Category: Politics

The 10th Jatiyo Sangsad: Some questions from the youth

Dr-Iftekharuzzaman

The president in his address to the 10th Parliament on January 29, urged the election-boycotting parties to “help reach a consensus by shunning the path of confrontation and anarchy… to contribute to the establishment of a tolerant democratic system through removing hatred, violence.” It wasn’t named, but…

Bangladesh — on the march to authoritarianism?

William Milam

Politically, Bangladesh has come full circle to the tipping point it faced almost 40 years ago.The election of January 5 brought one-party government back. History tells us that the next likely step is a consolidation of a one-party government into…

Bangladesh decides

The writer is the Chairperson of the Department of History, Forman Christian College, and tweets at @BangashYK On January 5, 2014, Bangladesh held its general elections and on January 12, a beaming Sheikh Hasina Wajid took oath for the third…

Matriarchs’ Duel for Power Threatens to Tilt Bangladesh Off Balance

Hasina-Khaleda

Two ladies eyed each other from their elegant residences in Dhaka, the Bangladeshi capital, last week, each waiting to see whether the other would blink. The former prime minister, stern-faced and imperious as a medieval queen, received visitors in a…

Living with myths

National Memorial

Our ill-motivated political masters have so far been successful in deceiving many of us and keeping us engaged in unnecessary debates and fairy tales. It seems that we have been living with too many myths for the last 42 years…

Thailand and Bangladesh: A tale of two countries

Recent events in Thailan bear some parallels with events in Bangladesh. In both countries, the party out of power demands an interim caretaker government. In Thailand, the ruling majority, confident of its support from the majority of the voters, has…