Why Bangladesh can’t?

In the just concluded election of Libya, the liberal and secular-leaning National Forces Alliance and its allies secured 98 per cent of votes. In Arab world, this is a spectacular achievement. Why Bangladesh can’t go one step further? Since Islam is in no danger in Bangladesh, it can go for true secular political and social dispensation. However, the issue is not so simple. The authoritarian and corrupt rule of Bangladesh by Bangabandhu led way for Zir-ur Rehman with rise of collaborators in Bangladeshi polity. With about 10 per cent of minority population, Bangladesh could have been an ideal secular country. Though AL and BNP claim to be sympathetic towards minorities, these two parties are under the influence of Islamic religious leaders. The Bangladeshi society also remains the play ground of those leaders. Bangladeshi youths must master courage to build a truly secular politics.

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