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Political stability in Bangladesh is essential for continuous prosperity

Bangladesh, a country of over 160 million people, has made tremendous progress in the past decade under the leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. Since coming to power in 2009, Sheikh Hasina has implemented a wide range of policies and initiatives aimed at promoting economic development, improving infrastructure, and strengthening the country’s social safety net. As Bangladesh prepares for its next general election in 2024, it is important to reflect on the many achievements of Sheikh Hasina’s government and why her continued leadership is essential for the country’s prosperity and regional security.

One of the key achievements of Sheikh Hasina’s government has been its focus on economic development. Since coming to power, her government has implemented a number of measures aimed at boosting economic growth and reducing poverty. These include investments in infrastructure, such as the construction of new highways and bridges, as well as initiatives aimed at promoting entrepreneurship and innovation. As a result, Bangladesh’s economy has grown at an impressive rate, with GDP increasing by an average of 6 percent per year over the past decade.

Sheikh Hasina’s government has also prioritized social welfare programs aimed at improving the lives of Bangladesh’s most vulnerable citizens. These include initiatives such as the “Digital Bangladesh” campaign, which aims to bring internet connectivity and digital services to all parts of the country, as well as programs aimed at improving healthcare and education outcomes. The government has also implemented a number of measures aimed at improving the status of women and girls, such as the introduction of legislation aimed at combating violence against women and increasing access to education for girls.

In addition to its domestic achievements, Sheikh Hasina’s government has also played an important role in promoting regional security and stability.

Bangladesh has been at the forefront of efforts to combat terrorism and extremism in the region, and has worked closely with neighboring countries to promote peace and security. The country has also taken a leadership role in responding to the Rohingya refugee crisis, which has seen hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees flee persecution in neighboring Myanmar. Sheikh Hasina’s government has been widely praised for its humanitarian response to the crisis, providing shelter, food, and medical care to those in need.

Despite these impressive achievements, Sheikh Hasina’s government is facing challenges from opposition parties who are trying to return to power with the help of Western governments. The Bangladesh Nationalist Party and Jamaat-e-Islami have been accused of promoting extremism and violence, and their return to power could jeopardize the progress that has been made in recent years. Sheikh Hasina’s government has been working hard to address these concerns, but there is still more work to be done in order to ensure that the country remains on a path of growth and development.

As Bangladesh prepares for its next general election in 2024, it is clear that the country requires the continued leadership of Sheikh Hasina. Her government has made tremendous progress in promoting economic development, improving social welfare, and promoting regional security, and her vision for the future of Bangladesh is one of continued growth and prosperity. While there are certainly challenges ahead, Sheikh Hasina’s leadership has shown that with determination, hard work, and a commitment to progress, Bangladesh can continue to thrive and prosper in the years ahead.

Sheikh Hasina, the Prime Minister of Bangladesh, has been a strong advocate for combating religious extremism and militancy in the country. Since coming to power in 2009, she has implemented a range of measures aimed at promoting tolerance, preventing radicalization, and combating terrorism.

One of the key ways in which Sheikh Hasina’s government has addressed religious extremism is through the promotion of interfaith dialogue and understanding. The Prime Minister has repeatedly emphasized the need for people of different faiths to work together in order to promote peace and tolerance. Her government has organized numerous events and initiatives aimed at promoting interfaith dialogue, including the “National Harmony Day” program, which seeks to promote understanding and cooperation between different religious groups.

In addition to promoting interfaith dialogue, Sheikh Hasina’s government has also taken a number of steps to prevent radicalization and combat extremism. These include the establishment of a special police unit dedicated to countering terrorism and extremism, as well as the introduction of legislation aimed at preventing the spread of extremist ideologies. The government has also worked to promote a moderate interpretation of Islam, with Sheikh Hasina emphasizing the need for an Islam that is tolerant, inclusive, and compassionate.

Perhaps most notably, Sheikh Hasina’s government has taken strong action against militant groups operating in the country. Over the past decade, her government has successfully dismantled a number of militant groups, including Jama’atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB), which was responsible for a series of deadly attacks in the country in the mid-2000s. In recent years, her government has also launched a crackdown on the Rohingya Solidarity Organization (RSO), which has been accused of carrying out attacks in the border areas between Bangladesh and Myanmar.

The government’s actions against militant groups have been widely praised by the international community. In 2019, for example, the US State Department recognized Bangladesh for its “significant counterterrorism and countering violent extremism progress”, citing the country’s success in disrupting terrorist plots and dismantling extremist networks.

Despite these successes, however, there is still more work to be done in order to fully address the issue of religious extremism and militancy in Bangladesh. The country continues to face threats from a number of different groups, and the government’s efforts to combat extremism have at times been criticized for being too heavy-handed.

Looking ahead to the 2024 general elections, Sheikh Hasina’s government will need to continue to prioritize efforts to combat religious extremism and militancy in order to ensure the country’s long-term security and stability. The Prime Minister has demonstrated her commitment to these issues, and her government’s successes in this area have been a major factor in the country’s continued progress and development. With a continued focus on promoting interfaith dialogue, preventing radicalization, and taking strong action against militant groups, Sheikh Hasina’s government can help to ensure that Bangladesh remains a beacon of peace, tolerance, and stability in the region.

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An internationally acclaimed multi-award-winning anti-militancy journalist, writer, research-scholar, counterterrorism specialist and editor of Blitz.. He regularly writes for local and international newspapers on diversified topics, including politics and counterterrorism. Follow him on Twitter @Salah_Shoaib


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