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 10: Perception of the Pathways towards Radicalization among Urban Youth in Bangladesh
Radicalization has become a contested phenomenon in academia in recent times. However, it became a concerning issue in Bangladesh since the last decade when series of bombs blasted in various places in Bangladesh and lately after the attack at the Holey Artisan restaurant in the diplomatic zone of Dhaka city. Recent attacks in Bangladesh indicate that many of these radicalized youth were from diverse socio-economic classes with an elite educational background. Under this backdrop, the chapter aims to understand and explore the youth's perception on the exposure and expression of radicalization in the urban space of Bangladesh. By ...