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Imagining South Asian Writing in English from Bangladesh PDF Print E-mail

Fakrul Alam

It was during the Cold War that some Americans academics began to construct the category of “South Asia Studies”. Subsequently, the influx of South Asian students in western universities boosted the demand for courses in South Asian culture as well as politics. A new generation of scholars then took over the term coined by the Cold War intellectuals working with an “Area Studies” outlook in mind adopted earlier to give it a new currency dependent on the value that would be accruing to it because of the large number of South Asians living and working in North America from the seventies onward.

Protecting IPR: challenges and opportunities PDF Print E-mail

James F Moriarty

Why should Bangladesh care about protecting intellectual property rights? Intellectual property rights (IPR) are the legal mechanisms—copyrights, patents and trademarks—that ensure that the products we buy are genuine. Dangerous and defective counterfeit products, from counterfeit medication, to toothpaste, to auto parts, put the lives of consumers at risk. A strong IPR system ensures that inventors and innovators are rewarded for their ideas. IPR protections foster an environment in which creative and innovative industries can thrive and contribute to economic development worldwide.

Education and politics of exclusion PDF Print E-mail

By Dr Shahid Siddiqui

‘Schools reproduce class relations by reinforcing rather than reducing class-based differential access to social and cultural capital’ — Pierre Bourdieu HUMAN history is replete with the struggles of different interest groups with each other. Marx views history as a constant class struggle where different classes are engaged in tactics to acquire, sustain and resist power.

A more recent interpretation is offered by Bourdieu, a French thinker, who believes that the constant human struggle is for social distinction which establishes itself through culture and education.

Demilitarising the bureaucracy PDF Print E-mail

By Aqil Shah

THE conventional wisdom of the day is that the army is beating a retreat to the barracks. The prime minister keeps thanking the generals for withdrawing army officers from civilian institutions, a process he reportedly considers conducive to creating a ‘balanced’ civil-military relationship.

But recalibrating civil-military relations would take more than recalling military officers seconded to the civil bureaucracy. It would require that the two spheres be made impervious to undue interference from each other.

One and half ray of hope PDF Print E-mail

By Masud Mufti

PEOPLE are aghast at the dramatic turns regarding the restoration of the judges. But I am not. They are seeing for the first time what I am for the second.

In 1971, I first saw, on the soil of East Pakistan, a confrontation between the same protagonists with the same mindset over the same issue that the residual Pakistan is seeing today.

May Day in globalization PDF Print E-mail

To eradicate poverty is in the heart of trade union agenda but the situation is worsening Md Mojibur Rahman Bhuiyan

Trade unions all over the world are celebrating the May Day this year in a globalized economy with a call to eradicate poverty from the world and to create decent jobs. Globalisation continuous to be the number one challenge facing the trade union movement Worldwide.

Party of Denial PDF Print E-mail


During Barack Obama’s Sunday appearance on Fox News, the interviewer asked him for an example of “a hot-button issue where you would be willing to buck the Democratic Party line” and say that Republicans have the better idea.
Mr. Obama’s answer was puzzling because he gave credit where it isn’t due — and thereby undermined what could be a very effective Democratic line of argument.

Praying and Preying PDF Print E-mail

Maureen Dowd

Barack Obama has spent his life, and campaign, trying not to be the Angry Black Man.

Early on, he wrote in “Dreams From My Father,” he discerned the benefits of playing against the ’60s stereotype of black militancy.

World Bank: a break with tradition PDF Print E-mail

Lin’s appointment thus marks a major break with political tradition. Hitherto there have been hardly any appointments of Chinese to senior positions in the major international Organizations Martin Jacques IN June, Justin Lin Yifu, a Beijing professor, will take up the post of chief economist at the World Bank. Nothing could be a clearer sign of the times.

This is the number two job in one of the two major international economic institutions, the other being the International Monetary Fund. Earlier, incumbents have included the Nobel prize winner Joseph Stiglitz, the former US treasury secretary Lawrence Summers and the UK’s Nicholas Stern.

Solving global food crisis PDF Print E-mail

Twenty thousand desperate textile workers in Bangladesh went on the rampage, giving rise to fears of wider instability,
since the garment industry accounts for three-fourths of the country''s exports, writes Kaushik Basu, Professor of Economics, Cornell University

The world economy has many problems but none more pressing than what is happening to food prices. There have been food riots in Haiti, the Philippines, Ethiopia, Indonesia and several other nations.

Beyond the ball and the bat PDF Print E-mail

JS Raman

There was a time when evenings witnessed repetition of the same routine in every Indian middle-class home. The family would settle down to watch its favourite soap on television or the weekend feature films or any of those programmes on the forthcoming elections.

Rising prices' whirlwind effect PDF Print E-mail

By Tion Kwa

High energy prices pose a monumental challenge to economic growth. Everyone knows this. But high food prices stir more visceral fears. The concern today is that the world faces a serious crisis as a result of accelerating prices of food staples.

Commodity price bubble PDF Print E-mail

Dr Manzur Ejaz

Rising commodity prices have left fragile developing economies neither here nor there. Developing countries pressured or advised by the World Bank, IMF and the US, opened their markets to attract foreign investments. For most of them, real foreign investments have remained illusive because it was a zero sum game to start with. However, global speculative capitalist forces, unhindered by national restrictions, have started destroying them at an accelerated speed.

Tale of the other America PDF Print E-mail

Praveen Swami

With its spectacular high-rise buildings, magnificent museums and art galleries, Philadelphia represents the finest face of the United States. Another America is hidden less than an hour’s walk away. Polished glass and steel give way to run-down homes, and the silence on the streets is punctuated, every so often, by the wail of police sirens.

Making sense of rising inflation PDF Print E-mail
By: Chandrasekhar

The task of combating inflationin India is wide-ranging. In particular, it requires reversing many elements of liberalisation resorted to in recent years

Inflation, an almost forgotten economic problem in India till recently, now hogs headlines. The issue shot to prominence when the headline inflation rate, as measured by annual point-to-point increases in the Wholesale Price Index (WPI), rose from less than four per cent at the end of December 2007 to more than seven per cent in the second half of March 2008. Since then, weekly movements in the index have only strengthened the perception that high and rising prices are here for a while.
The legacy of military rule PDF Print E-mail

Dr HA Rizvi

Lack of clarity on the status of Musharraf and the judges issue, as well as indecision on economic and security policies raises doubts about whether or not societal forces will continue to maintain a friendly posture towards the government in the next six months

A train back on rails PDF Print E-mail
BY: Haroon Habib

Pahela Baishakh not only marked a new year this time, but also provided an occasion to put behind the bitterness of strife and to journey together on the same track for better days.

It was a cherished dream come true. On April 14, as Bengalis celebrated Pahela Baishak, the first two trains carrying nostalgic passengers from India and Bangladesh respectively, crossed the border, connecting the historic cities of Dhaka and Kolkata once again after four decades.
Strengthening food security PDF Print E-mail

M.S. Swaminathan

Jacques Diouf, Director General of the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh made two timely and significant statements last week. Dr. Diouf delivered a wake-up call by pointing out that “the world food situation is very serious with food riots reported from many countries like Egypt, Cameroon, Haiti, Burkina Faso, Senegal and Bangladesh; the world has just about enough cereal stocks to feed the global population for two to three months.”
Monsoon warning for Bangladesh PDF Print E-mail

Mark Dummett and Alastair Lawson

Aid agencies say millions of Bangladeshis are still in dire need of help five months after Cyclone Sidr battered the country’s coastline. The warning from the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies comes weeks before the next monsoon is due.

Cyclone Sidr was the worst storm to hit Bangladesh in a decade. It destroyed or damaged 1.5 million homes and killed 5,000 people when it struck in November. The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies issued its warning on behalf of aid agencies working in Bangladesh.
Himalayan revolution PDF Print E-mail

Dr Manzur Ejaz

The Maoist movement has shown that sometimes a movement believing in a violent revolution is the only way to usher in a contemporary democracy

Mao Zedong must be smiling over what happened in the Nepalese elections the other day. Even Mao’s countrymen may be wondering how some people can follow their prophet’s outdated revolutionary prescriptions and change the course of their fate.

Olympics and the mob PDF Print E-mail

Simon Jenkins

COME on, confess it, you have not enjoyed a story so much in years. A round-the-world marathon with all-in wrestling, kick boxing, rugby tackling and sanctimonious steeplechasing, staged free of charge in the streets of London, Paris and San Francisco by the International Olympics Committee — and before the Beijing games have even started. To add to the joy, nobody gets hurt except politicians.

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