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Ethnic violence in Bangladesh: assault on minority peoples continues

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Successive governments in Bangladesh have pushed many indigenous people out of their homelands and into the radical margins, driving them into an unstable and uncertain future An unprovoked attack by a mob of Bengali Muslim settlers on four indigenous localities of the mountainous Chittagong Hill Tracts took place in Bangladesh in June this year. Some […]

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Bangladesh grapples with rising Islamic extremism

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Bangladesh’s founding ideals are giving way to extremism and terrorism, writes Rajkumar Singh. The emergence of Bangladesh—formerly East Pakistan—as an independent country in December 1971 reinforced the aspirations of many ethnic movements in the region. Since independence, however, the country has experienced successive coups and martial law regimes, and intermittent suspension of its constitution. The […]

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Urban development in Bangladesh pushes millions to the edge

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The cities and towns of Bangladesh are being transformed—but at what cost? In recent decades Bangladesh has experienced rapid urban transformation. The capital, Dhakar, has emerged as one of the world’s fastest growing mega-cities, and other cities and towns have experienced similar rapid growth during the period. However, this transformation is resulting in widespread urban […]

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Bangladesh killings bring tensions between Islam and secularism to the fore

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Violent extremists are exploiting the tensions and paradoxes of secularism in Bangladesh Bangladesh, a South Asian Muslim majority state with the fourth largest Muslim population, has seen a spate of religion-based killings since 2013. With especially the murder of an American citizen of Bangladeshi origin, Avijit Roy, in 2015, there has been unprecedented global media […]