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