ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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BANGLADESH-Crisis of Ideology and Nationhood

Crisis of Ideology and Nationhood T V Sathyamurthy AS Bangladesh approaches the eleventh anniversary of national independence, its economy is in the grip of a deepening crisis and its political system is in a state of acute fragmentation. Two important aspects of the general political and economic situation currently prevailing in Bangladesh strike even a casual observer as central to Bangladeshis present predicament. First, despite a strict ban on open politics imposed by the military rulers, there are distinct rumblings of a political nature not far beneath the surface. At the same time, the economy and the day-today administration show visible signs of deterioration as a vast majority of people is struggling to survive under conditions of acute distress everywhere in the country and near famine conditions is certain areas (e g, Dinajpur and Rangpur districts). The recent state visit to India of General Ershad, the Chief Martial Law Administrator, must be seen in the context of an intensification of such a multiple crisis throughout the country.

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