Return from the Precipice: Bangladesh’s Fight Against Terrorism

Kumar, Anand



The book starts by discussing revival of Islam-based politics in Bangladesh. This increased emphasis on Islam coupled with certain social processes and external financial and ideological support led to emergence of political Islam in Bangladesh represented by the Jamaat-e-Islami (Jamaat). This so called ‘moderate Islamic party’ which is the visible face of political Islam in Bangladesh is the subject of discussion in the third chapter. Along with the Jamaat there are also certain groups in Bangladesh who share the objective of the creation of an Islamic state with Jamaat but are unwilling to wait until society is fully Islamised and have no inhibitions against the use of violence. These Islamist militants and their acts of terror are discussed in the fourth chapter. India’s Northeast has been affected by insurgency since India’s independence from British rule. For a long time it was suspected that these insurgents were enjoying safe havens in Bangladesh. Various facets of the Northeastern insurgency are discussed in the fifth chapter. The next chapter discusses the financing of Islamist militancy and Northeast insurgency as it is generally believed that this phenomenon cannot survive for long in the absence of regular funding. The seventh chapter discusses, the policy followed by various regimes towards Islamist militants and Indian insurgents. It also discusses the crackdown on terrorists undertaken by the present Sheikh Hasina regime. The book ends by discussing the reasons for the success of the present Sheikh Hasina government in taking actions against terror groups and its likely impact on counter-terrorism in South Asia especially Bangladesh.
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