June 22, 2017

Minorities Targeted in Bangladesh Violence

Jashoda Sarkar and her daughther, Jyoti Sarka, Hindus from a Bangladeshi village were attacked in poll violence. (IRIN photo by Mushfique Wadud)

Following attacks on religious minorities – mostly Hindus – activists in Bangladesh are calling for increased protection to forestall further violence in the majority Muslim country. On 5 January, as the country voted in parliamentary elections, armed men attacked Shyamal Kumar Biswas, 35, and other residents in Malopara, a fishing village of 80 families in Jessore district, southwestern Bangladesh. All ... Read More »

Bangladesh’s ‘Ill-Actions’

(Cartoon via New Age, Bangladesh)

  Awami League party of Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina Wajid has won two-thirds majority in the country’s bloody and divisive elections on January 5. The almost one-party polls, following opposition’s boycott, are being described by much of Bangladeshi media as a farce.   Election-related violence left 22 people dead while 150 polling stations were burned. More than 150 people ... Read More »

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 »