Bangladesh’s Lead­ing Lady

Southasia - - EDITOR’S MAIL -

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-

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