This is a special Bangla release from Alochonaa. This is an article written by an Assistant Professor, Journalism of Media Studies of a Bangladeshi University, Jahangirnagar University. The article was critical of corporate ownership of media and propaganda in the name of journalism against the backdrop of few corporate media recently falsely portrayed a student protest by North South University of Bangladesh as terrorism. The article was originally posted in a Bangladeshi site but later taken down with the pressure from sponsorship. Alochonaa Editorial board stands firmly against any censorship against logical and rational analysis. Hence we are releasing our first ever special Bangla release in respect of freedom of speech.
Monishankar Prasad argues that the current policy of ‘Demonetisation’ in India reflects a policy process in which the technocrats were able to bypass participatory democracy. This article unearths the various layers of this radical event to make some sense of the wider ramifications of the politics of the digital in Asia.
The rise of right-wing political populism and rhetoric: is the fear of liberal progress rational or irrational?
Samuel Glen argues that left-wing pundits often characterises the rise of right-wing populist parties as irrational. Typically, this is because conservatives do not subscribe to the same worldview as liberals but that is not irrational. The support for parties or movements like Trump’s are rational responses to changing conditions, and it is these movements which will provide the ultimate test for liberalism itself.
Siegfried O. Wolf argues that Pakistan has gained the international reputation of being the world’s foremost exporter of Jihadism. While analyzing the causes and consequences of this phenomenon, numerous observers find that there are clear indicators that the Pakistani government is involved in systematic sponsoring of Pakistan based terrorist groups operating in Afghanistan and India. One of the latest dramatic example is the attack on the military base at Uri, a town located in Indian administered state of Jammu & Kashmir.
Dr. Simon Leitch explains what is inside of his new book “The Commandments of Islam: A Qur’anic Summary” . In his view, the Qur’an is one of the most important and controversial books ever written, yet the vast majority of people have never read it. Through his new book, Dr. Letich tries to understand is Quran the work of a dangerous radical, a divine message from the God of Abraham, or a liberal and peaceful doctrine worthy of all humanity?
Professor Werner Menski identifies recent remarkable developments in nation-building processes in Bangladesh, which remain marred by contested visions of the country’s identity and future.
Duncan Green / Owen Barder – Can aid agencies help systems fix themselves? The implications of complexity for development cooperation
LSE Professor in Practice Duncan Green asks Owen Barder, senior fellow at the Center for Global Development and Visiting Professor in Practice, to expand on a lecture delivered to our Masters students in February about complexity and development.