After 30 years of autocracy’s demise, democracy still remains a distant dream

To the question, “how democracy is faring in Bangladesh”, a ruling party’s answer has always been “we are a global example” and that of the opposition “we are the pits”. Since we have had the same ruling party in power for the last 12 years at a stretch, the narrative of democracy’s success has been unrelenting, and whatever little voice the real opposition has been allowed, “we are the pits” story continues.

But what say “WE, the PEOPLE”? Well, to the extent we are allowed to or safely can.

One method of gauging democracy’s health would be to look at the institutions that embody it in a country like Bangladesh: the judiciary, the legislative and the executive branches of the state.

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