11th Anniversary Special-Two

Terrifying trends for representative democracy

Terrifying trends for representative democracy

In that open field
If you do not come too close, if you do not come too close,
On a summer midnight, you can hear the music
Of the weak pipe and the little drum
And see them dancing around the bonfire
The association of man and woman…
— TS Eliot, Four Quartets

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Many miles to go for democracy

Many miles to go for democracy

Bangladesh came into being in 1971 with the promise to be a Westminster-type democracy, a system of government in which almost all activities, involving either the government or the opposition camp, would centre round the parliament.

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Towards democracy: role of civil society

Towards democracy: role of civil society

Democracy, as defined in Wikipedia, in its ideal sense is the notion that ‘the people’ should have control of the government ruling over them. This ideal is pursued by implementing a system of voting such that the majority of people rule, either directly or indirectly through elected representatives.

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Current parliament is no parliament

Current parliament is no parliament

The 10th general elections was held on January 5 in which majority seats in the parliament were elected unopposed was no election and the current parliament is no parliament in the eye of law, says Barrister Rafique-Ul Huq, a senior lawyer of the Supreme Court, said in an interview with Mohiuddin Alamgir.

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A charter is in need to resolve national disputes

A charter is in need to resolve national disputes

The government should initiate dialogues, instead of doing all the negative things that the government is trying to do, including constitutional amendments, framing broadcasting policy, amending the ICT law and the law regarding NGOs, Badiul Alam Majumder, secretary of the Citizens for Good Governance, said in an interview with Taib Ahmed

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Political crisis rooted in caretaker govt system repeal

Political crisis rooted in caretaker govt system repeal

The present political crisis is deeply rooted in the repeal of the non-party, caretaker government system by way of the 15th amendment to the constitution coupled with the politicisation of bureaucracy, including the police. The Election Commission…

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Govt talks about democracy but fails to hold participatory election

Govt talks about democracy but fails to hold participatory election

It is a common phenomenon that political parties that are in government set the strategy to stay in power for a long time. People here are helpless and democracy, which is the rule of people, is almost meaningless as except on the day of elections, people do not virtually have any power to exercise their democratic rights. The ruling quarters…

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An immediate election will not bring about any solution

An immediate election will not bring about any solution

The first-past-the-post system of election has lost its relevance in Bangladesh although we inherited the system from the Westminster form of government in Britain. In the system, the candidate securing a single vote more than that of any other wins the…

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Only dialogues are the solution

Only dialogues are the solution

Only dialogues between the ruling and opposition parties can ensure a free, fair and participatory general election. The issue of the caretaker government is minor and the major issue is whether we have trust among the political parties so that an election…

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Political culture in contemporary Bangladesh

Political culture in contemporary Bangladesh

Anniversaries provide opportune moments for pause and retrospection. Independence days are exceptionally significant for the nation-state. They demand collective as well as individual stock-taking – of expectations and ideals at the moment of ‘birth’ and trajectories taken in practice. I use this opportunity to reflect on the contours of Bangladesh’s…

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Politics of culture, culture of politics

Politics of culture, culture of politics

Culture, like class, is political. Of course, there are traditions and practices that have not only narrowly demarcated the terrain of culture as such, but have also reckoned it as a hierarchy-producing category — one that has been taken to…

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Our poisoned imagination and dead dreams

Our poisoned imagination and dead dreams

Writing about Bangladesh is difficult. Very difficult, some would say, especially if you have been trained as a social science scholar. Whose language do you use? Which theories and concepts? The fact is you are already imprisoned in a language, and inside a particular theoretical orientation. Maybe an easier word is perspective. That is why Bangladesh is crowded, corrupt…

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Democracy, disillusion and development

Democracy, disillusion and development

The absence of democracy’s constructive role denies citizens an opportunity of what the leading philosopher John Rawls calls ‘the exercise of public reason’. They cannot participate in political discussions to be in a position to influence public choice. Nor can they learn from one another, and help society to form its values…

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Discovering the commons

Discovering the commons

The whole idea of democracy had conceptually emerged on the conviction that the ordinary people, the masses of people that is, have enormous creative abilities to bring in positive changes in society and state. But the idea was not there from the beginning, it has rather evolved through thousands of heroic battles, political and otherwise, that the ordinary people have successfully…

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