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There is enforced disappearance and there is self-imposed disappearance. Both of these types of disappeared men have been hitting the headlines from the shadows for quite some time now, although for quite different reasons.  
 

For Bangladesh, it is that old dilemma: Damned if you do, damned if you don’t. In these past few weeks, the country has been under pressure from global human rights bodies as also governments and organisations in the West to permit Rohingya Muslims fleeing repression in Myanmar entry into the country. In other words, the Bangladesh authorities have been and are being urged to open the country’s borders to the petrified Rohingya, who have come under fresh assault in Rakhine State in Myanmar.

 
In view of the grisly and gory attacks, allegedly state-sponsored, on the Rohingya Muslim minority of neighbouring Myanmar, it would not be out of place to take a serious look at the menacing face of the other kind of fundamentalism about which the international community has not been desirably vocal. Incidentally, the word 'fundamentalism' has often been used and expressed in a pejorative sense.  
 

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.  
 


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