NEETHU ANNA SAJI
Author: Fahmida Khatun, Centre for Policy Dialogue
Authors: Champa Patel, Chatham House and Rudabeh Shahid, University of York
The outcome of the December 30 vote should not come as a surprise given the level of state capture in Bangladesh.
Shafquat Rabbee is a Bangladeshi-American geopolitical columnist and an Adjunct Faculty at the University of Dallas.
Bangladesh, which was originally East Pakistan, was born in December 1971 after being “liberated” from the genocidal shackles of the Pakistani military and more than three million lives were lost in the freedom struggle led by the charismatic Sheikh Mujibur Rehman.
Chitrapu Uday Bhaskar, a retired Commodore who served in the Indian Navy, is one of India’s leading experts and outspoken critics on security and strategic affairs. Commodore Bhaskar is currently the Director of the Society for Policy Studies (SPS), an independent think-tank based in New Delhi, India. He has the rare distinction of being the head of three think tanks during his career – the earlier two being the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses (IDSA) and the National Maritime Foundation (NMF). He is a columnist, editor, and contributor of numerous research-articles on nuclear and international security issues to reputed journals in India and abroad. Bhaskar has an abiding interest in the visual arts, film and theater.
Bangladesh’s upcoming parliamentary election, scheduled for 30 December, may become the most consequential for the country since independence. Not only is incumbent Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and her Bangladesh Awami League (BAL) seeking an unprecedented third consecutive term, but the election will have important implications for the future course of democracy in the country.
Ali Riaz, Illinois State University
Fahmida Khatun, CPD