Sunday, April 03, 2005

BANGLADESH: Political Terrorism And Attacks On Socio-Cultural Organisations

Much of the blame for allowing this situation to get out of hand can be laid at the feet of both the government and the opposition. Repeated statements from government quarters, including the minister of state for home affairs, that such elements are a figment of media imagination and do not exist, is not conducive to what we know. Worse still when we know that institutional dysfunction invites military, political and religious zealots to take over, warnings by the media of the existence of fundamentalist organizations should not have been ignored. That the government’s law enforcing agencies have now launched a countrywide police-drive and arrested as many as many as 50 alleged extremists including a professor of Arabic at Rajshahi University serves to lend substance to this view......More