‘The greatest game’: Bangladeshi politics, the story so far

I haven’t been posting about every latest political development here because I never intended that to be the purpose of this blog – and working a six day week and doing other things means I don’t have as much time as I’d like; just keeping up with the news is hard enough.

But I do find the ever-changing situation fascinating, and I think for anyone who’s studied or had an interest in politics, what’s happening here is…in a word, spectacular.

On the Drishtipat blog, an excellent, short but thorough round-up has been published, including some eye-watering examples of gross corruption, and some photos which really do tell a thousand words. Check it out here.

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4 Responses to “‘The greatest game’: Bangladeshi politics, the story so far”


  1. 1 Asif Qader February 24, 2007 at 12:36 am

    Fakhruddin Ahmed’s government should be honest and transparent too. They are not above the law. While they are arresting all the corrupt people, I was wandering how come we never hear a thing from Fakhruddin Ahmed’s government about the dropped advisor faiz khan. He had lots of corruption allegations. We were expecting government to give a statement about how this corrupt person been selected in first place. Who inside the current government propose him/ From reliable source we came to know that there was a big amount of money transaction for proposing his name, who got the money? In governments statement , they mentioned they called him in his resident in USA. From reliable source we found out that he lives in Bangladesh, he do not have any resident in USA. Is government covering up something ?

    So how honest is Fakhruddin Ahmed’s government ?????

  2. 2 sowula February 24, 2007 at 11:34 am

    That’s the essential point about why it is not good for Bangladesh for the interim military-beaurocrat administration to remain – they’re not the Bangladeshi government, because they don’t belong to the people of Bangladesh. You have no power. You must get it restored for any actions to be made legitimately in the name of, and for the benefit of the people.

    Why do commentators think that what corrupted the BNP/AWL will not happen to Fakhruddin’s administration?

  3. 4 sowula March 10, 2007 at 4:37 am

    It’s precisely that kind of point that needs to be made. Except that all political activity, protests, and certain freedoms of expression are banned. How convenient for the Military/technocrat administration.

    Bangladesh is taking a HUGE leap of faith, I believe.


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