Many of the observers of Bangladesh knew that sooner or later, the secularists would be in a collision course with the ever growing Islamists. I think we are just seeing the initial confrontation between the two opposing forces. Bangladesh has so many fundamentalist political groups that one would be lost to correctly list them. One such group took the name "Hefazat-e-Islam." The southeastern part of Bangladesh where Chittagong is located is the stronghold of this tiny Islamist group. This group was relatively obscure in Bangladesh, but lately, the members of this group have drawn attention from various media inside Bangladesh for their incendiary remarks against bloggers and cyber writers. Many other Islamist forces now are joining the Hefazat group because their movement is gaining momentum.
I suspected it in recent days that Bangladesh government would try to muzzle the freethinkers who pen and post their views in various forums, blogosphere, social media etc. The reason is quite simple. The ruling Awami League would like to rule Bangladesh for another term and the party knows it that without the support of voters, who are Islamic minded folks, they cannot win this election.
Unmasking Jamaat's chief international propagandist
The restless and clear-headed thinking young generation of Dhaka took to the street to vociferously protest the judgment meted out by court against one of the Jamaati leaders by the name Abdul Quader Mollah who committed crime against humanity during 1971 freedom struggle. The young generation is not happy that the culprit was given a life sentence. They wanted to see the convict, A. Quader Mollah walk the gallows.
I have witnessed many a presidential election in the U.S. starting from Richard Nixon versus George McGovern in 1972 ending in Obama versus McCain in 2008 but never before have I seen an election which is about to be so closely contested. Another thing is also very different this time. The big money had entered the contest. Thanks to the U.S. Supreme Court which gave its approval to the U.S. companies to contribute as much they wished to any candidate. Thus, contributions are pouring in and this is helping the Republican candidate, Mitt Romney and his supporters to bombard the airwaves with negative ad against Obama to confuse the voters in tossup states such as Ohio, Florida, Iowa, Virginia, Wisconsin, Colorado, New Hampshire, and a few more states.
President Obama has finally delivered his address to the joint house of Congress on September 8, 2011 at sundown. The media here in America was abuzz for the last few days discussing whether Republicans in the minority chamber (House of Representatives) would pass Obama's Jobs Bill designed to spur the anemic economy in which virtually no jobs growth took place in August 2011. It is a worrisome issue for the president who will be up for reelection in November 2012.
"Violence is the last refuge of the incompetent" ‒ Isaac Asimov
The predicament of Grameen Bank does not bode well for Dr. Yunus
Tonight, I was viewing a PBS (Public Broadcasting Service, America) program entitled "Religion in America". Tonight's program was the last part in a three parts series program. I recommend this program highly to anyone who wants to know about the religiosity of Americans in the last 235 years.
Bangladesh High Court gets high mark for ruling on women's rights to reject the modesty veil when a man of power wants to exert his whim ordering his subordinate to sport a hijab or any kind of modesty veil. Don't we live in the dawn of the twenty first century? Some men in Bangladesh may think they live in medieval age if one judges the way they behave in public places. One such incident took place a year ago in Kurigram.