Authoritarianism rises as pluralism declines: DU professor

DU Correspondent | Published: 00:18, Nov 06,2019 | Updated: 00:44, Nov 06,2019


Dhaka University economics professor Rashed Al Mahmud Titumir on Tuesday at a discussion said that authoritarianism was on rise in South Asia as pluralistic visions and practices were on decline in the region.

When a dominant party held sway over all institutions responsible for productions of truth and knowledge, it would manufacture consents to attain hegemonic singularity and to diminish plurality, he said at the discussion on ‘political paralysis of pluralism in South Asia’ at the Institute of Modern Languages of Dhaka University.

Rashed said pluralism to be the pivotal trait of Bangladesh pointing out the country’s Buddhist past, its agri-based relations of productions, its past resistances to unjust dominance and its political transformations in 1947 and 1971.

He also said that India was on its way to turn into a regional hegemon brushing off its pluralistic visions.

Bharatiya Janata Party flourished feeding on identity politics with already visible repercussions for ethnic and religious minorities, he said.

Crocodile tears of liberals devoid of pluralist visions would not stop the impending catastrophe for the country, said Rashed, also chairperson of independent think-tank Unnayan Onneshan.

Dhaka University’s Institute of Modern Languages director Shishir Bhattacharjee attended the discussion among others.

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