Bangladesh’s crisis of identity

Jihadists are exploiting deep-rooted divisions within the country

By Salil Tripathi  
Bangladesh's Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina offers her tribute to the victims of the attack on Holey Artisan Bakery, at a stadium in Dhaka, Bangladesh © AP/Press Association Images

Bangladesh's Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina offers her tribute to the victims of the attack on Holey Artisan Bakery, at a stadium in Dhaka, Bangladesh © AP/Press Association Images

In early June, Bangladeshi police arrested more than 11,000 people it described as fundamentalist Muslims bent on destabilising the South Asian country. The arrests were a response to rising extremism, which has become…

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