The litany of grievances against the Hasina government is long. But the issues of governance, vital though these are, will not necessarily determine the course of politics. Constitutional politics in the country is imperilled from the beginning by the absence of a viable party system. (more…)

Seven leaders of the Jamaat-e-Islami and BNP are now under trial or detention or free on bail on charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity committed during the Liberation War in 1971. Khaleda Zia calls them “political prisoners” and demands their release. She has also vowed to “throw away” the Constitution. The BNP is evidently pursuing high-voltage politics while the Awami League

The practising Muslims and also the non-practising Muslims will celebrate their biggest religious festival, the Eid-ul Fitr, within a couple of days. Even atheists, who were born in Muslim families, will habitually participate in the Eid festivities –– they may not attend Eid congregations as a religious duty but will nevertheless enjoy the attendant social functions. (more…)

The political arena is full of confusion. But, as it is said, out of chaos comes order, so politics will hopefully take shape out of the current confusion. (more…)

A notion about Bangladesh has been created over the years that the nation is condemned to watch a monotonous one-act drama –– the power struggle between the Awami League and the BNP. This colours the current debate on the Fifteenth Amendment to the Constitution and the focus is hence on the dispute regarding the nature of an election-time caretaker government. (more…)