Bangladesh Ban on Religion Based Politics: Reviving the Secular Character of the Constitution

26 Pages Posted: 12 Dec 2011  

Dr. Arshi Saleem Hashmi

National Defence University Islamabad

Date Written: February 12, 2011

Abstract

The decision of Bangladesh Supreme Court to ban religion based politics reflects the ideology of the country’s founding fathers. It ensures secularism as the cornerstone of the Constitution. Thus, carrying out activities of any political party based on religion is a punishable offence. The Election Commission of Bangladesh demanded the religion-based parties in the country to amend their charters as they were in conflict with the supreme law of the land. Unlike Pakistan, Bangladesh’s constitution is based on secularism, nationalism, socialism and democracy. Hard secularism rejecting all kinds of religious activities encourages reaction, to eradicate the menace of religious extremism, soft secular approach of protecting and enforcing the equal rights of all religious beliefs and traditions can help instead of preferring one religion over others.

Suggested Citation

Hashmi, Dr. Arshi Saleem, Bangladesh Ban on Religion Based Politics: Reviving the Secular Character of the Constitution (February 12, 2011). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1971325 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1971325

Dr. Arshi Saleem Hashmi (Contact Author)

National Defence University Islamabad ( email )

E-9, Islamabad
Sector E-9
Islamabad, Capital 44230
Pakistan

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