This is the third volume of Crosstalk published by the University Press Limited. The two other collections of this popular column were published in 2004 and 2008. Crosstalk has been appreciated by readers for its lucid language and thought-provoking bold commentaries on matters close to their hearts. Each of the essays contains interesting facts, critical information and convincing insights that weave together compelling arguments on contemporary issues. The columnist invokes a moral world where right and wrong coexist but people fail to be accountable for their actions. His fundamental assumption is that Bangladesh has lost its innocence; accountability has been frittered away in exchange for political convenience. It started the day the first freedom fighter certificate was sold for the price of a pack of cigarettes. After that came the mad rush for licenses and permits, followed by the festival of fictitious academic certificates: when education turned into a pay-per-view privilege and leaking question papers was the logical conclusion. From the narrow lanes of condoned aberrations, this nation eventually embarked on the highway of gross violations.
Mohammad Badrul Ahsan has been writing his column Crosstalk in The Daily Star since 2000. Earlier, he co-authored A Strategic Model for Multinational Corporate Social Responsibility in the Third World with Professor Jay L Laughlin of Kansas State University, which was published in the Journal of International Marketing in 1994 and later included in Global Business: Contemporary Issues, Problems and Challenges, a College Custom Series published in 1996 by McGraw-Hill Inc. He is also the author of In Search of a Nation, a book on the philosophy of history, published by Mowla Brothers in 1992. In 2004, University Press Limited published A Good Man in the Woods and Other Essays, the first collection of his columns in The Daily Star.