Tea politics and clientelism

December 23, 2017 - 8:19 pm | Event | Knowledge | Latest | Op-ED/Interview

Tea, the most popular aromatic beverage in Bangladesh, is clichéd as a warming incentive to motivate the soft soul of folk voters in local elections. Interestingly, almost in every vote campaign station nothing but tea will do. Even when candidates meet the crowd, often at a tea-stall, known as ‘village parliament’, a cup of tea […]

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BCS: Merit versus quota

- 8:13 pm | Event | Knowledge | Op-ED/Interview

The Bangladesh Civil Service (BCS) recruitment process is facing critical debate over merit versus quota. Gradually, the meritocratic recruitment process is losing ground to non-merit based recruitment. Indeed, the civil service is the supreme state apparatus that is the key to government success. It deals with government policy formulation and pol

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Bangladesh-Myanmar relations: Open all windows to look East

May 21, 2016 - 3:57 pm | Event | Latest | Op-ED/Interview | Publication

Bangladesh foreign relation is often denounced for one-eyed confiscated approach or one-sighted approach – none of which is conducive to a country’s economic advancement. Elsewhere looking east to enhance trading with South East Asian countries can be potential windows of hope for multipurpose development. Yes it is Myanmar, member of ASEAN,

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Access to water: a human right

June 17, 2015 - 3:14 pm | Event | Knowledge | Op-ED/Interview

Despite being the world’s largest delta having an estimated 1,210 billion cubic metres of fresh water, around 2.6 crore Bangladeshis do not have access to safe drinking water sources, which causes death and poses health hazards to hundreds of thousands of children in the country. Probably, Bangladesh is being victimized by Indian water aggres

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