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  • The BDR Mutiny: Mystery Remains but Democracy Emerges Stronger

    The mutiny in para-military force, Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) took place only two months after the restoration of democracy in Bangladesh. This mutiny nearly upstaged the newly installed Shaikh Hasina government. In the aftermath of mutiny both the army and the civilian governments launched investigations to find the causes and motives behind the mutiny, however, what provoked mutiny still remains a mystery. This paper discusses the mutiny in the Bangladesh Rifles and argues that whatever may have been the reasons behind the mutiny it has only made democracy in Bangladesh emerge stronger.

    October 2009

    Changing Nature of Insurgency in Northeast and Role of Bangladesh

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    July 24, 2009
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    Jamaat and its Agenda of Islamic State in Bangladesh

    The rise and growth of Islamist political parties in Bangladesh has been a cause of concern as these parties have the establishment of an Islamic state as their ultimate objective. Though some of these parties, especially the Jamaat-e-Islami Bangladesh, have tried to project themselves as 'moderate forces' and have participated in democratic elections, this article argues that the Jamaat is not a moderate force and has as its ultimate objective the establishment of an Islamic state, which does not go together with democracy.

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    Brief on India’s Neighbourhood

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    Ascendancy of the Religious Right in Bangladesh Politics: A Study of Jamaat Islami

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    March 2009

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    March 16, 2009

    Army officers blame Sheikh Hasina for murder of over 70 officers in BDR mutiny; Home Ministry comes out with a report on militant outfits; Malaysia revokes the work visas of thousands of Bangladeshis;

    March 2009

    Angry Bangladeshi army officers blamed Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina for the murder of over 70 officers by mutineering BDR guards.1 The government on its part indicated that investigators had uncovered a link between the mutineers and a militant group responsible for a series of bombings. Commerce Minister Farukh Khan stated that some of the guards arrested had links to the Jumatul Mujahedeen Bangladesh (JMB).

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    Consequences of the BDR Mutiny

    The mutiny by the troops of Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) on 26 February 26 was extraordinarily brutal. The mutiny toll was about 81 with 72 still missing. Many of these were officers of the Bangladesh army. Three mass graves were discovered. Many bodies were thrown into the sewer pipelines. Many of those killed were stripped, mutilated, bayoneted and shot. The Director General of the BDR, Major General Shakil Ahmed was killed in cold blood. Even his wife was not spared. Her dead body was discovered in one of the mass graves.

    March 09, 2009

    Complicity of State Actors in Chittagong Arms Haul Case Revealed

    India’s position stands vindicated. It had for long maintained that not only have insurgents from the north east found safe havens in Bangladeshi soil but that they have enjoyed the backing of the Bangladeshi state as well. These allegations have now been proven with the confessional statement of Md. Hafizur Rahman and Din Mohammad, the two accused in the Chittagong arms haul case. This was the largest arms haul in Bangladesh, which had taken place on April 2, 2004 in the Chittagong area.

    March 09, 2009