The Minnesota Daily

All content by Uttam Das

Spark the human potentiality

May 3, 2010

What is the purpose of human life? Answers have neither been exhaustive nor unanimously accepted, and they almost always open moral, ethical, philosophical, religious and spiritual dimensions. I got a...

Justice in Bangladesh after four decades

April 18, 2010

Bangladesh has begun trials for crimes perpetrated during the nationâÄôs 1971 war of liberation. The New Age, a Dhaka daily newspaper, recounts that âÄúhorrendous crimes against humanity...

Corruption undermines counterinsurgency

April 4, 2010

President Barack Obama has reiterated in his recent tour to Afghanistan that his administration will start to withdraw U.S. troops from that country as early as it is appropriate. Last winter, when the...

Lunacy in American asylum system

March 21, 2010

Ten years ago, the number of detained asylum seekers in the United States was 10,000. By 2009, the number had reached 400,000, according to Michele Garnett McKenzie, legal counsel for the Advocates for...

Congress puts history up to vote

March 7, 2010

Likely a success of the Feb. 5 international conference at the University of St. Thomas School of Law in Minneapolis, the U.S. House Committee on Foreign Affairs passed a resolution last week condemning...

The many faces of recession

February 24, 2010

On Feb. 16, around 3 p.m., I witnessed a tragic incident. Walking through Market Street toward the United Nations Plaza in San Francisco, I saw all eyes were drawn to a balcony on the top floor of a busy...

Bangladesh and India come closer

February 17, 2010

Diplomatic relations between Bangladesh and India are gathering new momentum following the recent visit of Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to New Delhi. Hasina took the office of premier for the...

The seamy underbelly of migration

February 9, 2010

Mr. X, whose name is withheld for confidentiality, is an immigrant from Burma who now holds a green card and permanently resides in California. He has a wife and three children between 2 and 10 years old....

Militarism in Afghanistan is not enough

January 31, 2010

President Barack ObamaâÄôs announcement in December 2009 of the deployment of 30,000 additional troops to Afghanistan has received mixed reactions at home and abroad. Military compulsion on the...

Human trafficking drives victims to shackles

December 10, 2009

Human trafficking is a rapidly growing, global, criminal justice and human rights issue. Human rights organizations estimate that between 600,000 and 4 million people are trafficked globally each year,...

India comes to the table

December 2, 2009

The recent U.S. tour of Indian Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh has marked a new dimension in the diplomatic relation between the two countries. The gala reception in the White House in honor of Singh...

Terror puts justice system to test

November 24, 2009

The debate over the trial in a New York civilian court of the five Sept. 11 terror suspects formerly held in Guantanamo has gained momentum. The trial is planned in a Manhattan federal court, just blocks...

Look beyond the border

November 18, 2009

Last Thursday, the Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs held a panel discussion on immigration in Minnesota. It centered on a study titled âÄúThe Economic Impact of Immigrants in Minnesota;âÄù...

Reflections on Fort Hood

November 10, 2009

The act of rampage by a service member, Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, at Fort Hood in Texas raises many questions concerning his motive. Does HasanâÄôs brutality signal an internal jihad threat? Or is...