JOURNAL OF DEFENCE STUDIES

Reconstitution of the Bangladesh Rifles

Anand Kumar is Associate Fellow at Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses. Click here for detailed profile
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  • April 2010
    Volume: 
    4
    Issue: 
    2
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    The mutiny in Bangladesh Rifles in February 2009 tainted the image of the most important para-military force of Bangladesh. It completely destroyed the command structure of the force and created distrust between army and the BDR. In this situation, it became necessary to reconstitute the force. Bangladesh has undertaken this exercise. But the proposed reforms somehow does not appear geared to deal with the grievances of the BDR soldiers which have been seen at least as one of the causes of the mutiny. On the other hand, the proposed reforms are likely to increase the control of Bangladesh army over the para-military force. Only future will tell whether this good or bad for the BDR.

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