• Refining the recruitment process for public universities?

    Apart from politics and other extra-academic issues, a problem with the recruitment process in public universities is that it heavily relies on academic results of the candidate. But almost all of the world's best universities would rather put much more emphasis on the research potential and record of the applicant.

  • Making development stronger than disaster

    As an ascending middle income country, Bangladesh is seeing heavy investment – from government, companies, and private citizens sending remittances from abroad.

  • A world where girls are equal to boys

    Imagine a world where girls and young women are seen and heard, occupying positions of influence within their communities and beyond.

  • Blood versus Boom

    What has actually gone wrong in the South Asian landscape? If one singles Pakistan out in this South Asian equation, one then naturally wonders, why the leaders of a single country that is projected to take off as the next investment friendly area, be unwise to jeopardise regional integration that could turn South Asia to record the highest GDP growth by 2030?

  • Xi Jinping's visit: Implications for Bangladesh-China relations

    Chinese President Xi Jinping's visit to Bangladesh is likely to be a landmark one owing to a number of factors. After three decades, a Chinese President is visiting Bangladesh, signifying growing importance of the country in South Asia's economics and geo-politics.

  • China, South Asia and Asian regionalism

    China's rising prosperity and the shift to a strategy of economic rebalancing, for the better part of a decade now, presents a unique opportunity for much stronger trade and economic relations with the country, not only for developed countries but also for developing countries, including South Asia, as it shifts resources to grow its domestic market.

  • The digital future is now

    The digital future is now

    The biggest challenge faced by the Bengali service came in 1971 when the Pakistan army launched a ferocious crackdown on Bengali nationalists campaigning for independence of what was then East Pakistan. The BBC became a lifeline service for millions of people inside East Pakistan and in refugee camps dotted along the border on the Indian side.

  • Developing alongside china

    Developing alongside China

    President Xi Jinping, the then General Secretary of the Communist Party of China, while delivering his speech at 'The Road to Rejuvenation' exhibition in Beijing said, “China in future will move forward like an enormous ship against strong wind and giant waves.

  • Cat Fight

    Samsung halts the production of the Samsung Note 7 smart phone after the incidents of battery explosions. Sigh, I wished this cause and effect applied to all the armaments companies in the world – we'd at least see the end of war in Syria.

  • A foreigner's perspective

    Having visited Thailand for over five times during my lifetime, I would like to believe that I learnt quite a lot about the country and its culture. Its booming tourism industry and ever growing clothing market are attractive to travellers and foreign investors alike.

  • What can Bangladesh learn from China?

    China, one of the four oldest civilisations in the world, has a written history of more than 4,000 years and boasts rich cultural relics and historical sites. It is the inventor of compass, paper-making, gunpowder and printing.

  • An Asian success story?

    Much was expected prior to the Chinese President's visit to Bangladesh, and surely enough, he did not disappoint. The milestone visit — the first to Bangladesh by a Chinese President in 30 years — was capped off by the largest ever pledge of assistance to Bangladesh by any single country.

  • Kitney Pakistani thhey?

    You can frame this question as when did Indian journalism self-destruct, when did it begin its self destruction, or, is it on its way to self-destruction?

  • Xi Jinping's Dhaka Visit

    Xi Jinping's milestone visit: transforming dynamics

    These large investments from China and the prospect for more in the course of time have indeed ushered in a new era for the Sino-Bangladesh ties; and these investments will spark new dynamics in the two countries' cooperative relations and engagements, which would lift them to a much higher trajectory.

  • The New Urban Agenda: What our cities can be

    The future is urban and nowhere is that more true than in Bangladesh. If current rates of urbanisation continue, the country's urban population will double by 2035.

  • Innovate to save lives

    I recently went to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of a city hospital. One of my students at BRACUniversity suffered a serious brain injury

  • It's a Mandir again

    It is a Mandir again. The controversy over it comes to life whenever there are elections. The Babri Masjid was demolished in December, 1992.

  • A strange way to hire teachers!

    A recent directive related to the recruitment of faculty members at public universities had a chilling effect on the universities.

  • Bangladeshi Without Borders

    Meet Iqbal Huda, known as “Tidal”, a Cox’s Bazar native who has spent his entire life helping people in distresss access free, need-based medical care— irrespective of creed, race, religion or political convictions.

  • Has anything really changed?

    In the just concluded national council of the ruling Awami League, more than 6,000 councillors empowered by their party constitution to elect all office bearers of the party's central committee have been able to perform their jobs only partially.

  • shadow world

    The Business of War

    There is a conspiracy theorist lurking inside most of us. Some have the unshakeable belief that Elvis Presley faked his own death or that a UFO landed in Roswell, New Mexico and the US government covered up the story.

  • When suffering becomes a propaganda icon

    The four year old Syrian boy with a burnt face found his way to the final debate between Republican candidate for president Donald Trump and the Democratic Party's Hillary Clinton at Las Vegas earlier this week.

  • Building research universities

    In an editorial I wrote in the Journal of Bangladesh Studies in 2003, I had noted a perplexing and worrisome situation in Bangladesh's academic institutions, both public and private – lack of a research culture.

  • Who determines our age?

    Agirl with dark skin, unruly hair or a plump figure gets called out – to her face or behind her back – for not being beautiful.


    Asaduzzaman Noor, a star in the world of art, culture and especially theatre, will complete 70 years of his multidimensional life on October 31 this year.

  • We need more specialised engineers!

    Although a significant number of private organisations have come forward in the generation of electricity, no one is emphasising on developing skilled manpower.

  • Bangladesh in the eyes of Americans

    One day after the terrorist attack in France last year, one of my students came to me and asked how far geographically Bangladesh was from the countries where ISIS is strong.

  • How will AL implement the reform?

    The statement by Awami League (AL) to draw a distinction between the party and the government could be quite significant if it is in fact implemented. It would mean that party leaders will not simultaneously be able to hold posts in the party and the cabinet.

  • Crisis Of Capitalism: An old debate and the US elections

    In January 1973, Paul Sweezy, a renowned Marxist economist, published an article in the Monthly Review Magazine on the causes of the decline of the US economy, and why stagnation and increasing dependence on a permanent state of war had become its regular features.

  • Dissent and the price of freedom

    "Sairachar nipat jak; Ganatantra mukti pak" (Down with autocracy; Let there be democracy). With these words painted on his chest and back, Noor Hossain took a stand against the autocracy of Lieutenant General Hussain Muhammad Ershad as part of the the Dhaka Siege on November 10. The rally turned bloody, and Noor Hossain was killed under riot conditions, reportedly from police firing.