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Islam and Politics
28 Jan 2012, NewAgeIslam.Com
Bangladeshi politics: Failed Coup

By Ajit Kumar Singh

23 January, 2012

The radicalization process has been rooted in Bangladeshi politics since the bloody coup of August 15, 1975, which killed the country's founding father, Prime Minister Sheikh Mujibur Rahman (Sheikh Hasina's father). The coup leaders used Islam as an instrument to legitimize and secure their power. Succeeding regimes have collaborated with radical and fundamentalist Islamic political organizations. Indeed, the principal political parties, in their efforts to oust the military from power, maintained tactical relationships with fundamentalist political organizations, giving them unbridled power, which radicalised society and the polity to the core. The AL was guilty of such alliances in the past, though, in its current tenure, it has acted with determination and consistency against Islamist extremist elements in the country. -- Ajit Kumar Singh

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