September 24, 2017

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Bangladesh Transforms Despite its Vicious Politics

Bangladesh's feuding Begums -- Khalida Zia and Prime Minister Hasina Wajid.

The past 25 years have seen astonishing and unexpected transformations in social and economic welfare. Unless something extraordinary happens, Bangladesh looks to be headed for a political transformation involving the decline of at least one political dynasty. 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 »

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 »

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 »

Bangladesh: Part-time Peacekeepers

The vulnerability of the indigenous people of the Chittagong Hill Tracts is stark: an Asian Development Bank study in 2010 found that average income in the region was 40% less than the national average in a country that is already one of the poorest in the world. (Photo by EU - photo by EC/ECHO/Pierre Prakash, Creative Commons License)

The Bangladesh Army’s record in the Chittagong Hill Tracts belies its prominence in UN peacekeeping missions. Read More »

A View from Bangladesh: Crossing the Line

Agartala Akhaura border check post between Bangladesh and India. (Photo by sarit, Creative Commons License)

Some Bangladeshi analysts are criticizing Dhaka’s decision to let India transship essential goods to Indian state of Tripura, including food grains, via Bangladesh without duties under the river protocol between the two countries, but is getting nothing in return. Read More »

Questioning Bangladesh’s Iconic Number

(Photo via smilingbangladesh.org)

On April 17, the Bangladesh’s War Crimes Tribunal initiated contempt proceedings against the Dhaka-based British journalist David Bergman for, among other matters, questioning the death toll from the country’s 1971 war. In the following article, Mr. Bergman explains why journalists and scholars should be able to question this figure.   Is the Bangladesh government’s official figure of three million a fair estimate ... 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: 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 »