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    Power, democracy and journalism

    Nurul Kabir | Updated at 06:33pm on October 26, 2017

    JOURNALISM is a political activity, for any information it produces, any analysis it provides or any opinion it offers to its audience serves to some or the other political school of thoughts — if not some or the other organised political forces of...

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    Challenges of civil society intellectuals

    Dr Mizanur Rahman Shelley | Updated at 06:25pm on October 26, 2017

    ‘IN THE beginning there was the word’. The word at the very heart of the revolutionary liberation of Bangladesh in 1971 was ‘democracy’. There were other vital concepts as basic ingredients of the new society such as nationalism, secularism and...

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    Declining democracy and reclining leadership

    Taj Hashmi | Updated at 06:15pm on October 26, 2017

    WHILE democracy has become problematic in several countries, on January 5, 2014, Bangladesh crossed the threshold of ‘illiberal democracy’ to enter the...

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    Whither civil society in promoting democracy

    Rashed Al Mahmud Titumir | Updated at 06:10pm on October 26, 2017

    THERE is a widespread frustration on the role of civil society in democratic transformation of state in Bangladesh. Such discontent heightens when ‘civil society’ is celebrated as a panacea for promoting development and democracy by...

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    Media in times of class unrest

    Afsan Chowdhury | Updated at 06:07pm on October 26, 2017

    THIS is not the moment for some slogan-mongering Lefties to overrun the republic but a time when old class clusters are undergoing rearrangements. The rise of the...

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    Islamic naissance to probe cultural imperialism

    Hisham M Nazer | Updated at 06:04pm on October 26, 2017

    ALTHOUGH we cannot say Bangladesh has ever fully enjoyed a cosmopolitan environment, but she sure has cultured a national organism that has so...

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    Civil society and democracy

    Anis Chowdhury | Updated at 05:58pm on October 26, 2017

    CIVIL society gained prominence worldwide as a political force beginning in the 1980s in the context of radical changes, first of economic paradigm, unleashed by...

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    Vortex in Bangladesh

    S M Shamsul Alam | Updated at 05:43pm on October 26, 2017

    SUMMER 2016 was eventful for Bangladesh. The holy month of Ramadan (fasting), June was marked by optimism as the rapidly growing urban middle class geared up for a shopping spree to celebrate Eid-ul-Fitr (breaking of the fast). It was...

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    The social wilderness

    T Zami | Updated at 05:36pm on October 26, 2017

    BUS commuters in Dhaka would often notice a curious pattern. People flag down buses all the time at different intersections, even casually...

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    Rizwan – the story of a people’s resistance

    Sadia Arman | Updated at 05:20pm on October 26, 2017

    RIZWAN, a play produced and directed by Syed Jamil Ahmed was publicly shown at Shilpakala Academy from the 2nd to 10th September 2017. It uses as...