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Saqlain Rizve

Saqlain Rizve

Saqlain Rizve is a Bangladeshi journalist and photographer who covers politics and society from Dhaka for The Diplomat.

Posts by Saqlain Rizve
July 18, 2024

As Protests Erupt, a Rocky Start to Sheikh Hasina’s Fourth Consecutive Term

By Saqlain Rizve
A perfect storm of political and economic grievance has seen Bangladesh erupt in student-led protests.

July 17, 2024

Bangladesh’s Tough Tightrope Walk Between India and China

By Saqlain Rizve
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has completed bilateral visits to India and China. The one to Beijing disappointed Dhaka.
July 10, 2024

Bangladeshi University Students Protest Quota System Reforms

By Saqlain Rizve
The students argue that the quota system is discriminatory and hinders merit-based appointments in government jobs.

June 18, 2024

Myanmar’s Conflict Reaches the Doorstep of Bangladesh’s Saint Martin’s Island

By Saqlain Rizve
Boat transportation to the island has been suspended following gunfire from Myanmar, once again dragging Dhaka into its neighbor's civil war.

June 13, 2024

Will the Congress Party’s Strategy Against the BJP Work For the Bangladesh Nationalist Party?

By Saqlain Rizve
The BNP lacks leadership on the ground in Bangladesh and the political environment it faces is far more repressive than that in India.

June 06, 2024

Low Voter Turnout, Apathy Mar Bangladesh’s Local Elections

By Saqlain Rizve
A number of factors, including perceived electoral irregularities, a lack of genuine competition, and disenchantment with local governance, has eroded public trust in the electoral process.
May 22, 2024

US Sanctions Retired Bangladeshi Army Chief, But It Will Have Little Impact

By Saqlain Rizve
With General Ahmed no longer in active service, the sanctions' direct impact is limited, serving more as a symbolic gesture than a catalyst for significant reform.

May 06, 2024

China-Bangladesh Military Exercises Signal Shifting Geopolitical Landscape

By Saqlain Rizve
China has announced the first-ever joint military exercises with Bangladesh to be held early this month. Should India worry?

April 22, 2024

AI and India’s General Elections

By Saqlain Rizve
Parties are using AI to communicate with voters across linguistic divisions but also to malign each other.

February 23, 2024

The Deadly Border Between Bangladesh and India

By Saqlain Rizve
The two nations are friendly neighbors. Why, then, do Indian troops so frequently use lethal force along the border? 

January 22, 2024

The BNP’s Islamist Dilemma

By Saqlain Rizve
Will turning secular earn the Bangladesh Nationalist Party more support from New Delhi and Washington?
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