March 30, 2017

Revisiting Operation ‘Searchlight’

Bangladesh's national martyres monument in Dhaka. (Photo by nasir khan, CC license)

Militarily “Operation Searchlight” was necessary as a pre-emptive strike. That an outstanding military success would end in a horrible human catastrophe and an unmitigated political disaster was also inevitable. Has anyone really been held accountable in Pakistan? Read More »

Bangladesh: ‘Suicidal Deals with India Unacceptable’

File photo of a meeting between Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina Wajid and her Indian counterpart Narendra Modi in New York on September 24, 2015. (Photo via video stream)

The approaching visit of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in April 7-10 to India, the worries are more in Bangladesh, the apprehension that she might be intimidated to give in to India’s interest at the cost of that of Bangladesh. Read More »

Flowing in the Right Direction

Water is fast becoming a scarce resource. (Photo by Syed Zakir Hossain)

Bangladesh has achieved significant development in terms of water security, but it has a lot more to do. Read More »

Bangladesh Drifting Towards Radicalization

Bandarbans is one of the regions in southeast Bangladesh which is witnessing growing extremist presence. (Photo by Samiul Huda, CC License)

The South Asian nation is witnessing increasing incidence of terrorism, with government increasingly succumbing to the growing political power of religious extremists. The IS and Al-Qaeda-affiliated groups are showing growing presence in Chittagong and other regions in southeast Bangladesh. Read More »

Bangladesh: An African Path to Prosperity?

An evening in Dhaka Bangladesh. (Photo by mariusz kluzniak, CC License)

Whether Bangladesh succeeds in meeting its challenges will depend on its ability to improve its infrastructure and tax collection, its willingness to deal with governance and corruption, and to deepen economic inclusion. Few would, on the record of the last 20 years, bet against it. Read More »

Bangladesh Transforms Despite its Vicious Politics

Bangladesh's feuding Begums -- Khalida Zia and Prime Minister Hasina Wajid.

The past 25 years have seen astonishing and unexpected transformations in social and economic welfare. Unless something extraordinary happens, Bangladesh looks to be headed for a political transformation involving the decline of at least one political dynasty. Read More »

Bangladesh: Joining the Saudi Coalition Would be a Bad Idea

Saudi Defence Minister Prince Mohmmad Bin Salman Al Saud announcing the military alliance of 34 Islamic countries. (Photo via video stream)

Joining the Saudi coalition is an awful idea that can bring tidal waves of retaliation killing to Bangladesh in the process. Every moron and their nephew will now open a Da’esh franchise in Bangladesh, warns one analyst.. Read More »

Living with Unsafe Water in Dhaka

Children collect water in Kallyanpur, one of Dhaka's urban slums.
(Photo by Kibae Park, Creative Commons License)

Contaminated tap water puts millions at risk in Bangladesh’s capital because of the city’s vast network of damaged underground pipes and lack of waste disposal. Read More »

View from Bangladesh: The Hindu Dilemma

The main Hindu temple in Dhaka. (Photo by Joe Coyle, Creative Commons License)

India’s recent decision to let Bangladeshi Hindus stay there indefinitely has made many people happy, but the move raises some tricky questions. Read More »

Solar Lamps Make Big Money for Bangladesh

(Photo by Joydeep Gupta, via thethirdpole.net)

Bangladesh is the first country to get UN climate funds to install home solar energy systems in villages off the electricity grid. Read More »