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BANGLADESH- Betrayal of Civilian Politics

 BANGLADESH Betrayal of Civilian Politics T V Sathyamurthy WITH the referendum of last March and the announcement of the elections in May 1985 of 460 upazilla councils1 as a prelude to the process of 'civilianisation' of military rule, the stage has been set for yet another repetition of what is by now a familiar pattern of events in Bangladeshi politics. Since the original coup of 1975 which brought Bangladesh's infant parliamentary democracy to an abrupt end, there has been no real return to civilian politics as they are normally understood. The course of Bangladesh politics, over the last decade, seems to have jelled in the form of a cycle in which a coup is followed by a series of invariably violent readjustments within the armed forces involving different groups contending for power, the emergence of a single leader whose capture of the executive power of the state leads to the esablishment of a base for the regime in the form of a new political party, the eventual alienation of the armed forces from the Head of State thus 'civi- lanised' which paves the way for another major coup aimed at a reassertion of the dominance of the military.

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