Re­de­fined Po­lit­i­cal Map

With ris­ing Is­lamic fun­da­men­tal­ism per­me­at­ing the coun­try, the po­lit­i­cal sys­tem in Bangladesh and par­ties find them­selves vic­tim­ized by rad­i­cal ide­ol­ogy.

Southasia - - Region - By Syed Moaz­zam Hashmi

Among the ac­tive-re­source starved, densely pop­u­lated third world coun­tries of South Asia, if any coun­try de­serves praise for putting up a con­sis­tent fight against a long list of odds and for carv­ing sig­nif­i­cant achieve­ments out of the chal­lenges, it would be Bangladesh. How­ever, ris­ing Is­lamic rad­i­cal­iza­tion has posed a chal­lenge to the lib­eral forces in the third largest Mus­lim coun­try of the world.

Ris­ing from the ashes of a ninemonth long civil war, Bangladesh emerged as an independent state in De­cem­ber 1971. Its pol­i­tics tasted var­i­ous fla­vors slid­ing up and down the see-saw of mil­i­tary dic­ta­tor­ship and civil­ian regimes dur­ing the past four decades. Amid mul­ti­fac­eted chal­lenges of fre­quent nat­u­ral dis­as­ters, the im­pact of global eco­nomic re­ces­sion and ex­pe­ri­enc­ing the ris­ing phe­nom­e­non of re­li­gious ex­trem­ism, Bangla- desh has recorded en­cour­ag­ing steady eco­nomic growth since the 1980s.

Mil­i­tary rule may not be wel­come any­where, but de­spite its down side, it did set cer­tain good trends for Ban- gladesh dur­ing the state of emer­gency that ex­isted from Jan­uary 2007 to De­cem­ber 2008. The regime achieved land­mark in­sti­tu­tional changes such as a rig­or­ous cam­paign against cor-

Can Bangladesh fight ris­ing in­flu­ences?

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