Independence Day Special 2021

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    Searching for development as freedom

    Anis Chowdhury | Updated at 12:44am on March 26, 2021

    AT BIRTH Bangladesh was described as a ‘basket-case’ by Henry Kissinger, the most arrogant of all US secretaries of state. Two senior World Bank economists,...

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    From independence to COVID-19

    Rashed Al Mahmud Titumir | Updated at 12:39am on March 26, 2021

    THE independence of Bangladesh through the bloodshed in 1971 raised the flag in the hope of liberation from exploitation, deprivation and oppression, irrespective of class,...

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    Art after 71: new turns, twists and trajectories

    Mustafa Zaman | Updated at 12:36am on March 26, 2021

    IN 1979, the Whitechapel Art Gallery in London, in collaboration with the Victoria and Albert Museum, organised an exhibition titled ‘Art of Bengal: The Heritage...

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    In breadth and width, but hardly in depth

    Abu Jar M Akkas | Updated at 12:28am on March 26, 2021

    WHEN we took the Secondary School Certificate Examinations, the first public examinations that the students had to take that time, in 1986, the pass rate...

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    Higher education in a public university

    Mohammad Tanzimuddin Khan | Updated at 12:22am on March 26, 2021

    AFTER the liberation war, Bangladesh witnessed the formation of as many as nine education commissions that began with the National Education Commission set up in...

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    Language politics and education policy

    Abdullah Al Mamun | Updated at 12:17am on March 26, 2021

    FROM 1974 to 2010 we have got some six different education policies. Among them, the most comprehensive and fine-tuned policy was the first one ‘Bangladesh...

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    NGOisation of labour movement

    Nafisa Tanjeem | Updated at 12:11am on March 26, 2021

    THE garment and textile industry is the leading export sector in Bangladesh, accounting for 80 per cent of the country’s total export and employing more...

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    Tracking the trail

    Farooque Chowdhury | Updated at 12:07am on March 26, 2021

    MARCH 26, 1971, Bangladesh — it was a new dawn on a land exploited and tormented for ages. It was the day Bangladeshis’ decades-long struggle...

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    The unkept promises

    Ali Riaz | Updated at 12:00am on March 26, 2021

    AS BANGLADESH reaches an historic milestone, the golden jubilee of its independence, it is time for the nation to rejoice and celebrate, because it is...

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    Mismatches of bonhomie in foreign relations

    Md Touhid Hossain | Updated at 12:00am on March 26, 2021

    LOOKING from the civilisational point of view, 50 years may not appear to be a long time in the life of a nation. Historically, apart...