This volume consists of 26 columns published in various leading dailies between the years 2004 and 2006. The need for publication of the columns was felt because of the almost unending debate on religion-based militancy. The major political parties did not fail to have polarised views on the issue based on politics of denial and politics of confrontation. The media and the civil society, on the other hand, contributed to a more informed understanding of the much-debated subject of terrorism. Not withstanding this substantive contribution, the debate is still on even after the arrests of two top leaders of JMB.
The collection of columns seeks to provide an analytical and evaluative account of the facts and circumstances that led to the public debate during the last two years or so. Selected columns arranged in a chronological and coherent form provide important information and data that are likely to help the readers in forming their own judgement on the subject. The dispassionate analyses present not only the how and why but also what should be the future direction from the perspective of governance.
A. M. M. Shawkat Ali joined the former Civil Service of Pakistan in 1966 and served in many important positions in the government of Pakistan and Bangladesh. He retired from service as Secretary 2001. He is now engaged in private sector research and consultancy and contributing columns to major English and Bangla dailies, besides working as Adjunct Professor in East West University, and Civil Service College, Dhaka.