Category: Bangladesh

Islam, Peace and Tolerance

Shakib Chowdhury, the lead vocal of a Bangladeshi progressive rock band argues that being a Muslim is about doing good, having faith in God, and believing in the message and the Messenger. ISIS and groups like it take the easy path – the path of self-righteous killing – but the harder path is to build something, show tolerance, and keep the faith.

Waiting for Allah’s ‘Bichar’ (Justice): A despairing note on Bangladesh’s politicized, inept and corrupt criminal justice system

In recent times, the Muslim majority Bangladesh has witnessed a rising spate in cases of unsolved rape, murder, kidnapping, enforced disappearances of political opponents, extrajudicial killings, plunder of national assets etc. etc. Against this backdrop, Adil Khan argues that, most have resigned to fatalism and believe that they have no option but to wait for Allah’s ‘bichar’ (judgement) on the ‘Roj Hashorer Din’ or ‘Yawm al-Qiyāmah’, the Final Day of Judgement when Allah will punish the guilty and reward the righteous.

Development without democracy: are we building a house of cards in Bangladesh?

Professor Adil Khan argues in favour of democracy to sustain Bangladesh’s economic gains and development which are challenged by a number of social and political deprivations. In his view, rising Islamist/Nationalist militancy threatening the security of not only the country but the region as a whole. The way to defeat fundamentalism is neither through repression nor ‘development’ but through unadulterated democracy. The sooner the government and those that care about regional security and stability understand this, better it is.