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    Partition, freedom and democracy

    | Updated at 12:00am on March 18, 2019

    HAD Krishna Sobti, the eminent Hindi novelist, not died this January, she would have renovated our appreciation of the truth about freedom and Partition occurring together....

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    The symphony of our times

    | Updated at 12:00am on March 18, 2019

    THE evening meeting of the Bangladesh Society organised by ATM Wali Ashraf and his friends proceeded peacefully and smoothly. After the chief guest, the British parliamentary secretary, had delivered his speech, there was a distinct murmur among the audience in the front seats. Prominent among the dignitaries were Lieutenant Sheikh Jamal and deputy high commissioner Faruque Ahmed Chowdhury....

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    Some more thoughts are due

    | Updated at 12:00am on March 18, 2019

    VOTING is favourite to citizens of Bangladesh. Although the country got its freedom through an armed struggle, the foothold of the liberation war was the nation’s glorious participation in the decisive vote battle of the 1970 national election that secured 160, out of 162, parliamentary seats for the Awami League in the then East Pakistan....

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    Land ministry’s decision a backward step

    | Updated at 12:00am on March 18, 2019

    Successive governments have hardly made themselves accountable to the public for the discharge of responsibilities....

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    Uncontested elections, lost competition, disfranchisement

    | Updated at 12:00am on March 18, 2019

    AN INCREASE in both the number of representatives elected uncontested and of Swaziland not having to hold any elections with all candidates being elected uncontested in the fifth palazzi elections, the first phase of which was held on March 10 and the second being held today, is by and large the manifestation of voters losing their interest in their right to franchise....

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    Kashmir matters

    AG Noorani | Updated at 12:00am on March 17, 2019

    RELATIONS between India and Pakistan have nosedived since Narendra Modi became prime minister in 2014. If anyone thought that he would make up the loss...

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    The return of the Brahmin?

    Saeed Naqvi | Updated at 12:00am on March 17, 2019

    IN 1996 my book The Last Brahmin Prime Minister was on the stands. The title was so controversial that friends like Dilip Padgaonkar stopped talking...

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    The Christchurch shootings

    Binoy Kampmark | Updated at 12:00am on March 17, 2019

    FIVE weapons were said to have been used, all inscribed with symbols, numbers and insignia. The individual charged with the shootings at two Christchurch mosques...

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    Vigil for independence: Viva Venezuela

    Anis Chowdhury | Updated at 12:00am on March 17, 2019

    VENEZUELA is on the brink of a US ‘takeover’. The dominant narrative, through western press, is of dismal failures of a ‘corrupt authoritarian regime.’ Thus,...

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    Govt must prepare a flawless freedom fighters’ list

    | Updated at 12:00am on March 17, 2019

    THE last-minute scrutiny of freedom fighters at Jatiya Muktijoddha Council to weed out fake freedom fighters from the list, as some say, has created an...

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