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.