Nature-based solutions, climate-resilient agriculture, and financial intervention can pave the way of climate change adaptation in haor regions Haors (large bowl-shaped depressions and seasonal wetlands) have become a popular tourist destination in Bangladesh these days, thanks to social media being flooded with refreshing and beautiful photographs, videos, and travel blogs describing the beauty of the... Continue Reading →
Ashuganj offers valuable lessons. Are we prepared to learn?
Environmentally-sustainable development is the need of the hour The 6th Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) unequivocally blamed the Anthropocene emission of GHGs and exploitation of nature for global warming. There is, perhaps, no other alternative but environmental protection and efficient use of natural resources to protect nature as well as... Continue Reading →
La Dictadura Perfecta- when institutions fail in a democracy
What a Mexican film teaches us about governance La Dictadura Perfecta is a Mexican movie released in 2014. In English, it means The Perfect Dictatorship. The movie is about a nexus of corruption between the government, bureaucracy, and the media that savagely criticized the government of Enrique Pena Nieto, who served as the president of... Continue Reading →
The new intergovernmental report on climate change: A reality check and what it means for us
AR-6 unequivocally blamed the Anthropocene emission of GHGs and exploitation of nature that is making the earth a hotter place On August 9 the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the United Nations body for assessing the science related to climate change released the first installment of its Sixth Assessment Report (AR-6) ie, Working Group... Continue Reading →
Communicating right can save lives
The unthinkable happened in Europe in 2021 -- nearly 200 people died of flash floods that wreaked havoc in Germany and Belgium. Other countries, like the Netherlands and Luxembourg were also severely hit, but managed to avoid the loss of human lives. Members of the Bundeswehr forces, surrounded by partially submerged cars, wade through the... Continue Reading →
Exploits of E-commerce and forgotten responsibilities
In less than five years, at least 10 e-commerce organisations entered the market offering unbelievably high discounts. The reckless and aggressive business model of these companies, including Evaly, has adversely affected the e-commerce equilibrium. Does advertising and celebrity endorsement influence our consumption behaviour? If we search the internet, we will find ample research that will... Continue Reading →
Bangladesh at 50 -sustaining the export-led economic growth
How can Bangladesh fulfil the dream of being a middle-income nation soon? Over the past five decades, Bangladesh has gradually emerged as an economic powerhouse – the country is now one of the fastest-growing economies in the world. Bangladesh’s journey has never been smooth. The decade of the seventies was very significant in the history... Continue Reading →
Will the news media survive in the post-Covid-19 era?
As elsewhere in the world, the news media is also struggling to survive in Bangladesh. But the scenario is somewhat different from that of the developed democracies. In the developed democracies the news media enjoys absolute freedom and almost no interference from the government. It also enjoys constitutional and legal protection (First Amendment in the... Continue Reading →
How about some ethical standards?
We are far from having accountable and transparent institutions that protect every citizen The unnatural death of a young woman in a flat in Gulshan has once again sparked many questions that we have been facing for many years -- some are related to the age-old patriarchal mindset and norms while some are related to... Continue Reading →
Development need not come at the price of human rights
How the DSA poses a threat to press freedom Bangladesh is now a development model for the rest of the world. The country has done so well the US president is now being advised to learn from Bangladesh -- a country that rose from a war-ravaged country in 1971 to one of the fastest-growing world... Continue Reading →