On July 1, Islamic State-backed militants opened fire in the Holey Artisan Bakery in Dhaka, Bangladesh. After a standoff that lasted almost 12 hours, the six gunmen and 22 hostages were dead. This isn’t the first time Bangladesh has suffered from religiously motivated slayings. Since the start of 2015, militants have killed six secular bloggers and
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
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
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.
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
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
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
How much is Pakistan really benefiting from its “all weather friendship” with China? In recent times, there has been a lot of talk that the China-Pakistan “All Weather Friendship” is at an all-time high. The strongest reiteration of this point has been the $46 billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), which is being dubbed by many