Bangla Wednesday, July 15, 2020
Afsan Chowdhury

Afsan Chowdhury

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Covid, corruption and connection

Bangladesh isn't exactly a role model in the management of the corona crisis but it is throwing up excellent examples on how to fake test results and...

The proxy war: China is fighting the US on the Sino-Indian...

Western analysts continue to press home the point that the India of 2020 is not the India of 1962, and that it can fight China better now than it did...

Post-Galwan, India has never been so lonely in South Asia

South Asian scholars and analysts look upon the India-China conflict differently from those in the US. While Indians don’t exactly echo the US,...

India needs to introspect on why it is friendless in its o...

The violent physical confrontation between India and China on the Sino-Indian border has been an odd one. Arms were not used but violence was aplenty...

India needs a reality check vis-à-vis China

Xi and Modi If the West had the power and the means, it would have done everything to prevent the corona pandemic. It is not the infection rate,...

Systemic flaws set to outlive the coronavirus and trouble...

Political life has been slowing down for a while but it has come to a standstill during the corona crisis. Most people are concerned about both life a...

How is Sino-US tension affecting South Asia?

Chinese President Xi Jinping and his American counterpart Donald Trump The US and its allies in general had expected China to be devastated and i...

Bangladesh: Politics withers as corona cases rise

The battle against Covid -19 goes on in Bangladesh as the numbers go up. But political party battles are conspicuously absent. The battle against the...

Can traditional South Asia survive the coronavirus trauma?

Even as the corona turmoil is on, basically a health crisis though related to governance, international politics is working full time. Sino-US rivalry...

South Asia and the rise of Covid -19 politics

The current Covid-19 pandemic is exposing some of the socio-political fissures in various countries in South Asia. It is obvious that the existing gov...

Coronavirus pandemic will trigger changes in the national...

The battle against the corona virus goes on, as do several other power and position- related battles within States and among States. The mega battle i...

Is Bangladesh ready to face the post-corona world?

Migrant workers mostly from Bangladesh queue to collect free masks and have their temperatures checked in Singapore on Feb 23, 2020 The world...

Anxiety is the biggest epidemic in Bangladesh now

Bangladesh is yet to see the big number of deaths which China saw, and the West is now seeing. There is no mass dying here, but there is mass panic. L...

Snapshots from corona-hit Dhaka

As one of the most overpopulated, traffic-jammed, extremely polluted cities in the world, Dhaka offers no solace, relief or comfort to anyone. It is i...

Systemic weakness and democracy stand in the way of COVID-...

South Asia has still got low rates of the COVID-19 infection. But many say that this is because of the non-existence of proper testing facilities and...

COVID-19: No option but to accept the bounty and bane of n...

As the coronavirus crisis spreads to various parts of the world, many questions beyond health are also popping up. At the first level, it is a health...

Modi’s visit will go through but the future of Indo-Bangla...

Sheikh Hasina with Narendra Modi Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Bangladesh on the occasion of the centenary of Sheikh Mujib...

Fast eroding faith in Bangladesh’s financial sector

As the health of Bangladesh’s financial institutions continues to decline, government’s measures to arrest it have not worked well. In exp...

Bangladesh: Elections without voters

Bangladesh awash with election posters Nobody doubted the election’s outcome, and the results confirmed it. Ruling party Awami League&r...

The meaning of Delhi’s “Shaheen Bagh”

Shaheen Bagh, that part of Delhi where young Muslims, including many women, have been agitating against the communally divisive Indian Citizenship Ame...

University violence in Bangladesh stems from monopolizatio...

Four students, allegedly members of the Jamaat-e-Islami, were recently locked up in a room in Dhaka University (DU) and beaten for half the night befo...