Radicalism in Bangladesh: Causes, Concerns and Consequences

  • Amit Ranjan Indian Council of World Affairs, New Delhi

Abstract

This research shows that the growing religious radicalism and militancy pose serious threat to the secular society and state in Bangladesh. The radical ideology and militancy cannot be weeded out by counter-violence means. In Bangladesh there is a need to move away from Bengali nationalism and give socio-political space to other minority ethnic groups also. The minority religious and sectarian groups have to be provided with secured secular space where they can live without fear. To check the growing radicalism in 2010, the AL government had ordered nearly 24,000 libraries attached to the mosques to remove books written by Syed Abul Ala Maududi, who is the founder of JI in prepartitioned India. The government said that his writings are against the peaceful ideology of Islam. Then in one of its ruling in 2010, the Supreme Court of Bangladesh recommended the omission of the word ‘Bismillah’ (in the name of God) from the preamble of constitution. Both these steps are way forward to make the state secular and save society from radicalisation process. The Bangladeshi state and civil society need to curtail the use of any form of violence against an individual or a group

Published
2018-10-07
How to Cite
Ranjan, A. (2018). Radicalism in Bangladesh: Causes, Concerns and Consequences. International Journal of Religious Studies, 5(2). Retrieved from http://fssh-journal.org/index.php/jrs/article/view/24