Views & Opinion

June 1966, Six Points, and the making of history

Syed Badrul Ahsan: June 7 remains a seminal moment in national history, a definitive point of reference in Bangladesh’s political narrative. On this day in 1966, the people of what was then East Pakistan enforced a total general strike in the province in support of the Awami League’s Six Point program of autonomy. The Six Points h...

Despite the COVID-19 Pandemic Economic Progress of Bangladesh Praise-worthy

Hiren Pandit: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina mentioned recently in a meeting that "We have to move forward with our economic activities, maintaining health protocols. Hopefully, we will establish a hunger, poverty, illiteracy-free, and secular Golden Bengalas dreamt by Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. She has praised Ba...

Covid-19 situation in India: Lessons for Bangladesh

Pranab Kumar Panday: In the past few weeks, the Covid-19 situation in India has deteriorated significantly, which received adequate attention from the Bangladeshi media. The news of the deaths of patients in various media has made everyone puzzled. We have already noticed that the Covid-19 situation in India is largely out of control. The scen...

Wazed Miah: The Decent, Self-Effacing, Brave Man

Syed Badrul Ahsan: Let me celebrate a decent man this morning. Let me remind myself that in his passing, we have in this country lost yet one more gentleman in the fast depleting species of gentlemen. The first time I saw Dr. M.A. Wazed Miah was on a day in early 1991. It was not a meeting. Neither did I know, as he stepped into Bangabandhu&rsq...

Lockdown extension a prudent decision

Pranab Kumar Panday: The government of Bangladesh has been implementing lockdown since April 14 to deal with the second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic. We have already learned that the implementation of complete lockdown is one of the most effective tools to prevent the spread of the lethal Coronavirus. Implementing lockdown means forcing people...