Neighbourhood Studies
Bangladesh
Bangladesh's quest for Sufi and Liberal Space

Sufis are accepted as a moderate strain of Islam and often being described as the ‘Mystic Muslim’ too. Historian Richard Eaton has identified several strands and references to Sufis and Pirs during 16th Century in the documented Musli

Bangladesh: Demand for Elections under Caretaker Government

Election times are quintessentially interesting, more so when some of the South Asian countries are involved. The element of unpredictability and host of other varied considerations surrounding any election in the region, makes these events an analys

Bangladesh: Quota Politics

What began as a small protest against quotas in government jobs in Dhaka University on 17 February 2018 soon spread to Chittagong, Khulna, Barisal, Mymensingh, Sylhet and some other parts of the country. It reached its peak on 8 April when students b

Commentary: Bangladesh - The Khaleda Zia Verdict and its Political Implications

In a judicial verdict of unprecedented political import, on February 8, 2018, a Special Court in Bangladesh sentenced the former Prime Minister and leader of Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), Begum Khaleda Zia, to a five-year jail term, in a case o

The 1971 Genocide: Resurgent Bangladesh’s Quest for Justice, Pakistani Obduracy and India’s Role

The Prime Minister of Bangladesh Sheikh Hasina recently concluded four-day visit to New Delhi which marked a significant milestone in both the country’s relationship. Although still considered one of the world’s Least Developed Countries (LDCs),

PM Sheikh Hasina’s Visit, 2017-Time for New Vision in Indo-Bangladesh Relation

Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is scheduled to visit India (April 7-10, 2017) at the invitation of Indian Prime Minister Modi. In a statement issued by the government, “The upcoming visit is expected to further expand cordial and cooperati

Chinese Submarines for The Bangladesh Navy An Assessment

The Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, in December 2015, announced that ‘two submarines would be added to Bangladesh Navy by the middle of the next year’, i.e., 20161. The Prime Minister was speaking at the passing out parade of

Pak-Bangladesh Diplomatic Spat: Tip of the Iceberg

Recent months have seen Pakistan and Bangladesh expelling each other’s diplomats and ‘summoning’ each other’s envoys to lodge ‘strong’ protests. The expulsions and ‘summoning’ are just the tip of the iceberg, reflective of a deeper ma

Bangladesh - Politics of Confrontation: Political Deadlock

Bangladesh’s tryst with democracy began a new chapter in the nation’s history when the newly independent nation adopted its first Constitution in 1972 with the tenets of nationalism, democracy, socialism and secularism. The then political environ

Prime Minister Modi’s Visit to Bangladesh - A Review

Prime Minister Narendra Modi paid an extremely successful 2-day visit to Bangladesh on June 6&7 2015 that was not only a high profile bilateral visit but was equally rich in substantive content and deliverable out come. As mentioned in our pre-visit

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