As India enters into poll on 7th April, 2014, analyst Arafat Kabir examines what this election mean to Bangladesh? He dismisses a widespread speculation that argues India’s support to present government of Bangladesh would change if BJP comes into power in India. Arafat states, “Delhi requires a stable and cooperative administration in Dhaka in order to maintain the regional equilibrium of power. Taking this into account, BJP may not find any trouble if Hasina’s Awami League government vows to work with BJP the same way it did with Congress.”
In this powerful analysis, Professor Ali Riaz explains the legacy, logic and construction of Indian foreign policy to Bangladesh and South Asia. In this article, Dr. Riaz argues that India and Bangladesh have mispercieved each other and that an accord between the two states is possible, even as India persues great power status.
Nusaybah Yusuf in this concluding part of Alochonaa’s Madrassa series, explains how Islamic schools in Bangladesh have contributed to the increased access in education and added value to student lives in a context public spending for education is low and poverty is widespread.
Jyoti Rahman discusses the position of Bangladesh’s demographic transition in relation to its Asian neighbours. According to Rahman, Bangladesh’s population is experiencing a ‘youth bulge’ – similar to that of the Arab states. This surge in the young male youth population suggestions a strong correlation to social upheavals.
Madrassas have long held the mantle of valid learning institutions both culturally and religiously within Bangladeshi society. The primary mode of religious education today still falls under the ambit of madrassas. Nonetheless, whether these institutions are delivering a valid modus operandi for students to neutrally engage in religious and or civic education is a question which in Bangladesh at least is cause of much scholarly debate. Nusaybah Yusuf through this 2 part series is to examine the role and viability of madrassas and its effects as a moderate educational institution within Bangladeshi society.
Md. Khalid Hossain, a Bangladeshi PhD researcher at the RMIT University, Melbourne explains the paradox of perception between the reality, and the political rhetoric of climate change in Bangladesh.
Mr. John Finnie, a Member of Scottish Parliament argues in favor of a meaningful delivery of climate justice to Bangladesh, one of the worst affected countries in the world due to the changing climate.