The time for thoughts and prayers is gone!

A horrific hostage crisis is going on in Bangladesh. It's painful, but not surprising... and the inevitability is perhaps the most unfortunate part of it. Prayers are the most useless thing in the world, but we can only pray that the hostages return safely...even if all of us know that it's highly improbable. The horror, the caution, and the sympathy will all essentially go in vain unless we translate those to action. Incidents like these do not appear out of thin air. Let us review a number of astonishing events that happened in the build-up to these attacks. -The government retained political power with two fundamental promises...trial of war criminals and protection from radical terrorists. They have succeeded in one, but have miserably failed in the other. -Even the most vigilant agencies cannot prevent highly motivated and unpredictable attacks like this. The failure to protect is often mitigated by the ability to react. Unfortunately, the government has been indifferent to the series of targeted killings going on over the past three years. -Political reality migh...

Shyamananda Das, a Hindu temple worker, was hacked to death

Shyamananda Das, a Hindu temple worker, was hacked to death in Bangladesh Friday, police reportedly said. The incident is the latest in a series of attacks on secular and minority targets by suspected militants in the Muslim-majority country. Das, who worked at the Radhamadan Gopal Bigraha Math i...