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    The symphony of our times

    Dr Mizanur Rahman Shelley | Updated at 12:05am on August 28, 2017

    A CULTURAL troupe from the then Soviet Socialist Republic of Azerbaijan visited Dhaka during the spring of 1969. It contained performing artistes, including singers, dancers and instrumentalists who impressed the Dhaka audience with their charming performance. Their music was a blend of Turkish, Arabian and Central Asian tones and tunes...

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    Defending the ‘liberal’ in liberal democracies

    by Amal Karim | Updated at 12:05am on August 28, 2017

    IN EVERYDAY parlance, words like ‘democracy’ and ‘liberalism’ are often used without giving much thought to their nuanced definitions. In more sophisticated discourse, we might sometimes hear the word ‘democracy’ qualified by ‘liberal’, to indicate a particular variant of democracy...

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    History in Capital, Capital in history

    | Updated at 12:05am on August 28, 2017

    ‘MARX was the best hated and most calumniated man of his time’, Engels remarked in his graveside oration, because he discovered two things that struck at the heart of capitalism. Firstly, it was neither natural nor eternal...

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    University politicisation has already taken its toll

    | Updated at 12:05am on August 27, 2017

    EXTRAORDINARY politicisation of university, of both the teaching and the administrative stuff, has reared its ugly head in teacher recruitment, plagued with nepotism and irregularities, at the University of Dhaka, specifically during the tenure of the incumbent vice-chancellor...

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    Renewable energy for agriculture in Bangladesh

    | Updated at 12:05am on August 27, 2017

    BANGLADESH is one of the most vulnerable countries to climate change impact. It is assumed that regular and severe natural hazards that batter the country — tropical cyclones, river erosion, flood, landslide and drought — are all set to increase in intensity and frequency as a result of climate change...

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    NATO’s welcome bear

    by Brian Cloughley | Updated at 12:05am on August 27, 2017

    THE admirable weekly newspaper The Economist had an article in October ten years ago titled ‘Putin flexes his muscles.’ Then on August 12, 2017 it had a piece on its web site titled ‘Russia’s biggest war game in Europe since the cold war alarms NATO’ — but in the print edition on my desk the same piece is titled ‘Mr Putin flexes his muscles.’ One wonders why the headline was changed, although it’s interesting to note that the honorific ‘Mister’ has been added since 2007...

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    Kashmir suffocated

    by AG Noorani | Updated at 12:05am on August 27, 2017

    ‘DO not think you are dealing with a part of Uttar Pradesh, Bihar or Gujarat. You are dealing with an area, historically and geographically and in all manner of things, with a certain background. If we bring our local ideas and local prejudices everywhere, we will never consolidate...

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    Muslim women a play thing in communal politics?

    by Saeed Naqvi | Updated at 12:05am on August 27, 2017

    PUT it down to my acute perversity, because as soon as celebrations broke out and I glanced at the Supreme Court’s triple talaq judgement, Josh Malihabadi’s rubayee (quatrain) swam into my ken...

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    Madras: the singing of the national song

    by Garga Chatterjee | Updated at 12:05am on August 27, 2017

    THE Madras High Court is a court in whose jurisdiction hundreds of thousands of cases of murder, rape, theft, arson, family disputes, property disputes and various other issues pertaining to the real world are pending with no sign of backlog getting cleared...

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    The spectre of ‘pre-emptive’ war

    by Larry Beinhart | Updated at 12:05am on August 27, 2017

    US PRESIDENT Donald Trump proclaims apocalypse. ‘They will be met with fire, fury and frankly power the likes of which this world has never seen before.’ At his New Jersey golf club, he proclaimed again, ‘If anything, maybe that statement wasn't tough enough.’..

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