Democracy and Autocracy: Impact on Local Governance in India, Bangladesh and Pakistan

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Najmul Abedin

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India, Bangladesh and Pakistan, three South Asian countries, have developed varying, rather conflicting or opposing political systems since they became independent countries: India has witnessed stable democratic process since the British transferred sovereignty in 1947. On the contrary, government/state power in Pakistan and Bangladesh has alternated between military autocracy and weak and unstable democracy from time to time. Military ruled either overtly or covertly (in civilian disguise). In its desperate attempt to legitimize and rationalize its undemocratic governance, and its unconstitutional and illegitimate garb of the governmental/state power, the military introduced the facade of “local democracy” and non-party local elections. A comparative study of the issues is made in this paper.

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Abedin, N. (2017). Democracy and Autocracy: Impact on Local Governance in India, Bangladesh and Pakistan. South Asian Journal of Policy and Governance, 39(2), 1–22. Retrieved from http://sjpgjournal.com/index.php/sjpg/article/view/1
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