Bangladesh Divided: Political and Literary Reflections on a Corrupt Police and Prison State examines the totalitarian police regime of Bangladesh, responsible (since 2009) for hundreds and thousands of victims who have disappeared, been killed, and/or been imprisoned. This book is a contribution toward the need for autocratic Awami power to be openly examined and challenged. Bangladesh Divided calls for peace, tolerance, compromise, social justice, rule of law, and democratically free and fair elections with a level playing field for all concerned, especially the major political parties. This book will interest students and scholars of Bangladesh studies, as well as those specializing in South Asian (regional) studies all around the world.
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Q M Jalal Khan earned his MA from American University through the Fulbright program and his PhD from New York University. Khan has taught English in Malaysia and the Middle East. In addition to numerous articles, Khan has published four books-two on literary criticism and two on the Hasina regime in Bangladesh-including Bangladesh: Political and Literary Reflections on a Divided Country (Peter Lang, 2018).
Acknowledgements - Foreword - A Sour and Bitter Taste of Bangladesh Under Sheikh Hasina: Extracts/Excerpts From the International Media - Part A. The Main Text - Preface and Introduction - Bangladesh Dented, Demoted, and Demented Under Sheikh Hasina's Digital Carnival of Corruption and Ruthless Repression - Sheikh Hasina's Fascist Accumulation of Power and Control Through Her Police Force and Her Machiavellian Malarkey - Sheikh Hasina's Terror Police (Police League?) and the Brutal Repression of the BNP, the Largest Political Party of Bangladesh - Sheikh Hasina's Egotistical and Egregious Personalization of Democracy and Her Steamroller Suppression of the People's Choices and Voices - Sheikh Hasina's Dirty Policy of Divide and Rule, Sabotage, and Subversion: An Impediment to Peace, Freedom, and Unity - Forty-Eight Questions for the Fantastically Fascistic Sheikh Hasina - Top-Notch Treatment of the Top Court in Bangladesh: Sheikh Hasina's Convenient Redefinition of Contempt of Court - Strong Election Commission (EC) but Stronger Neutral Care-Taker Government (CTG) - Unwanted Indian Interference in the Politics, Economy, and Culture of Bangladesh - Muslim Rohingyas and the Buddhist Myanmar: Is Sheikh Hasina of Bangladesh Hopelessly Abandoned by Her Too Friendly, Yet More Unfriendly Master Neighbor India? - On Those Bumps and Blunders and Bloopers by the Opposition BNP - Miracles? Only Plus (+) Hasina the Horrible? Only Minus (-) Khaleda the Admirable? - Conclusion and Postscript - Part B. Five Political Poems on the Divided and Authoritarian Awami Bangladesh - Beauty of Bangladesh: The Obverse - Bangladesh: As Split as Us and They - No Matter What, Let's Go Digital - The Awami Principles Versified - Beauty of Bangladesh: The Reverse - Part C. Two Short Chapters on Academic and Cultural Divide in Bangladesh - Master's Degree Holding Teaching Faculty and the Higher Education in Bangladesh - Standard/¿¿¿¿¿¿ ¿¿ ¿¿¿¿¿¿¿ Bangla and Mixed/¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿ ¿¿ ¿¿¿¿¿ Bangla: In Favor of the Latter - Part D. Pieces on Donald Trump: Lessons and Implications for Bangladesh - Hazlitt's "The Indian Jugglers" and Donald Trump's Visit to Riyadh: A Successful Circus? - A Pre-Election Who Said What Account of Donald Trump: Lessons and Implications for Bangladesh - On Certain Aspects of Barack Obama, Vladimir Putin, and Donald Trump - A Portrait of Donald Trump: Concordances With the Characters in Bernard Shaw's Pygmalion (1913) - Barack Obama's Last Presidential Looks at Michelle: Shakespearean, Da Vincian, and Wordsworthian Elements? - Part E. Five Political Poems of International Interest - On Barack Obama's Second Inauguration (20 January 2013) - Poetry, Critical Theory, and the Princess - Bosnia and Herzegovina, August 1995 - CNN Footage of a Kosovar Mass Grave (1995/1996) - Happy New Year (2009) to Israel - Part F. Appendices - Appendix A: Displacement/Replacement of Islamic Religion in Bangladesh - Appendix B: Alleged Conspiracies Behind the (25 February 2009) Pilkhana BDR Massacre - Appendix C: 15 August: Know the Facts, Not Fiction by Abu Obaid Chowdhury (Ranu Chowdhury) USA - Appendix D: Hasina's Zia Phobia by Abu Obaid Chowdhury (Ranu Chowdhury) USA - Appendix E: Unforgettable Zia That I Knew: A Flashback by Abu Obaid Chowdhury (Ranu Chowdhury) - Appendix F: Three Summaries of How the 3-7 November 1975 Events Unfolded - Appendix G: ¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿ ¿¿¿ ¿¿¿¿¿ ¿¿¿¿¿¿¿ ¿¿¿¿¿ ¿¿¿¿ ¿¿¿¿¿¿ ¿¿¿ ¿¿¿ ¿¿¿¿ ¿¿¿¿¿¿¿ ¿ ¿ ¿ ¿¿¿¿¿ ¿¿¿¿¿ (¿¿.) - Appendix H: A Declaration of Independence Article - Appendix I: ¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿ ¿¿¿¿¿ ¿¿¿¿ ¿¿¿¿ ¿¿¿¿ ¿¿¿¿¿¿ ¿¿¿¿ ¿¿¿¿¿¿ - Appendix J: Selected Independence-Related Political and Historical Works on Bangladesh - Appendix K: Links to a Few Media Reports of Endless Awami Vote Rigging on 30 December 2018.
"This book, along with the author's last volume of a similar title, has splendidly exposed the state of anarchy, brutality, and corruption in the totally unaccountable autocracy of Sheikh Hasina during one of the most eventful periods in the history of Bangladesh, 2009-2018. Q M Jalal Khan has painstakingly narrated as to how and why Bangladesh has turned into a one-party dictatorship in the garb of democracy. The two works are simply an eye-opener for those who want accountable and representative governance not just in Bangladesh but everywhere in the world. This is a must-read for politicians, scholars, analysts, and human-rights activists, within and beyond Bangladesh."
-Taj Hashmi, formerly of Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies in Hawaii, University of British Columbia, and National University of Singapore "This book is an invaluable contribution on the studies of politics and political developments in Bangladesh, especially during Sheikh Hasina's authoritarian regime since 2009. The country's significant economic progress, however lopsided and corruption-ridden that may be, has been overshadowed by the assault on democratic governance for a highly authoritarian system. Ruthless suppression of political and media dissent using the arbitrary mass detention, torture, incarceration, enforced disappearances, wholesale rigging of elections, and unbridled corruption in the legal, administrative, and policing system have raised serious questions about the character, motives, and agenda of the Hasina regime. Constitutional amendments for political manipulation and power politics have made a mockery of any semblance to democratic rule. The country is divided into two mutually hostile camps, with serious repercussions for its future. Q M Jalal Khan's previously published book, Bangladesh: Political and Literary Reflections on a Divided Country, earned wide acclaim among all those who are interested in Bangladesh affairs. The present volume covers additional, more recent aspects on the subject made up-to-date as of the end of September 2018. Most scholarly studies on South Asian affairs are dominated by topics on India and Pakistan with very little attention to Bangladesh. Khan's informative and analytical contributions add to the store of research-based studies on the contemporary history of Bangladesh and hopefully will be a very important ingredient for future studies."
-Khalifa Mohammad Abdul Malik, former Professor of Chemistry at the University of Dhaka and Cardiff University and author of political publications on Bangladesh "Timely, poignant, and comprehensive, Bangladesh Divided is a stark reminder of the deadly political and social crises facing Bangladesh today. It's fair, compelling, and heartbreaking."
-Md Saidul Islam, Visiting Scholar at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Associate Professor of Sociology at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore "As the titles suggest-this one and the earlier Bangladesh: Political and Literary Reflections on a Divided Country-the two books by Q M Jalal Khan are unique publications devoted to detailing and documenting the political and economic terrorism of the Hasina regime and its tearing and trampling down of human rights, social justice, rule of law, electoral politics, and, above all, the popular democratic opposition of the country, the BNP. The two books provide an unadulterated and unmediated view of the fascist regime and its completely destructive and subversive policies implemented with the help of its brutal and beastly police along with its other state tools-executive and judiciary-taking the country down the dark and dangerous tunnel with no end in sight except a continuation of the regime's cold-blooded murders, cruel killings and kidnappings, and its barbaric remands and imprisonments, ending, maybe, in a liberating bloodbath. Both volumes are no doubt a fascinating read and resource for those interested in knowing about the bloody perpetrators in the court, police, and civil administration, all led by their autocratic and despotic leader Hasina, whose terrible police repression of the opposition BNP knows no bounds."
-Mina Farah, political writer and columnist
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