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  • Why dropping “West” from “West Bengal” is a blow to our identity

    Why dropping “West” from “West Bengal” is a blow to our identity0

    Bengal without the prefix tries to invent a wholly-contained make-believe identity. The West Bengal state Cabinet has decided to drop West from the state’s official name and make it either Bongo or Bangla (and Bengal in English). The trigger for this renaming is the long-time problem that West Bengal faces at meetings convened by the

  • IS THE STRIKE BY BANK UNIONS IN INDIA JUSTIFIED ?

    IS THE STRIKE BY BANK UNIONS IN INDIA JUSTIFIED ?0

    Nine bank unions joined together and organized a nation wide strike on 29th July,2016, which crippled the banking operations all over India. After the one day strike, the bank unions claimed that around one million bank employees joined the strike and it was a grand success. What do these unions mean by  success?  Do they

  • Story of the Less Talked About Gender

    Story of the Less Talked About Gender0

    Something old, something new, something unconventional, something … transgendered? Racial equality. Religious freedom. Freedom of speech. These are the social justice issues that often come to mind when we speak of human rights. On the international stage, rights for certain communities are often disregarded. The transgender people in the developing world are one such example.

  • Some Effective Measures to Counter Terrorism in Bangladesh

    Some Effective Measures to Counter Terrorism in Bangladesh0

    Politicians and law-enforcers in Bangladesh, from time to time, hype up both panic and complacency by publicizing the following: “terrorists everywhere” or “no terrorists anywhere”, in the country. The ambivalence is counterproductive to counterterrorism (CT) operation. The first and foremost requirement for effective CT is understanding of terrorism per se, that terrorists are not mindless

  • China’s efforts to legitimize its nominee as the 11th Panchen Lama in Tibet

    China’s efforts to legitimize its nominee as the 11th Panchen Lama in Tibet3

    It is reported that Baingen Erdini Qoigyijabu who was recognized (appointed) by Chinese government as the 11t h Panchen Lama, started the Kalachakra ritual, which is a holy ritual and important rite for Buddhists for activating dormant enlightenment. The fact is that Baingen Erdini Qoigyijabu, a 25 year old man now, took over the position of 11th Panchen Lama with the

  • Rehman Sobhan: Untranquil Recollections – The Years of Fulfilment

    Rehman Sobhan: Untranquil Recollections – The Years of Fulfilment0

    Book Review Writing history in Bangladesh always has been a sensitive activity, what with so many people hesitant to revisit their experience, especially during the war that brought independence to the country. Now the writing of that history has become risky with proposed legislation that criminalizes challenging myths of creation — like the numbers killed

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  • The Rohingyas – Inside Myanmar’s Hidden Genocide, book review

    The scale and nature of the violence unleashed by the Myanmar authorities against the Rohingya have prompted a top United Nations official to describe the operation as a “textbook example of ethnic cleansing.” Human Rights Watch has concurred, and Amnesty International has called for an investigation into these criminal acts. The violence, underpinned by the

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