Dead people, especially if they happen to be political leaders, assume a stature larger than life in many ‘third world’ countries. Politicians in Bangladesh, however, have turned the worship of dead leaders into a religious cult.
Far from closing the book on acrimonious debate to move forward, the ruling Awami League party in Bangladesh insists on opening old wounds.
Seldom is the political history of a country so closely interwoven with the building a bridge as it is in Bangladesh, a country of 120 million people perched above the stormy Bay of Bengal.
Last month, Shaikh Hasina Wajed, leader of the Awami League, was sworn in as the prime minister of Bangladesh, thus ending 21 years in the political wilderness.