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Democracy, as many experts would suggest, is an ongoing experiment in governance that which morphs and improves with a lot of time. No matter how small the change, often there is a quantitative and qualitative upward trend in most democracies over time which we often do not realise.
“Our democracy is an infant one” many experts go on to suggest. I agree with them. As a people we are demanding. The real problem is that we have a lot of tolerance and the shortest political memory known to mankind.
This leads us in big numbers to keep changing governments every five years, partly to avenge our complaints with the incumbent and partly stemming from the belief that change is truly just beyond the cusp of every switchover.
Unfortunately, in our short stint as a democratic nation until the events that followed 1/11, we have seen firsthand that that is not true. Regardless of the party in power, it’s always been business as usual.
The United Nations in a recent study which surveyed around 10,000 men from nine sites in six countries, including Bangladesh and excluding India, found the prevalence of rape and violence committed by men on women to be a staggering 23% at the low end, amounting in 1 in 4 men admitting to have committed at least one rape.
In Bangladesh the numbers are chronically mortifying; incidences of physical and sexual violence were found to be at 57% to 55% of those surveyed on a rural-to-urban ratio.
I was shocked to have discovered this statistic. It blew away all my clichéd notions regarding the issue, including the problem being a “class centric” one. Pardon my ignorance but the report has also opened my eyes as to how wrong I was when I believed that sexual violence had a larger prevalence in India, Pakistan and the west than it had here in our own backyard. It also got me thinking as to why we hear so less of these incidences in Bangladesh as opposed to the hue and cry in India and elsewhere. Are men in our society more permissible of such brutal acts?
Sept 23, 2013 The beginning of the second week was marked with icy cold vibes and super hot verbal blows. The housemates are now in separate camps with Gauhar leading the one with Kushal in tow and Armaan spear heading the other one.
Hunger pangs can drive anyone crazy and in today’s…
Divided between heaven and hell, the new season of Bigg Boss is garnering a good response from the audiences, and in a bid to add more spice, the makers have got ex-inmate Santosh Shukla entering the house for a few days.
Vijaya Tiwari, TNN | Sep 26, 2013 Ever since Bollywood superstar, Salman Khanhas stepped into the shoes of Bigg Boss host, the controversial reality show has soared to new heights. However, the handsome hunk confesses that he misses hosting his popular show Dus Ka Dum.
It seems television anchor and actor Manish Paul’s debut film Mickey Virus is trying to grab larger eyeballs even before its release. A steamy love making scene has been leaked on internet featuring Manish Paul getting intimate with its lead actress Elli Avram, who is currently seen as an inmate of Colors’ controversial reality show Bigg Boss 7.
Episode 3 (20.9.2013): KFC, Abul Hasan Chowdhury, Rooppur, Nikab Ban by Brac University
This week CT, TJ, JAY & MATT tackle the death penalty upheld by the Honorable Supreme Court against Quader Mollah, Canadian authorities listing Abul Hasan Chowdhury being implicated as a prime suspect in the case of Lavalin Corruption Case, The Foundation laying of the Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant Project and Brac University’s decision to ban the Nikab from their accepted dress code.
For any relationship to flourish, trust is one of those ingredients without which most would find it hard and difficult to relate to the people we encounter in our lives. Not that trust is easily acquired but there are matters in which trust is absolutely crucial and as such easily agreed upon; because the outcome of not having any trust could easily have life-threatening consequences.
I experienced one such occasion in my own life, several weeks ago at an OBGYN appointment for my wife’s impending childbirth. The doctor alluded to a story of an earlier couple she saw, who out of a combination of fear and mistrust of her advice took a crazy decision that ended up risking their child’s life. It’s a difficult but real problem.
Most of it at least in the field of medical services, stems from paranoia resulting from the commercialisation of medical services, malpractice, lack of awareness from good briefing by the doctor and standard of solutions to common medical ailments in line with practice worldwide. Everyone I have met and asked to comment on this matter has had a horrifying tale to tell about a medical encounter gone wrong.
The unveiling of the iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C a few days ago got me thinking. Going by history in technology, it’s unwise to bet against Apple. This company’s contribution to the development of revolutionary technology that has become essential to our daily lives is now recorded in infamy.
Some of the nervousness and grumbling about Apple comes from having lost its visionary founder Steve Jobs and the way he presented Apple to the world, some from the absence of perceived fast-paced innovation of new technology and some purely economically from the speculation of Wall Street.
Apple truly revolutionised and led two eras of innovation no matter how you see it. First, the personal computing revolution with the Macintosh and then the ushering of the post-PC era with the i-line of devices. If you worked in the world of tech, you’d be lucky to have one of these under your belt, if at all, during your company’s lifetime.