Asheque Haque

Asheque Haque is a political and security researcher. His interests include societal change, identity politics, global security, and violent extremism.

Asheque Haque

Shuddhashar has a role to play in the global revival of critical thinking

I put high hopes in Shuddhashar. Not only because it has given me a platform to write, to discuss issues that I think are needed to be out there, to think critically and analyze our surroundings and realities, but also because it has given that chance to many others, without the restrictions of geographic borders, …

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Violence against the LGBTQ community: Understanding the magnitude and vulnerabilities

LGBTQ individuals are more vulnerable to threats and exposed to violence. They do not have the many common protective mechanisms that most other individuals enjoy around them, the first of which is family.   From the outset, it seems like open season on the LGBTQ community. Across the globe, people are being killed, tortured, harassed, …

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Can Bangladesh cope with the loss of ‘knowledge-guardians’ in the post-Covid-19 world?

Covid-19 has hit Bangladesh hard. With more than two hundred thousand reported cases of infection according to the government sources and 2600 deaths at the time of this writing, becoming among the top twenty countries with the most reported infections. Bangladeshi mainstream media and citizen journalists have also reported over the last few months of …

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Role of ‘the Female’ in Terrorism and Counter-Terrorism in Bangladesh

When discussing or analyzing terrorism in Bangladesh, the narrative usually revolves around the “violent Islamist male” while females are overlooked. Inequality of the genders has long been institutionalized in various aspects of life. Even in crime, women are considered less capable than men. For a long time, it was thought that a woman has very …

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Bangladesh is hardening its policies on the Rohingya refugees to fend off another refugee crisis from the North

While the issue of refugees has been a rather contentious one in Europe for the last few years, receiving continuous and widespread media coverage, far away in Bangladesh two refugee situations have become increasingly a source of tension in the past month or so. One of them is the already overblown Rohingya refugee crisis, which …

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Challenging Modern Authoritarianism Starts Much Closer than We Think

Challenging Modern Authoritarianism Starts Much Closer than We Think

On 14th of July, Ershad, as he is commonly known in Bangladesh, passed away at the age of 89. With the passing of this elderly man, many Bangladeshis expressed their sadness and eulogized Ershad with personal and sympathetic words. Indeed, in the last fifteen or twenty years of his life, Ershad had become the national …

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Is the Indian election

Is the Indian Election Only about the Billion People in India?

Indian election is massive, in all its manner. It is a massive practice in democracy, a massive logistical undertaking, a massive proposition of faith in election commission officials, a massive opportunity of power, and a massive gamble about the fate of a billion people. With all its massiveness either you are at awe at it, …

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The Rohingya crisis: A security point of view

 The world is witnessing a textbook example of ethnic cleansing – this verdict regarding the Rohingya persecution by Myanmar made by the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights has been echoed by many intergovernmental and international organizations, and reported and repeated by the world’s media. Half a million of the Rohingya population, the natural …

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