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TITLE THE DEMOCRACY PROJECT IN BANGLADESH
HEADLINE The Awami League government's success in turning around the economy and health care must not be overlooked
THE DEMOCRACY PROJECT IN BANGLADESH Bangladesh, Lebanon, Mozambique, Nicaragua and Uganda are the "new autocracies, according to Germany's Bertelsmann Foundation. In its "Transformation Index 2018 (BTI)", it has rated 58 out of 129 developing nations as autocracies. On Bangladesh, the report says, "Due to the worsened quality of elections, the formerly fifth largest democracy is classifed as an autocracy again.
THE DEMOCRACY PROJECT IN BANGLADESH These developments are worrying for citizens because corruption, social exclusion and barriers to fair economic competition continue to be more prevalent in autocracies. Expectedly, in Bangladesh, while the ruling Awami League Party has rejected the study as baseless and claimed the country to be a "100 percent democracy, the main opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), has said the report reflects the true nature of Bangladesh's current political climate.
THE DEMOCRACY PROJECT IN 6 BANGLADESH A project manager for the BTI at the Bertelsmann Foundation claims the report is balanced as it has flagged "positive developments" in the economic realm in terms of economic output, macroeconomic stability market-based competition and private enterprise and also "negative developments" in the political realm such as free and fair elections, the separation of powers and the independence of the judiciary 0 0
THE DEMOCRACY PROJECT IN BANGLADESH The military-backed caretaker tried to finish the political career of Bangladesh's two top politicians, Sheikh Hasina and Khaleda Zia with a 'minus two agenda', as if the conflict in Bangladesh was about a personal ego clash between the two women.
AWAMI RULE The last eight years of Awami League rule have proved these self-proclaimed pundits wrang Bangladesh has achieved phenomenal economic growth and inclusive social and human development in areas such as gender empowerment and public health care. India has a huge stake in having a friendly regime in Dhaka for strategic and economic reasons Our democracies in Asia have many limitations but there is no reason to let the West use that to misrepresent or subvert these national sovereignties.
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