OP-ED: Toward greater prosperity and a better world

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In celebration of the 72nd anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China The year 2021 is remarkable for the Chinese people. It marks the centenary of the founding of the Communist Party of China (CPC), and the 50th anniversary of the restoration of the lawful seat of the People’s Republic of China […]

OP-ED: Have we forgotten Mother Nature?

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We need to stop damaging the environment around us Climate change is real, and the sooner we address it the better. Climate change refers to both global warming and abrupt shifts in weather patterns. Bangladesh is a riverine country and situated in the delta of Padma and Jamuna. Except for the hilly areas in Chittagong […]

OP-ED: Every problem comes with a gift in hand

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The schemes are there, but none of the problems that plague us during this crisis are actually getting solved Over the last 18 months, since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic in March 2020, I have written a number of times expressing my frustration at the number of reports, that despite the number of emergency […]

OP-ED: How will we meet the 2030 UN SDGs and stop climate change?

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The deadline is fast approaching, but new questions have arisen in this time of pandemic The critical United Nations climate change Conference of Parties (COP26) is taking place in November in Glasgow, UK. Progress towards the Paris Agreement will be reviewed and new commitments will need to be made to restrict global warming to the […]

OP-ED: Creating an inclusive national policy

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Involving ethnic minorities in the decision-making process is key Every year on August 9, indigenous people from all around the world celebrate the “International Day of the Indigenous Peoples.”  The current government of Bangladesh did not recognize the indigenous groups and rather acknowledged them as “ethnic minorities” through 15th amendment of the Constitution.  According to […]

OP-ED: History never sleeps

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It’s just one thing after another Francis Fukuyama’s “end of history” thesis always struck me as more clickbait than substance. The big idea in his 1992 book The End of History and the Last Man was that Western-led liberal capitalist democracy is the end point in humanity’s search for the perfect form of government.   […]

OP-ED: A world at risk

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A crisis far greater than Covid-19 looms over the horizon After the devastating flood of 1988 which affected about 50% of Bangladesh and which triggered the infamous Flood Action Plan, the next major flood was in 1998 when about 70% of the country was affected.  To get an idea of the scale of the flooding […]

OP-ED: Why is Bangladesh so prone to floods?

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In Bangladesh, proper flood management has become a crying need Being a riverine country, about a great portion of Bangladesh is flooded every year. The flood mainly occurs during the monsoon period of early July to late September. Even in 2021, when rainfall throughout Bangladesh has been below average, floods are being experienced in some […]

OP-ED: Our growing inequality

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What can be done to reduce the gap between the rich and the poor? The gap between the rich and the poor is perpetuating and has enlarged alarmingly, despite a decline in the rate of poverty in recent times before the pandemic hit. The poverty level dropped to 24.3% in 2016 from 31.5% in 2010, […]

OP-ED: All that Bangabandhu imagined

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Bangabandhu’s thoughts on social inclusion and social justice “To build a Golden Bengal, we need Golden People. Bangladesh is plagued by exploitation, oppression, and looting. To solve these problems and to build a happy and prosperous Bangladesh, the people need to work hard to increase production,” said Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman on December 15, 1974. […]