The topic for this week’s Hello Wshington is Upcoming Elections in Bangladesh & the Present Situation in
Callers asked interesting questions
about whether free and fair election can be possible in Bangladesh, whether
those polititians who are now free on bail after they were arrested during the
anti-corruption drive will run for office etcetera?
Our guests were Dr.
Mizanur Rahman Shelley, Advocate Sultana Kamal, and Dr. Rounaq Jahan.
Mizanur Rahman Shelley, formerly served in the Civil Service of Pakistan and worked as the
Director in the Department of Social Welfare Government of Bangladesh.
thinker, litterateur, writer and social scientist Dr. Shelley is the founder
Chairman of Centre for Development Research, Bangladesh (CDR-B), Overseas
Director, American Institute of Bangladesh Studies (AIBS) and Editor of
quarterly “Asian Affairs”.
Sultana Kamal is a former advisor to the caretaker government and Executive
Director of Ain o Shalish Kendra.
Ain o Salish Kendro
(ASK), is a legal aid and human rights resource centre. It provides free legal
aid to the poor- women, workers and child workers.
coordinates the Women and Law Program for Women Living Under Muslim Laws, and
is a member of Mahila Parishad, a Bangladesh women lawyers' organization.
Dr. Rounaq Jahan joined the faculty of Columbia
University in 1990 as a senior research scholar at the Southern Asian Institute
and as an adjunct professor of international affairs, School of International
and Public Affairs.
Professor Jahan's research is concentrated on gender and
development, governance, health, and politics of Bangladesh.
She is also the
author of numerous books and articles and has edited books and academic
Masuma Khatun hosted the show.