11th Anniversary Special-One

People’s participation that makes democracy

People’s participation that makes democracy

Democracy is not all about elections, but election is a fundamental component of democracy particularly when it comes to governance of the state and the formulation of policies affecting lives and livelihood of its citizens…

Finding faults with democracy

Finding faults with democracy

An Awami League leader while addressing a seminar in connection with National Mourning Day said that no state in the world could make any progress through democracy. Democracy cannot bring development for the country. Development demands good governance and correct leadership….

August 31, 2014 · 1 comment · 11th Anniversary Special-One
Democracy is the best guarantee of political security for everyone

Democracy is the best guarantee of political security for everyone

Democracy is not a monolithic being and it has many levels and layers. Sometimes in some places, some parts of it functions like economic democracy but political and social democracy fails or falls short. We know that in Soviet Union and other socialist countries, there was some degree of economic equity but as it was not backed by political democracy, the system collapsed…

Participation: of whom, by whom, for whom?

Participation: of whom, by whom, for whom?

Without participation, democracy is not democracy. And, participation — a process and an auger — in election is only a part of practising democracy. It is an important indicator of democracy, but not the only indicator…

Struggle for democracy in the era of demon-cracy

Struggle for democracy in the era of demon-cracy

During the last four decades since independence, we have experienced different forms of governments: civil and military, parliamentary and presidential, elected and selected. Emergency was declared three times (1974, 1987, and 2007) and martial law was promulgated twice (1975 and 1982). During the period, two presidents were killed (1975 and 1981)….

Democracy and the January 5 election

Democracy and the January 5 election

Paul Bremer, the US-appointed interim governor of Iraq, in May 2003, just weeks after the bombing of Baghdad, explained exactly how democracy would take shape in post-Saddam Iraq. He declared: ‘Iraq is open for business’. Afterwards, democracy in Iraq arrived with ‘duty-free imported goods’, and a $39.5 billion dollar contract with Hulliburton Co…

Challenges for electoral democracy in Bangladesh

Challenges for electoral democracy in Bangladesh

Election is an important milestone for democratic transitions. It provides an opportunity for examining how a range of institutions are functioning in a transitional setting and whether fundamental human rights are being protected and promoted. A critical gauge of this process is whether the people believe that they are free to exercise their rights to political expression, association, assembly and movement as part of the electoral process…

AL doesn’t have mandate to rule country even for a day

AL doesn’t have mandate to rule country even for a day

The January 5 elections were a mockery. In no definition of democracy, the elections can be seen as a reflection of the will of people as 154 seats were won without any contest and no more than 5 per cent people actually turned…

AL not popular enough to  be in power  for long

AL not popular enough to be in power for long

Election is one of the components but the election should be free, fair, acceptable and participatory and there should be the rule of law, the freedom of speech and expression, accountability and transparency in the politics of running…

People’s will more precious than  that of rulers

People’s will more precious than that of rulers

The verdict of history goes in favour of people and if people do not get a verdict in their favour, the country needs to pay for that, says Khalequzzaman, general secretary of the Socialist Party of Bangladesh, in an interview…

AL rides on absence of functioning opposition

AL rides on absence of functioning opposition

Democracy in a country depends on how independently and effectively democratic institutions such as the parliament, the Election Commission, the judiciary and the Anti-Corruption Commission, function, says Pankaj Bhattacharya…

BAKSAL was constitutional, but could it be democratic?

BAKSAL was constitutional, but could it be democratic?

Political parties use the word ‘democracy’ only at the time of elections which to them are a competition to go to state power, says Mahmudur Rahman Manna, convener of Nagarik Oikya, in…

A government with no political legitimacy

A government with no political legitimacy

The road to democratisation will not be smooth if people cannot unite against the political process that only brings the Bangladesh Nationalist Party or the Bangladesh Awami League to the power, ousting…

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