Bangladesh’s Leading Lady
Your profile on Sheikh Hasina Wajid explained the life and career of one of the most well-known Bangladeshi politicians. The eldest child of Sheikh Mujib-ur-Rehman, she began taking an active part in politics during her college days. This explains Sheikh Hasina’s ability to play a larger than life role in Bangladeshi politics -- she is currently serving her second term in office as Prime Minister. Although she has been involved in politics since the 1980s and has outmaneuvered her opponents, Sheikh Hasina’s political style does reflect self-interest. Political factions of Bangladesh have raised criticism over her governing style which has created rifts between the government and the opposition. It is interesting to note that Sheikh Hasina is harboring self-interest agendas even before becoming Prime Minister. For instance, in 1996 Lt General ASM Nasim’s futile attempt to carry out a military coup had Sheikh Hasina’s support and later in 2007, she supported the postponement of the elections when the army chief, Moeenuddin took over the government and declared an emergency.
Incidents such as these made Sheikh Hasina deal with political unrest during the last two decades. Moreover, in 2006, Hasina’s indeci-