National, Back Page launched

Published : 29 Mar 2023 10:33 PM | Updated : 30 Mar 2023 02:09 PM

A new English blog site ‘The Confluence’ has been launched in Dhaka with a focus on commentaries and analyses on issues ranging from diplomacy, government and politics.

 Barrister Shah Ali Farhad, who holds a Master of Public Policy (MPP) with 'Merit' from the University of Oxford's Blavatnik School of Government, is the founder and publisher of

 “In the current social media-driven live update culture, often we miss the necessary contexts, including the backgrounds. The ultimate challenge comes when perceptions are created based solely on such short-form contents. The Confluence intends to fill those gaps with the requisite details through expert commentaries and analyses,” Barrister Farhad said.

 An interactive session was held at the launching event on Tuesday in a city restaurant with the presence of a select group of senior journalists, from leading dailies and international outlets.

 They also stressed on the need for such a platform that can bring into fresh set of insightful perspectives in policy discourse.

 A look at the site reveals articles from eminent academics under four key specialised topics namely—Diplomacy, Governance, Policy and Politics --, while a separate segment is included for submission of articles.  

 “We are happy to welcome articles that seek to bring in fresh perspectives into even contested issues”, said Barrister Farhad.

 Editor of SomoyerAlo, Harun-ur-Rashid, who is also a correspondent of DW Bangla service, said at the launching event that “it is important to have such a platform to offer space for policy debates.”

 Gazi Nasir Uddin Khokon, who held senior ranks in prominent national outlets, said this initiative deserves to get attention from sensible quarters but also advocated for strong adherence to a set of principles, a requisite he thinks can help this site thrive in the future.

 Absence of such platforms often lead to the rise of speculation driven narrative on certain policy issues as often relevant experts are not even been quoted and disinformation reigned supreme, added Nurul Islam Hasib, a former general secretary of Dhaka Reporters Unity.

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