- Subject index
The book deals with the issues of democracy and development in major South Asian countries. In a comprehensive manner, it draws attention to various aspects like ethnicity, multiculturalism, authoritarianism, economic reforms, trade, armed rebellion, democracy movements, and federal pressures.
While examining the many facets of democracy and development in the region, the various contributors to the volume capture: the discontent in the political sphere within each country; how states navigate a maze of ethnic claims, multicultural compulsions, and separatist insurgencies; and; the region's optimism in economic reforms for development, peace-building processes for security, and democratization.
Chapter 3: Democracy and Authoritarianism in Bangladesh
Democracy and Authoritarianism in Bangladesh
Bangladesh, despite three-and-a-half decades of independence, continues to be plagued by political instability, popular unrest, and economic uncertainty. Contemporary Bangladesh is at the crossroads and in the midst of a host of internal crises, which could potentially undermine the country's stability. Rising political violence and religious militancy, coupled with the government's vindictive attitude and the main opposition party's intransigence, weak institution-building, absence of political accountability, worsening law and order situation leading to the induction of the military in civic duties have created an unstable environment that is likely to inflict further damage to Bangladesh's fragile democracy.
Bangladesh's political evolution suggests that for most of its history, the country has oscillated between unstable democracy (1972–75 and 1991 onwards) ...