Opinion

December 17, 2021
December 17, 2021

Column by Mahfuz Anam: Golden Jubilee Celebration - Media’s role and the diplomatic challenges in 1971

The mood of the moment is overwhelmingly celebratory. And why not? Not only are we observing 50 years of our independence, but we are doing so with a new sense of pride, accomplishment and, most...

December 3, 2021
December 3, 2021

Column by Mahfuz Anam: Our killer roads - Students have once again raised a vital issue

Just as we are making news as a role model of development, we are also attracting global attention as perhaps the only country in the world where school students need to demonstrate on the streets...

November 12, 2021
November 12, 2021

Column by Mahfuz Anam: Why is public convenience an alien concept for our decision-makers?

Starting from unannounced road blocks forcing commuters into hours of traffic congestion, to making important arterial roads off limits for visiting foreign guests, to cutting off gas and power for...

November 5, 2021
November 5, 2021

Column by Mahfuz Anam: Our team at T20 World Cup - A metaphor of present-day Bangladesh politics

At the very start, I say with as much vehemence as I am capable of that a game is a game is a game.

October 29, 2021
October 29, 2021

Column by Mahfuz Anam: 50 years of journalism and the way forward

When we refer to our glorious period of journalism, we usually mean the pre-liberation period. Ironically, compared to today, the media was at its most rudimentary stage at that time.

October 22, 2021
October 22, 2021

Column by Mahfuz Anam: Imbibing 1971 values in our post-liberation generation

Never on the soil of independent Bangladesh would anyone ever have to suffer because of his or her religion.

October 15, 2021
October 15, 2021

Column by Mahfuz Anam: History within Covers

The contribution of the Daily Ittefaq to the formation of our nationhood is well-known. Its editor-publisher, Tofazzal Hossain Manik Miah, remains an icon of journalism in this part of the world,...

October 8, 2021
October 8, 2021

Column by Mahfuz Anam: Elections - déjà vu or a move forward

Our next election is not due for two years—at the end of 2023. For many countries, it is too early to talk about it. But not in our case. To hold a proper election, there will be endless talks,...

October 1, 2021
October 1, 2021

Column by Mahfuz Anam: Why is individual freedom such a plaything in our legal system?

We are delighted that Jhumon Das finally walked out of prison on Tuesday, after being incarcerated for nearly seven months for a Facebook post in which he criticised Hefazat-e-Islam leader Mamunul...

September 3, 2021
September 3, 2021

Column by Mahfuz Anam: Who do our ‘public servants’ serve?

What happened recently in Barishal between a local mayor and an Upazila Nirbahi Officer (UNO) is not the real story. Why it happened is. And in that story is hidden many facets of the crucial issue...