Source: The Diplomat Blog
By Sanjay Kumar
“Remember Bangladesh is a young country and it is fighting hard to retain the spirit of secularism despite a looming threat from radical elements within the society and outside. So when you are reporting from there you should be sensitive.” This was the first thing a senior Bangladeshi official said when I went to submit my passport for a visa in the Bangladeshi high commission in New Delhi last week.
During the ten minutes of one-sided conversation the senior staff went on to tell me about the Islamic Republic’s struggle to maintain the spirit of freedom since it was born in 1971. He further emphasized how important it is for the country to remain on the path of secularism and Bengali nationalism.
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