Radicalization in South Asia: Context, Trajectories and Implications presents a critical overview of radicalism, violence and terrorism in South Asia, a region that is diverse in terms of demography, religion, culture and political ideologies. While diversity could have worked as a push factor in strengthening democracies in the region, historically, fault lines in the South Asian faiths, culture, ethnicity, nationalism and political ideologies have triggered radical movements, and unleashed violence and terror attacks to destabilize democracies in the region. Against the backdrop of the current wave of illiberalism and radicalism sweeping over the US, Europe, Middle East, Australia and Latin America, this book presents the most recent scenario of the context, trajectories and policy implications for radicalism, violence and terrorism in five South Asian countries including India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Maldives. It emphasizes the comparative insights provided by the changing values of South Asian society to offer a comprehensive picture of radicalization in this region.
Chapter 9: The Gender Dimension of Extremism: The Unfolding Links between Women and Extremism in Bangladesh
Radicalization, leading to violent extremism, has become a critical security and development concern for Bangladesh. It is an issue that revolves around realpolitik, identity politics, the political economy of governance and technological dividends. Each of these statist and socio-political tools is interlinked and cannot be seen in isolation when examining and discussing the trends of and the responses against extremism. The transnational terrorist and extremist organizations have been battling to establish their presence in Bangladesh through organizational as well as ideological footprints in social, political ...