Country Risk Summary: BANGLADESH

January 2004
Asia Monitor: South Asia Monitor;Jan2004, Vol. 10 Issue 1, p6
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This article focuses on Islamic extremism in Bangladesh as of January 09, 2004. The country is 90% Muslim and could, in theory, witness a rising tide of Islamic extremism if the government does not continue to beat the drum of religious moderation. In November, at least 50 people were injured in clashes in Dhaka, when hundreds of radical Sunni Muslims attacked a mosque used by the minority Ahmadiyya Muslim community. Malnutrition and famine could become a reality in some parts of Bangladesh if the seasonal surge in joblessness leaves families with too little cash to pay for food. Land less farmers are often jobless between rice harvests, around 60mn people in Bangladesh are effectively landless and often go unemployed for six months a year between harvests. Bangladesh's energy sector is in danger of losing foreign investors for good if politicians refuse to agree to the export of natural gas to neighboring India.


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