“Democracy in Peril in Bangladesh” Muchkund Dubey, Mainstream Weekly, 29 July 2007

“Cleansing Bangladesh’s politics of corrupt elements in order to pave the way for holding free and fair elections is an open-ended goal the fulfilment of which can take years.”

The political scene of Bangladesh during the early 2000s was a farce. The election committee and the government agreed upon a boycott of the elections and the swearing-in of Fakhruddin Ahmed, the new caretaker of the nation. Under the new caretakers rule, changes and arrests were made to rid corruption in bureaucrats, politicians and businessmen. But soon to be discovered, the people of Bangladesh realized the political scene was a setup that had been acted out by the armed forces. With the large military influence, questions arose as to whether the mass arrests and ridding of corruption was effective.  The evils are not going to disappear overnight with the removing of corrupt Government officials and may be counter-productive. Creating a Bangladesh political scene that is rid of all corruption is the open-ended goal, which may take years to achieve. But what is the current attitude of India towards Bangladesh? India wants to protect the fate of democracy and the ideals that Bangladesh, an Indian State, stands for. Even though India holds very little power over Bangladesh, democracy should be restored as well as free and fair elections. Muchkund Dubey states, “the present Government in Bangladesh is hardly in a position to muster the courage needed for taking decisions on pending Indo-Bangladesh issues”. With this being said, the military will be divided on the issues and will be unable to solve the Indo-Bangladesh problems in an efficient manner. There will come a time when Indian and Bangladesh will hold a meeting regarding their relationship, but for the meantime the problems with India will not be solved due to the domestic political problems Bangladesh needs to focus on.

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“Democracy in Peril in Bangladesh” Muchkund Dubey, Mainstream Weekly, 29 July 2007


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