issue and then sweep it under the rug as soon as the day is over.

February 18, 2016
February 18, 2016

You can't pass a donkey as a horse!

AT the risk of sounding “anti-growth” and “anti-exports” – and heck, of damaging the “image” of the country (because, apparently,

January 28, 2016
January 28, 2016

Whose city is it, anyway?

The impassioned descriptions all collide against, but dissolve into each other – the past, present and future, stories of pain, aspiration, fear and anger compete against each other to be heard.