At the crossroads of secular tolerance and militant Islam


Bangladesh become Independent nation in December 1971 after India’s Army intervened to end the genocide being inflicted by the Pakistan leaders and its brutal Army on its eastern wing – the Bengali Muslim majority province of East Pakistan. Initial promise of Bangladesh just after declaring Independent nation was to develop secular model where every one can live happily and peacefully has gone in vein, result of this failure Islamic fundamentalisms came on rise, this failure to live up secular model has given way to these fundamentalist to rise. Because of this Islamic fundamentalist rise, many European and Westerns countries showed the concern as Islamic fundamentalist threats are no longer confined to sources from Pakistan, Sudan, Chechnya and Afghanistan. They have started emanating from Bangladesh as a base too. A worrying situation for the world and wake up call for India.

Bangladesh’s eclectic culture is threatened by the conflict that has now erupted into violence on the streets

A country torn by a low-intensity cultural civil war has seen at least 25 people die in this conflict in the last 10 days; its capital city is strewn with overturned cycle rickshaws, rocks and broken glass. A tense and watchful calm has since returned to Dhaka, one of the fastest-growing cities in the world, although sporadic violence continues in some outlying districts.

This is Bangladesh, the country of origin of about 300,000 British people, with the fourth-largest Muslim population in the world. The disturbances at the end of October followed the end of the five-year mandate of the Bangladesh National party and its religious-party allies, Jamaat-e-Islami and Islami Oikya Jote. These allies never believed in the existence of Bangladesh; they fought on Pakistan’s side in the 1971 liberation war, in which at least a million Bengalis died.

The cause of the riots was the appointment of the leader of a caretaker government for the three months before elections next January. The president, Iajuddin Ahmed, subsequently assumed leadership of the interim administration. The opposition Awami League has given him until November 10 to “demonstrate his neutrality”; if he fails it will intensify popular demonstrations by the 14-party combine it leads.

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3 Comments

  1. I really wonder whether there will ever be a significant end to violence.

  2. There can’t be an end to it. It can be controlled though.

  3. @Hiren

    I agree with slim statement. “can’t be an end to it. It can be controlled though”

    @Slim
    Well said


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