Opinion

October 1, 2021
October 1, 2021

Column by Mahfuz Anam: Why is individual freedom such a plaything in our legal system?

We are delighted that Jhumon Das finally walked out of prison on Tuesday, after being incarcerated for nearly seven months for a Facebook post in which he criticised Hefazat-e-Islam leader Mamunul...

September 3, 2021
September 3, 2021

Column by Mahfuz Anam: Who do our ‘public servants’ serve?

What happened recently in Barishal between a local mayor and an Upazila Nirbahi Officer (UNO) is not the real story. Why it happened is. And in that story is hidden many facets of the crucial issue...

August 27, 2021
August 27, 2021

Column by Mahfuz Anam: Predatory corporatisation of the media

We journalists have some experience of fighting governmental repression of the media.

August 20, 2021
August 20, 2021

Column by Mahfuz Anam: Taliban takeover of Afghanistan -- its meaning and implications

History unfolds in ways that may appear to be totally incomprehensible to us. It may not fit into our logic, may appear to be contrary to the facts that are at hand and our own analysis, which,...

August 13, 2021
August 13, 2021

Column by Mahfuz Anam: ‘Decision games’ that we play with our people

If the section of the government dealing with the overall management of the Covid situation continuously flip-flops on its decisions, then doesn’t the image of the government suffer?

June 11, 2021
June 11, 2021

Column by Mahfuz Anam: Pandemic’s biggest lesson -- restructure health sector to handle current, future pandemics

Simplistically put, it is a “procedure vs patient” issue—meaning a “bureaucracy vs ultimate beneficiary” tussle. We, of course, need procedures to work within, otherwise systems would collapse.

May 28, 2021
May 28, 2021

Column by Mahfuz Anam: At every step, they are exploited, mistreated and humiliated

Expatriate workers are our goose of Aesop’s Fables that lays the golden eggs.

May 7, 2021
May 7, 2021

Column by Mahfuz Anam: We used to have such elections, once

About the just-concluded West Bengal assembly elections, there are three things to celebrate and one to be worried about.

April 23, 2021
April 23, 2021

Column by Mahfuz Anam: A story of two police killings and different accountability systems

In this column and through our reports, commentaries and editorials, we have repeatedly stressed the need for accountability of all public institutions run by taxpayers’ money. Of them, the...

April 16, 2021
April 16, 2021

Column by Mahfuz Anam: Pay the highest respect to Bangabandhu, but don’t forget others

I remember the first time when, in utter horror, we heard the news of the assassination of Bangabandhu along with his whole family, save the two daughters.