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    Minar Rashid

    Minar Rashid is a Marine Engineer and a Social Thinker

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  • A blood-soaked shirt depicts the real picture of Bangladesh4

    by Minar Rashid    26 July 2018 As per Global Financial Integrity (GFI), a Washington-based research and advisory organization, more than 75 billion dollars have been siphoned from a poor country like Bangladesh during the last nine years of Sheikh Hasina’s tenure as prime minister. Tens of millions of dollars stolen from Bangladesh’s central bank

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  • Bangladesh: Will this country become Pakistan or Kashmir?2

      1. A political group is spreading the perception that the country will again become Pakistan if Awami League loses control of Bangladesh. They even suggested a label “Banglastan” for this supposed nation which transforms into an improvised Pakistan in the East. But symptomatically it appears to become another Kashmir, or in a classical sense

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  • The pain is doubled when the government keeps saying Bangladesh has democracy2

    Sheikh Hasina has choked her grip on the citizens of Bangladesh using all kinds of rules and regulations. Bangladesh passport bill is the latest one. This law can refuse issuance or renewal of anyone’s passport if the government suspects someone to be anti-state. Mixing up the state with the government, anyone can be accused of

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  • Tetul Hujur now sour with Khaleda, sweet with Hasina0

    It requires a little bit of explanation of this title for non-Bengali readers of this column. Tetul is a Bengali word for tamarind, and ‘Hujur’ is used to address a Muslim cleric. Tetul Hujur in English would be something like Mister Tamarind even though it loses its intended flavor in the translation. Tamarind is a

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  • Headless democracy, heartless neighbor3

    We need a good neighbor; our neighbor needs it too.   Minar Rashid A good neighbor is the blessing from the creator. As the saying goes, you can change your life partner if it does not suit you, but cannot change your neighbor. Pakistan or India would have changed their neighbors’ long time back if

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  • Bangladesh on the brink

    Bangladesh on the brink5

    Is Bangladesh on the brink? Just traveling through Dhaka and everywhere now a days, it is hard to fathom it. Security forces are fully in control, like what you see in Moscow, Russia. You must watch out what you say or do in public. Dr. Rehman Sobhan, a well-known economist and a prominent civil society

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  • India -Bangladesh defense pact – Honey mixed with poison for a friend

    India -Bangladesh defense pact – Honey mixed with poison for a friend1

    Minar Rashid A famous folk song in Chittagong goes like this; “my love, you fed me poison telling it’s honey.” In colloquial Chittagonian, it is; “Modhu koi Koi, arey bish khawaila”. Bangladesh is reverberating with news of India-Bangladesh defense pact expected to be signed during Sheikh Hasina’s visit to India in April 2017. India is

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  • Waiting for Husband, Waiting for democracy2

    Waiting for Husband, Waiting for democracy March 9, 2017 The photo of this woman was taken after midnight on Minto Road in Dhaka city. Ms. Shefa Srishti is anxiously standing at the gate of detective branch head office to watch her husband getting released from this detention facility. She knows her little negligence tonight may

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  • Why is India allowing Hasina to swim in Chinese water?

    Why is India allowing Hasina to swim in Chinese water?0

    Why is India allowing Hasina to swim in Chinese water? Imagine a cartoon of Sheikh Hasina, Prime Minister of Bangladesh attempting to swim in Chinese waters and Narendra Modi, the Prime Minister of India offering a life Jacket to keep her afloat. Intriguingly this appears to be the political scenario in the Indian Sub-Continent. That

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