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Adil Khan’s new book

Adil Khan, with a lengthy international background as a specialist in country development, has produced a handy guide to Bangladesh’s political history, which he has divided into seven periods, ranging from 1972 and Sheikh Mujibur Rahman’s rule and demise to 2022 and the current rule of Mujib’ daughter, Sheikh Hasina Wazed.

Author: M. Adil Khan
Publisher: South Asia Journal
Pages: 185
ISBN: 978-0-9995649-2-9
Price: Hardcover US$ 28.00 BDT: 750
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Khan goes on to divide the rest of Bangladesh’s political history this way:
  • Anarchy from August to December 1975;

  • A Great Reset, Ziaur Rahman’s rule from January 1976 to May 1981;

  • Development and Deceit, Ershad’s rule from 1982 to 1990;

  • Return of parliamentary democracy, as Begum Khaleda Zia and Sheikh Hasina alternate terms from 1991 to 2007;

  • Army-backed caretaker government 2007 to December 2008;

  • Sheikh Hasina ruled from 2009 to the present.

Khan devotes his final chapter to suggestions to set Bangladesh on a proper path. They include restoring democracy and the rule of law, controlling corruption, restoring decency in all spheres of life, rebuilding Bangladeshi nationhood, rationalizing the public sector financial management system, and promoting “a vibrant market economy.

Arnold Zeitlin
6 November 2023

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