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Dr Shapan Adnan Contrasts Bangladesh’s National Election with the Upazilla Election


Dr Shapan Adnan is the Associate Professor at the Department of South Asian Studies in the National University of Singapore.He has been involved in teaching Political Economy of South Asia (recently renamed South Asia: Poverty, Inequality, Power), Socio-economic Development in South Asia, and (3) Gender and Society in South Asia.

Among the graduate modules, he has so far contributed to designing and teaching the coursework on research methodology for M.A. and Ph.D. In addition, he has been supervising two Ph.D. students both of whom are currently involved in fieldwork – one looking at the nature and impact of capitalist development among traditional fishing communities in coastal Bangladesh, and another studying rural power relations in a village in the state of Uttar Pradesh in India.

In this exclusive interview with VOA Bangla Service Dr Shapan Adnan draws a contrast between the widely acclaimed parliament election in Bangladesh and the local upazilla election in the same country which saw political interference. Dr Adnan says that bring I changes in the political culture Bangladesh must follow the example of their own parliament election held o December 29 last year which has been considered as the most free and fair election. They should also shun any possibility of undermining democracy through bad political culture.

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