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Rise of the Radicals: The Uncertain Political Space of India and Bangladesh

Rise of the Radicals: The Uncertain Political Space of India and Bangladesh

  Oscar Wilde in his masterpiece The Picture of Dorian Gray stated that, “nothing is more essential than being young and beautiful.” Unfortunately, today, the political space of India and Bangladesh is neither young nor it can be categorized as beautiful.  To better understand this argument, it is important to take into ...

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What is Global Warming Really Tells Us

What is Global Warming Really Tells Us

Bhola is a small island district in the south of Bangladesh situated softly on the edge of Bay of Bengal and home to nearly two million people. Few years ago on Al Jazeera, a documentary on climate change was aired which was titled, “Bhola: Ground Zero of Climate Change.” The ...

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To Speak or Not to Speak – That is the Question

To Speak or Not to Speak – That is the Question

If democracy is to be understood, as articulated by John Stuart Mill, as  the embodiment of “government by discussion,” then there is no doubt that recent initiative taken by the current Prime Minister of Bangladesh Sheikh Hasina to mitigate the prospects of one-sided election is a step in the right ...

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About the Author

Ashikur Rahman
Ashikur Rahman

Dr. Ashikur Rahman is a Senior Economist at the Policy Research Institute [PRI] of Bangladesh and Visiting Research Fellow at the Institute of Governance Studies [IGS]. Prior to this, he completed his PhD in Government {Political Economy} at the London School of Economics. Ashikur also has an MPA in Public and Economic Policy and BSc in Economics (Hons) from the LSE. He has been a consultant for a number of government bodies and other institutions, including the World Bank, UNDP and Japanese International Cooperation Agency [JICA].

His research interest is in the field of political economy, working extensively in areas such as development and governance with a key focus on the implications of political and economic shocks. At present, his work empirically examines the nature of concentration of political power and its role in shaping economic and political outcomes within the political arena of Bangladesh.

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