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Strongman Undone

BY Naeem Mohaiemen

Bangladesh proceeds with democracy the only way it knows how. 

Poster for a “get out the vote” campaign in Dhaka, Bangladesh. 

It reads: “My Vote Is Only Mine / I Will Give It With Eyes Ears Open.” 

Photo by Naeem Mohaiemen.

Clever metaphors can mislead. In January 2007, the chief of the Bangladesh Army told the country that its democracy train had “fallen off the tracks” and a “heavy crane” (the army) was needed to put it back in the right direction. But this heavy machinery was tragically…

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