The pandemic and the clothes on our backs

by Rashmee

Posted on May 6, 2021


/IT’S THE BUSINESS What are you wearing as you read this and how long do you think you will continue to wear this garment? Weeks? Months? Years? What will you do with it once its life is essentially over? You may get rid of it because it developed holes, became discoloured, or doesn’t fit, suit … Continue reading “The pandemic and the clothes on our backs”

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India vs Bangladesh. Bigger is not always better

by Rashmee

Posted on February 17, 2020


    Indian TV anchor Karan Thapar made a fascinating case the other day for big countries to show a bit of humility. Ok, he didn’t really say that all big countries should be more humble. Just India. About Bangladesh. Rather than believing Henry Kissinger’s 1970s’ guff that Bangladesh is “an international basket case”, India … Continue reading “India vs Bangladesh. Bigger is not always better”

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Generalisations about women in politics don’t hold true

by Rashmee

Posted on August 14, 2019 / The National


Can the Brexit conundrum be solved by an all-female cabinet? And can a woman lead India’s main opposition Congress Party out of the political doldrums? We may never have the answer to either question. A British cabinet of women is no more than an idea floated on Sunday by Green MP Caroline Lucas. And the … Continue reading “Generalisations about women in politics don’t hold true”

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Could Rohingya crisis set off faith-based conflicts in South Asia? That’s what Bimal Ghosh fears

by Rashmee

Posted on September 19, 2017


Only the short-sighted or the credulous would be persuaded by Aung San Suu Kyi’s extraordinary response to the Rohingya exodus from Myanmar. Ms Suu Kyi, Myanmar’s State Counselor and de facto leader, said on Tuesday, that her country “does not fear international scrutiny”. She added that her democratically elected government was yet to find out … Continue reading “Could Rohingya crisis set off faith-based conflicts in South Asia? That’s what Bimal Ghosh fears”

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Iraq. Bangladesh…Are some countries second-class triggers of global grief?

by Rashmee

Posted on July 11, 2016


Some countries are second-class triggers of global grief. It’s true, for all that we pretend to care equally about everyone all the time. Anne Barnard, The New York Times’s Beirut bureau chief, recently wrote about some people’s outrage that there was insufficient global outrage about last week’s deaths in Iraq, Turkey, Bangladesh and Saudi Arabia. Those … Continue reading “Iraq. Bangladesh…Are some countries second-class triggers of global grief?”

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The war on ‘bloggers’ in a country that isn’t a model of internet accessibility

by Rashmee

Posted on August 12, 2015


The attacks in Bangladesh on people who write blogs is a puzzle. The death of Niloy Chakrabarti, 40, who blogged as ‘Niloy Neel’ is the fourth such attack in Bangladesh since February on people who write, argue and attempt to persuade by means of words. In the popular media, the four deaths are described as … Continue reading “The war on ‘bloggers’ in a country that isn’t a model of internet accessibility”

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UN peacekeeping: Poor men’s wars fought by the very poorest people?

by Rashmee

Posted on October 12, 2013


It’s best to read Transparency International UK’s new report alleging corruption in UN peacekeeping, alongside this list:   Bangladesh: 8,781 Pakistan: 8,216 India: 7,840 Ethiopia: 6,498 Nigeria: 5,463 Rwanda: 4,686 Nepal: 4,462 Jordan: 3,507 Egypt: 3,095 Ghana: 2,809 This is the ranking of countries by total number of military and police contributions to United Nations operations. The UN prepared the list on … Continue reading “UN peacekeeping: Poor men’s wars fought by the very poorest people?”

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Rashmee has lived and worked in several countries in the past decade, including Afghanistan, India, Haiti, Tunisia, the UAE, US and UK