LIBERAL DEMOCRACY IN CRISIS: SPOTLIGHT ON BANGLADESH AND INDIA
Notwithstanding the intention of the founding fathers of India and Bangladesh to establish liberal democracies in their respective jurisdictions, decades later the citizens of these nations have been confronted with the stark reality that the institutions entrusted with the responsibility to protect their constitutional rights have abdicated their responsibilities. The inescapable (and continuing) effects of the COVID-19 pandemic have provided an insight into the conceptual and structural weaknesses in constitutional nationhood of these two countries. The proposed panel will discuss the health of constitutional democracy in the neighbouring states of India and Bangladesh through various lenses, including political legitimacy, dialogic judicial review, and creeping authoritarianism. The identification of points of difference within these similar contexts will reveal novel but transposable inter-jurisdictional learning.