Om Malik

March 27, 2021

The gangster, the general, and the prime minister of Bangladesh

One of the most jaw-dropping articles you can read today is about how Bangladesh's prime minister, the army chief, and a couple of gangsters are all in cahoots. Political corruption, crime, and gangland are part of the inconvenient truth in South Asia. 

When reading this investigative report, I couldn't help but notice similarities between this story and many Bollywood movies from my youth. It is a gripping story of four brothers and their blind ambition. They may have started as local thugs but knew precisely how to plot their future. They took the long view. They are now more than crime lords. They are power brokers and enforcers for Bangladesh's political elite, including the country's prime minister Sheikh Hasina. Kudos to the investigative team at Al-Jazeera for taking the time to piece it all together. What a story! Please put it on your reading list. 

PS: If you want to know more about Bangladesh, which turns 50 this year, the Economist has an excellent overview of the country, its successful foray into the world of clothing manufacturing, and its political mess. It is worth a read as context to the link I shared above: If you don't want to read, listen to this podcast