Faith, dissent and extremism: how Bangladesh is struggling to stay secular

Students gathered in 2013 to show their support for the Shahbag movement for freedom and democracy in Bangladesh. ShuvroSS, CC BY-SA

Samia Huq (TC) : The recent violent attacks on a Hindu temple in Bangladesh’s Netrokona district, and previous assaults on temples and homes in October in Brahmanbaria are a troubling illustration of Bangladesh’s struggle to protect two of its fundamental values: secularism and pluralism. Students gathered in 2013 to show their support for the Shahbag More...

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