Two years on from the Rana Plaza disaster and Dr. Kazi Mahmudur Rahman notes that not a lot has changed in Bangladesh’s textile industry. In fact, the response to the disaster itself illustrates much of what was wrong with the textile sector in the first place, and the underlying failings of government and the civil society.
Professor Damien Kingsbury argues that Western Sahara is a frozen conflict zone, where a long-standing territorial dispute has led to massive movements of refugees, an insurgency and conventional war. After some years of tentative peace, time is running out to design a political solution that can avert a new series of conflicts.
In his new book,Dr. Maidul Islam summarises the history and goals of Islamism on the Indian subcontinent and discusses the ideological underpinnings of Jamaat-e Islami movement of India and Bangladesh. Raising questions about the limits of Islamism and its role as a substitute for the current political system, Maidul Islam brings a nuanced and detailed account of its prospects as an ideological and practical competitor to Western models of society.
Ever wondered what an inclusive global political community would look like? Alochonaa.com editor, Samuel Glen, offers a perspective on the ethical viability of cosmopolitanism that adequately provides for cultural diversity on a global scale.
Maajid Nawaz’s ‘Drunken Night of Temptation’ and The Implications for Islamic Reform Agenda in the UK
The leader of an Islamic reform movement in Britain, Maajid Nawaz, was recently filmed at a strip club. Dr. Ahmedullah argues that an innocuous event in itself, Maajid’s brand has nevertheless been damaged and so too has the broader Islamic reform movement in the UK.
An increase in unhealthy lifestyle choices, has led to a direct increase in cardio vascular disease, cancer and many respiratory ailments. Mass production of medicines to tackle these diseases seemed like the only feasible way. However, rather than looking into the future, it would be wise to investigate the past to develop effective treatments for the above mentioned diseases. Traditional medicines have always been clouded with distrust and scepticism. But many instances have proven than, these medication give the exact or even better benefits with minimal side effects. Hence Pradeep Cholan argues that scientists should investigate these medicines, so as to spread the benefits worldwide rather than it pertaining to a specific community.
‘The interface between religion and politics’, an Indian perspective by Ms. Eman Ali, NALSAR law student, and G20 Interfaith Young Scholar.