Cover Story and Featured Stories

Did Ponty’s murder take place in a paroxysm of passion or was it premeditated?
Akash Bisht Delhi

There is a new verve of change and empowerment in the air in ‘secular’ Bangladesh. And India’s creative engagement can mark a turning point
Sanjay Kapoor Dhaka 

A search for historical facts has become an act of treason and prejudice in Bangladesh
Afsan Choudhury Dhaka 

Where the State fails, BRAC comes in to fill the void. Sir Fazle Hasan Abed’s model represents a new paradigm of development
Sanjay Kapoor Dhaka 

Editorial: December 2012
Hardnews Bureau Delhi 

The book is an important addition to the available literature on Binayak Sen, the issues of public health and the state of democracy in India and its institutions
Mahtab Alam Delhi

Successive regimes in Bangladesh, including the Awami League, have betrayed secular promises to usher in a hardline Islamic State which has given a handle to fanatics to persecute and brutalise the religious minorities
Nurul Kabir Dhaka 

Despite a government crackdown, Islamic extremists are still entrenched in Bangladesh
Anshuman Behera New Delhi 

Can Khaleda Zia, with her protracted baggage and apparent links with extremist groups, replicate Sheikh Hasina’s feat in addressing India’s security concerns? 
Dipanjan Roy Chaudhury Delhi

Is Bangladesh on the cusp of an economic and social breakthrough?
Syed Zain Al-Mahmood Dhaka 

The tribunal to bring to justice the war criminals and rapists of the 1971 liberation war has run into unhappy ground
David Bergman Dhaka 

The politics of relentless confrontation between the two main political parties has ravaged the political discourse in what could be a vibrant democracy
Smruti S Pattanaik Delhi