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This book projects up a thematic overview of Bangladesh civil-military relations over more than four decades by emphasizing on Marxist-Leninist lens. The book argues that Bangladesh military has a legacy of coups which began during the Pakistan era. Because of its organisational skill, structure, recruitment, ideology, colonial and the Pakistan legacy, and the fact of its involvement in the liberation war, the army had a stronger position than any other organisation in the state. It tried to elucidate the historical and post-independent nature of civil-military relations by applying Marxist Leninist Analysis of army and civil military relations. At the end, book stresses on the right balance between political leadership and army in working to develop a modernised political and military system without compromising the external and internal security interests of the country.

Contours of Civil-Military Relations in Bangladesh (1971-2017): A Marxist Lenini

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  • Dr. Rajeesh CS is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Lovely Professional University, Punjab, India. He earned Ph. D from Centre for South Asian Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University on doctoral thesis titled: Civil-Military Relations in Bangladesh (1971-2012): Continuity and Change. He holds M. Phil from the same Centre on the topic: Assessing the State Civil Society Interface in Bangladesh (1991-2012). At LPU, he guest-lectured in political science, IR, diplomacy and South Asian Politics classes on global human rights and social justice issues. Dr. Rajeesh CS has edited “International Political Movements of the 20th Century” (Laxmi Publications Ltd, 2020) and “Issues in International Politics” (Laxmi Publications Ltd, 2020). He has contributed extensively in peer-reviewed journals and edited volumes at home and abroad. And currently his research interests include South Asian diplomacy, peace and conflict perspectives in IR, and ethnic issues. He has made numerous presentations in international conferences/seminars including at the Dhaka University, Tribhuvan University, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi University and Calicut University.

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