Bangladesh transforms despite its vicious politics

n overview of a floating vegetable market for the poor people besides the rail tracks close to the station during the country wide strike at Mohakhali in Dhaka, Bangladesh, 1 January 2015 (Photo: AAP)

Authors: Tom Felix Joehnk and Forrest Cookson

Bangladesh’s social, economic and political development is one of the great success stories of the past 25 years. But today it is Bangladesh’s politically dysfunctional ‘battling begums’ — Sheikh Hasina of the ruling Awami League (AL) and Khaleda Zia of opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) — that hold the country back.

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Political stability is the key to growth in Bangladesh

Activists of the ruling party supported Awami League's labour front Sramik League shout slogans as they are stopped by the law enforcement officials while they have marched towards the Bangladesh Nationalist Party Chairperson Khaleda Zia’s Gulshan office in Dhaka, Bangladesh 09 February 2015 (Photo: AAP)

Author: Fahmida Khatun, CPD

Bangladesh’s year started with political turmoil when the opposition party — the Bangladesh Nationalist Party  — protested, demanding free and fair elections. Read more…

Still a way to go for a middle-income Bangladesh

Bangladeshi people walk on a street early morning in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Thursday, 1 October, 2015. The World Bank has recently reassessed Bangladesh as a middle-income country. (Photo: AAP)

Author: Fahmida Khatun, CPD

Bangladesh’s recent graduation to the World Bank’s lower-middle-income category from a low-income category was only a matter of time. The country experienced steady growth in the 2000s and boosted its per capita income. Its from a mere 2.8 per cent in the 1970s to 6 per cent in the 2010s, and per capita income increased from only US$90 in 1973 to US$1314 in 2015. Read more…

The international politics of Bangladeshi ‘boat people’

Migrants sit on their boat as they wait to be rescued by Acehnese fishermen on the sea off East Aceh, Indonesia, Wednesday, May 20, 2015. (Photo: AAP)

Author: Mubashar Hasan, BISRT & Griffith University

The issue of Bangladeshi ‘boat people’ has recently come to light following a series of high-profile crackdowns on human trafficking in Southeast Asia. Read more…

Islamist militancy on the rise in Bangladesh

Bangladeshi activists campaigning for capital punishment, Dhaka, Bangladesh, Saturday, April 11, 2015. (Photo: AAP)

Author: Iftekharul Bashar, RSIS

Islamist militant groups in Bangladesh are showing signs of revival. According to Bangladeshi authorities, militants from at least two banned outfits — Jama’atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) and Ansarullah Bangla Team (ABT) — are preparing for attacks in the country, including targeted assassinations involving individuals whom they consider apostates or obstacles to establishing an Islamic State in Bangladesh. Read more…

India reaches out to Bangladesh

Author: Mahendra Ved, New Delhi

For a quarter of a century, India has looked east, and for a year ‘acted east’. The latter policy is proving to be more than just rhetoric. Bangladesh, previously a major gap in India’s ‘look east’ quest, has been substantially bridged to the mutual benefit of not just the two neighbours but, hopefully, the entire region. Read more…

Bangladesh’s democracy sinks deeper into the mire

Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at a press conference after the national election in Dhaka on 6 January, 2014. Hasina insisted her walkover win in an election boycotted by the opposition was legitimate and blamed her rivals for the unprecedented bloodshed on polling day. (Photo: AAP).

Author: Syeda Naushin Parnini, University of Malaya

Democracy in Bangladesh is broken.

The country recently witnessed political deadlock causing violence and crippling unrest. Read more…