April 24, 2017

Bangladesh’s Electoral Farce

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Suspected Opposition supporters set fire to a bus at Dhaka's Mirpur-1 during the second day of the Opposition’s nonstop blockade on Thursday. Photo: bdnews24.com

Bangladesh is now going through a perverse electoral process that may be termed without doubt a pure farcical election. Nowhere, in the whole world, an election similar to this under the pretext of democratic process has been seen to have taken place. It is an election without the participation of any opposition party, an election without contestation and it may even ... Read More »

Bangladesh: You Are Either with Mollah or Against Him!

(Photo via bdnews24.com)

In a fateful moment of our recent history, US President Bush had uttered ‘either you are with us or against us’. His words cast a spell on the world and condemned us all to a political myopia. We are since then stuck between these two choices. We find everything either black or white.   Whichever of the two you are, ... Read More »

Bangladesh Hangs Opposition Politician Ahead of Elections

Abdul Quader Mollah

    Bangladesh has executed opposition leader Abdul Quader Molla for war crimes during in 1971 war, after a shady trial. Molla is the first person to be sent to gallows on war crime charges during the country’s bloody 1971 war of independence.   Molla, 65, who was also assistant secretary general of the Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) party, was hanged hours after he refused ... Read More »

Democracy Stumbles in Bangladesh

Bangladeshi opposition lead by Begum Khaleda Zia, Chairperson of Bangladesh Nationalist Party, fear large-scale vote fraud if elections are held under Sheikh Hasina Wajid's government. (Photo by Jingo of Bangladesh, Creative Commons License)

The announcement of the schedule for elections to the tenth Jatiya Sangsad (national parliament) on November 25 has stoked an already volatile political situation in Bangladesh. The ready reaction of the Bangladesh Nationalist Party-led opposition alliance to the chief election commissioner’s televised speech to the nation, during which he announced that the general elections will be held on January 5, 2014, ... Read More »

Bangladesh: Western Perceptions on Developments

President BIPSS, Major General Muniruzzaman (Retd). testified at the Congressional hearing on Bangladesh on 20 November 2013. (Courtesy BIPSS)

The last week has seen a flurry of activities in the West about developments in Bangladesh. These include a hearing (November 20, 2013) by the U.S. House Sub-Committee on Asia titled “Bangladesh in Turmoil. Such increased focus in the run-up to the elections in Bangladesh is indicative of the West trying to understand what exactly is happening in this important ... Read More »

Bangladesh’s Unending Political Crisis

(Photo via The Daily Star)

Bangladesh is passing through a political crisis, giving rise to a grave social and economic situation that has taken many lives already, and caused many lost days of income. Political parties are in dangerous confrontation. The latest political conflict arose with the issue of the coming general election. The only means to control the fire is a national consensus on ... Read More »

A Bangladeshi Perspective on 1971 ‘War Crimes’

Demonstrators in Dhaka, Bangladesh, demanding death penalty for Abdul Kader Mollah and all other “war criminals” being tried by the “International Crimes Tribunal Bangladesh” in February this year. Mollah was handed death sentence last month for his role in 1971 war. (Photo by M. Hasan, Creative Commons License)

  We are a severe critic of this government on many issues. But on the issue of holding war crimes trial we have no hesitation in saying that without the AL (Awami League party of prime minister Sheikh Hasina Wajid who also happens to be daughter of Bangladesh’s founder Sheikh Mujibur Rehman) in power, and without Sheikh Hasina’s determined leadership, ... Read More »

Bangladesh Cannot Survive Without the Sundarbans

Sundarbans is the world's largest mangrove forest. (Photo by Sandy & Alan)

Sundarbans, the largest mangrove forest in the world, is a living and most effective natural fence protecting the coastal belt areas. It indeed saved us from the devastation of cyclones Sidr and Aila in the recent past. Not only so, it is the forest that offers various sources of livelihood to more than five hundred thousand local inhabitants. Unfortunately, the ... Read More »

Bangladesh’s Secret Weapon Against Extremism

UN Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women walk in Dhaka, organized by BIWTC Workers Union . (Photo by International Transport Workers Federation)

Since the late 1990s, Bangladesh has witnessed an increase in militancy and violent extremism that has exposed women to greater threats than before. Such kinds of extremism prevent women from being emancipated economically and socially. In Bangladesh, a number of Islamist extremist groups believe women should not have a prominent role in society. Earlier this year, Hefazat (-e-Islam, a radical ... Read More »

Myanmar’s Stateless Rohingyas

The Rohingyas are a persecuted ethnic and religious minority from Myanmar, and the groups in Cox's Bazar fled that persecution in 1991 to live in Bangladesh. (Photo courtesy by Austcare - World Humanitarian Aid)

Every human being has the right to live in his birthplace irrespective of religion, color and race. But in case of Rohingyas in Myanmar, it is different and difficult. Rohingyas ( an ethnic group who practice Islam and speak Rohingya) have been living in the state of Arakan in Myanmar since the 8th century, but have not been recognized as citizens. After decades of oppression ... Read More »