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Huseyn Shaheed Suhrawardy died a lonely man fifty three years ago today in Beirut. It was sudden death which put an end to what had been a colourful life, with its many shades of meaning, led by a Muslim politician in the Indian subcontinent

  Huseyn Shaheed Suhrawardy died a lonely man fifty three years ago today in Beirut. It was sudden death which put an end to what had been a colourful life, with its many shades of meaning, led by a Muslim politician in the Indian subcontinent
 

The decline in education has been noted many a time, but efforts to improve are not there because the real demand on the minister is to pass a high percentage of students, not deliver quality education. Thus Nahid is more concerned about quantity, not quality. So we have a huge number of students passing out but who are less enabled than the students of previous years.

 

Information Technology (IT) gives fast, easy access to information which is essential for the development of a nation. Large IT companies are opening around the world, and nations are building up IT platforms, developing and promoting their IT industries. 

 

Bangladesh isn’t the only country experimenting with these sorts of nanogrids. There are online marketplaces for electricity in the Netherlands. In New Zealand, schools, households and more have started dabbling with peer-to-peer electricity transfer platforms.

 
In Bangladesh, a day hardly goes by without some news of injustice. If it isn’t little Puja screaming of unbearable pain, then it’s Tonu’s family crying out for justice. If it isn’t a Hindu village tormented by fear, day after day, then it’s a syndicate of powerful criminals, backed by the state machinery, killing the Santals in Gobindaganj.
 
As Rohingyas continue to pour into Bangladesh in the face of "ethnic cleansing" in Myanmar, diplomats and experts have suggested that Bangladesh should take a firm stance and make effective diplomatic moves to mobilise international support for resolving the crisis.  
 
While listening to a speaker at a seminar mention demographic dividend I was reminded of my school days more than half a century ago. We were then taught that a major challenge to economic development [of then East Pakistan] was its high population growth. The challenge was thought to be serious enough to be dubbed ‘population bomb’ by some western experts.  
 

On November 18, BNP chairperson Begum Khlaeda Zia revealed a detailed proposal for strengthening the Election Commission on behalf of her party. While the ruling Awami League almost immediately brushed the proposal aside, many experts believe that this revelation has created scope for meaningful dialogue between the major parties.

 

Now, forty five years after the political division brought about through a war between the two nations, Pakistan is trying, rather unconvincingly, to tell those willing to listen to it that Bangladesh owes it money. One could well consider the demand to be a bad joke, given that any study of relations between East and West Pakistan in the twenty four years prior to 1971 will make it clear why in the end the majority Bengalis (who constituted 56 per cent of the country’s population, with the remaining 44 per cent in West Pakistan) decided to go their separate way. 

 

Former Prime Minister Khaleda Zia remains obsessed with an army role in constitutional politics. One certainly understands her preoccupation with the idea of democracy, but when she insists at every given moment that the military must have a role in the determination of the nature of present and future governance, she gives citizens cause for worry. Her camp followers will of course argue, in her defence, that elections cannot be fair in the country without the soldiers being around.

 


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