Special Report

Recent Khulna CC Mayor Election: An Analysis

On 15 May 2018, voters of Khulna City Corporation area went to polls to elect their mayor for the next 5 years. The next day the official results showed that the Awami League candidate Talukder Abdul Khaleque won big securing 174,851 votes, trailed by his rival from the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) Nazrul Islam Monju who won 109,251 votes....

BNP-Jamaat’s Deadly Brand of “Terror Politics” in Bangladesh

In the last decade or so, Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) along with it extremist allies Jamaat E Islami and its student wing, Islami Chhatra Shibir, have developed a brand of politics characterized predominantly by extremely violent street protests targeting civilians and law enforcement officials, intermittent and targeted pogroms on religi...

Corruption of Zia Family and Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP)

The period 2001-06 is considered as one of the darkest chapters in the history of Bangladesh during which period large-scale corruption flourished with direct patronage from the highest level of the kleptocratic 4-Party Alliance Government led by Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP). During the reign of the then Prime Minister Khaleda Zia, the cor...

BNP’s Proposed Vision 2030: Lacking Innovation, Clarity, Sincerity and Information

  On 10 May 2017, Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) unveiled its so-called ‘Vision 2030’ as a roadmap of how they will govern the country if they are elected to power in the next national elections. As will be visible from the following discussion, while some of the proposals in the document are well meant especially given th...

Indo-Bangla Relations: Energy, Trade and Counter Terrorism

This report is the third and final part of the special report series on Bangladesh-India relations till date. This part focuses on the cooperation between the two neighbors in the areas of power and energy, fighting terrorism and bilateral trade and investment. Power and Energy Electricity Import from India: The last eight years has seen ...