……..nation of 152 million—the world’s third-most-populous Muslim country—does not become another Afghanistan or, more aptly, another Darfur, where the rebels whose presence the government has long tolerated have seized virtual control….
Militant islam bites everywhere, it did here in USA in 9/11, it did in UK, Spain, Indonesia, Jordan, India, Pakistan and many other places. Afghanistan, Darfur reference never come in those cases, why every little thing in Bangladesh brings the Afghan/Darfur reminder? When terrorism stikes them, they become victims, when the terrorists attack us, we become Sudan-Afghan! Hah!!!!
During a hartal, leaving one’s house is forbidden, and anyone traveling on the roads runs the risk of being killed. It is impossible to go to work, to school, or even to the hospital.
She needed to do a better investigation before making this report.
To most of us, Bangladesh seems like a remote mess—poor and devoid of natural resources. The country has been plagued by sectarian violence since its independence, but the nature of that violence is changing, and we ignore the rise of militant Islam there at our own peril. The jihadists will continue to do their best to make our civil intervention look dangerous and impractical. Our disinterest is their most effective weapon.
What Bangladeshis want, he said, is continued international pressure on the BNP to distance itself from the militancy.
Griswold is partly correct; Partly very wrong.
While quite a significant portion of Ms Griswold’s article is correct, she is gravely mistaken in her assessment of Bangladesh to be a future Afghanistan or Darfur.
Yes, religious persecution is there, but they are limited to a handful of small rural communities. Not as violent as systematic as widespread as it is in Gujrat or other parts of India. They are by no means govt sponsored. Govt ineptitude may be a factor.
The religious militancy that has grown in Bangladesh over the last several years, are limited to an extreme minority of madrassa trained mullahs. Events in the aftermath of the suicide bombings clearly show how deep is the anti militancy feeling in Bangladesh. Almost every religious institution, preacher proactively came forward against this sort of violence.
Bangladesh has outperformed even many developed countries in women’s empowerment. Starting from micro credit dependent rural small businesses to the top leadership of the country, women are very well represented.
Bangladesh has steady and very resilient growth in GDP over the last decade.
Bangladesh has a fiercely free media, majority of which is anti government.
Bangladesh has a very vigorous and loud opposition.
And most importantly Bangladesh has a democracy which at least ensures a smooth transition of power. Over the last fifteen years, all three governments came to power purely on people’s verdict.
Ms Griswold, despite you are correct in your depiction of Bangladesh brand of Islam, sociopolitical setup in Bangladesh, you painted a much exaggerated grim picture of Bangladesh. This is unfair.