Bangladesh was born in 1971 after India intervened in Pakistan’s civil war, which resulted in the independence of what was known as East Pakistan.
The new state’s politics were violent too, punctuated by military rule, which pushed to Islamicize the secular state.
Bangladesh today is nominally democratic, but politics is bitterly fractious and violent.
Like a number of other majority Islamic states, such as Afghanistan and Pakistan, a once relaxed social atmosphere has grown more intolerant.
While the country never was truly liberal, it…