Tea politics and clientelism

December 23, 2017 - 8:19 pm | Event | Knowledge | Latest | Op-ED/Interview

Tea, the most popular aromatic beverage in Bangladesh, is clichéd as a warming incentive to motivate the soft soul of folk voters in local elections. Interestingly, almost in every vote campaign station nothing but tea will do. Even when candidates meet the crowd, often at a tea-stall, known as ‘village parliament’, a cup of tea […]

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BCS: Merit versus quota

- 8:13 pm | Event | Knowledge | Op-ED/Interview

The Bangladesh Civil Service (BCS) recruitment process is facing critical debate over merit versus quota. Gradually, the meritocratic recruitment process is losing ground to non-merit based recruitment. Indeed, the civil service is the supreme state apparatus that is the key to government success. It deals with government policy formulation and pol

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Freedom House Report: Bangladesh is partly free

June 4, 2017 - 8:20 am | Event | Publication | Report

Bangladesh is an electoral democracy, though the opposition boycotted the 2014 elections, ensuring the dominance of the ruling Awami League. Official harassment of the political opposition, as well as of critical media and civil society voices, is on the rise. Security forces carry out a range of human right abuses, including extrajudicial executio

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Bangladesh in “Freedom in the World 2016” report

May 12, 2017 - 3:29 pm | Event | Publication | Report

Bangladesh received a downward trend arrow due to a series of high-profile murders by Islamist militants, increasing restrictions on critical journalists, and censorship of media content. Bangladesh continued to experience political and social unrest in 2015 as the ruling Awami League (AL) consolidated power, resisted calls for fresh elections, and

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