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Certainly the ruling Awami League would not want to go to the next general election with such a huge liability across its shoulders? Surely these men – and men like MP Badi of Cox’s Bazar – are not the individuals who can carry forward the torch of democratic accountability? And of course the Prime Minister knows all that, doesn’t she?

 

There is a tendency in the current Indian establishment and a section of the Indian media to, sometimes, underestimate its smaller neighbours, being obsessed with the acrimony with Pakistan and China. Both Bangladesh and Sri Lanka have significant strategic importance, and the same can also be said about Nepal. Also there seems to be a quality crisis in the Modi cabinet, and inept people like Manohar Parrikar have been bestowed with portfolios of high importance like defense.

 
He shaped a dream for his people. He perished in upholding the dream. In death, he rose high, and higher, to light a thousand stars in our sky. Through our silences, in our moments of sad, quiet reflections, within the broad parameters of our tempestuous history, we remember Dhirendranath Dutta.
 
In supporting her demand, I would say that the war babies are our pride as well as an integral part of our Liberation War. Further, this country became independent through the sufferings of their mothers. Hence, we should never make them feel ostracized. We should rather call each of them a Victory Baby.  
 

The Awami League held its national council and announced a series of new names to bring in young leadership, but despite demands to bring in grand-children of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman in the party mantle, it did not happen.

 
There are the superficial similarities — both are law enforcement bodies, and both can be seen patrolling our streets in uniform carrying government-issue weapons, busting crime, and posing for the press with the illegal weapons, drugs, or gold that they have seized.  
 
The world has come a long way, so has my country. When my country started off, she was the second poorest country in the world and today, she remains the second largest garments exporter in the world, with diplomatic ties at her very best.  
 

The story goes that in 2012, when World Bank pulled out of the $3 billion Padma Bridge project, the Sheikh Hasina government in Bangladesh expected India to cash in on the opportunity. Bilateral relations were on a roll since 2010. India had already offered $1 billion assistance including $200 million aid to kickstart the bridge construction, and promised more assistance.

 

In the case of Bangladesh, it may not be possible to develop a Saudi-type de-radicalisation program complete with a gym and swimming pool. However, it can be possible to replicate elements from the Saudi, Singapore, and other international models which have worked well in deradicalising extremists. Ultimately, the desired goal is for the former extremist to disavow his extremist ways, and discover the real Islam.

 
Hatred poured on to Badrul from all over the country, when the video of chopping Khadiza like a butcher became viral on different social sites. Badrul’s Facebook page was flooded with public comments, full of anger and hatred.  
 


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