Bangladesh: A Study of the Democratic Regimes is the author’s fifth book on the politics of Bangladesh. It essentially covers the period from 1991 to 2006, and focuses on a number of important issues including constitutional amendments and legislative reforms which have had considerable impact on the political process of the country. It encompasses with depth and precision all the developments in politics, economy, decentralization and politicization of administration that help in understanding the historical process of the concepts underscored here. Many of these changes are beneficial but some have become controversial and need a rethink in the contexts of the developing political culture.
The book’s other important and very informative parts include a discussion on the changes to the legal system and the growing politicization of the judiciary—a subject with which the author is most intimately associated and one which will have a long term impact for better or worse on the growth of all democratic institutions in the country. His views on the more contemporary issues such as the character of political parties is thoughtful and provides a fairly comprehensive narration of the defining political events during this period. He has adequately covered the ground by providing a front narration on the behaviors of political parties, the law and order situation including extra judicial killing, and questions pertaining to indemnity.
Moudud Ahmed remains a critical political analyst in all situations—both while in government or in the opposition. He has reconstructed a remarkably well-researched account of over the last 20 years. Despite the expanse of the canvas on which he worked, nothing of significance escaped his notice.
Moudud Ahmed displays profound insight into the life of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and as a sequel to the author’s earlier book. Bangladesh: Constitutional Quest for Autonomy, this definitive work is a major addition to books on the political history of Bangladesh. The author’s work is particularly relevant to the actions and responses shown through its style of governance.
Barrister Ahmed has been Deputy Prime Minister (1976-78), Prime Minister (1986-89), and Vice-President of Bangladesh. He has his B.A. (Honours) and M.A. in Political Science from Dhaka University. He studied law in England and was called to the English Bar in 1966. He is a Fellow of Heidelberg University and also Harvard University.
He prepared the book, Bangladesh: Contemporary Events and Documents, published by