September 19, 2017

Bangladesh’s Freshwater Crisis Intensifies

Washing and drinking in old Dhaka. (Photo by David Brewer, Creative Commons License)

With freshwater sources destroyed after Cyclone Aila in 2009 and increasing salinity due to lack of flow in rivers, coastal Bangladesh is facing an acute drinking water crisis with women the worst sufferers. Read More »

View from Bangladesh: Hullabaloo in the Maldives

President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom is blamed for much of the turmoil Maldives has seen in recent months. (Photo by Mahinda Rajapaksa, Creative Commons License)

One Bangladeshi analyst believes that political upheaval and government’s authoritarian actions in Maldives have caused rise of Islamic conservatism,  a politically influenced judiciary, militarization of the police, close collaboration with China, and increasing harassment of migrant workers. Read More »

Bangladesh’s Fading Democracy

Bangladesh has seen unprecedented increase in political violence since Prime Minster Hasina Wajid was reelected in an election, widely seen as fraudulent.

Bangladeshi people are showing signs of frustration with political leadership that is preoccupied with mud-slinging. They are losing trust in state institutions. Stuck in political limbo, they have no higher authority to turn to. This in turn encourages third parties to fish in troubled waters. Read More »

China, India and the Great Dam Rush

Brahmaputra passing through the Indian state of Assam. (Photo by Rita Willaert, Creative Commons License)

The construction of dams on major rivers has serious implications for millions living downstream. Read More »

Wake Up Bangladesh

Bangladesh has not been able to manage her PR right.  (Photo by  Rajiv Ashrafi, Creative Commons License)

Why did Time magazine allege that Bangladesh is the next hotbed for terrorists? As baseless as such assumptions may be, one can’t help but wonder how they are conjured up in the first place. Read More »

Bangladesh’s Democracy Sinks into the Mire

Prime Minister Hasina Wajid's confrontational politics has created more political fissure for Bangladesh than its budding democracy can afford. (Photo via Asia Society, Creative Commons License)

Bangladesh's government is unlikely to treat the unrest as a political crisis and call fresh elections. Given this, both ruling parties must do what they can to avoid further political turmoil in Bangladesh by taking the initiative to pull back from their own dogmatic positions and to restrain violence by embarking on a dialogue to overcome the challenges facing the country because of democratic paralysis and systemic violence. Read More »

Déjà Vu Bangladesh Model

Bangladesh riot police on guard during an opposition protest. (Photo by  Joe Athialy, Creative Commons License)

The current political unrest in Bangladesh is because the Army deviated from its mission statement because of personal greed and ambition. Reputedly a professional soldier, can General IK Bhuyian, COAS Bangladesh Army, stay aloof from the looming anarchy when it becomes a moral obligation to become the “saviors” of the State?  Read More »

Can Bangladesh’s Jumma Minority Speak up?

Women at a market in Bandarban, Chittagong Hill Tracts, Bangladesh. (Photo by jankie, Creative Commons License)

The mood of Bangladesh’s government indicates an urgency for increased securitization, surveillance, discrimination and suspicion of the country’s Tibeto-Burman speaking Buddhist minority, known as Jummas. Read More »

Breaking Bangladesh’s Dynastic Conundrum

(Image by ViewsWeek)

For the first time in three decades, an opportunity exists in Bangladesh for a new challenger of genuine merit and capacity to step into the ring and stake his or her claim, ending the outsized political presence of Sheikh Hasina Wajid and Khaleda Zia. Read More »

Bangladesh: The Tyranny of the Majority

Bangladesh's government shouldn't act as a bully. (Photo by Rajib Dhar, via Dhaka Tribune)

A disease in democracy has entered Bangladesh’s politics, and unless the root of the disease is addressed, things will remain unstable in the South Asian nation. Read More »