March, 2015

  • 29 March

    Wake Up Bangladesh

    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.

  • 21 March

    Bangladesh’s Democracy Sinks into the Mire

    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.

February, 2015

  • 25 February

    Déjà Vu Bangladesh Model

    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? 

  • 16 February

    Can Bangladesh’s Jumma Minority Speak up?

    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.

January, 2015

  • 29 January

    Breaking Bangladesh’s Dynastic Conundrum

    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.

  • 13 January

    Bangladesh: The Tyranny of the Majority

    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.

December, 2014

  • 29 December

    Pakistani and Bangladeshi Perspectives on 1971 War

    December 16 is celebrated as victory day in Bangladesh and mourned as Dhaka debacle in Pakistan. The two nations have remained trapped in narratives of their common history. These differing, and largely hostile narratives remain the main hurdle in mending the uneasy relations between the two countries. Here are glimpses from the histories preserved and propagated by the two sides.

  • 29 December

    A View from Bangladesh: A Moderate Message

    From Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan, and Pakistan to Bangladesh and Indonesia in the east, a network of Arab charities is funding militancy and mayhem to coerce Muslims of diverse traditions to conform to the Salafi and Wahabi traditions. Bangladesh needs to be steered away from becoming a Pakistan or an Afghanistan, says one Bangladeshi analyst.

  • 7 December

    Shrinking Rivers Reshape Rituals in Bangladesh

    An entire way of life in riverine Bangladesh is changing with communities adapting their lives and religious rituals due to irregular water flow and drying rivers,

November, 2014

  • 25 November

    Bangladesh’s Rohingya Camps — Promise or Peril?

    Bangladesh's decision to move two camps housing some 30,000 Rohingya refugees has heightened anxieties among the Muslim minority, who fled persecution in neighboring Myanmar. Details of Dhaka’s plans remain murky and distrust high as resident Rohingyas have faced decades of ill-treatment in Bangladesh.