Articles by: R Chowdhury

Bengal Muslims: History of Betrayals

Bengal Muslims: History of Betrayals

Scottish historian Sir William Hunter (1840-1900) wrote in 1871 that “a hundred and seventy years ago (In 1700), it was almost impossible for a well-born Musalman in Bengal to become poor; at present it is almost impossible for him to continue rich.” (Ref: Iftekhar Iqbal, World Congress of Economic History, Helsinki August 2006). If Sir Hunter were to make the[Read More…]

by March 20, 2021 South Asia
Covid-19 Makes the Rich Richer, the Poor Poorer: That is Capitalism

Covid-19 Makes the Rich Richer, the Poor Poorer: That is Capitalism

“When the laws undertake to make the rich richer and the potent more powerful, the humble members of the society have a right to complain of the injustice to their government.” — President Andrew Jackson P B Shelly invoked an injunction from the Bible to explain the effect of capitalism in widening the gap between haves and have-nots. “The rich get richer[Read More…]

by January 29, 2021 World
Bangladesh: Recalling 1969 Mass Uprising

Bangladesh: Recalling 1969 Mass Uprising

The Mass Uprising of 1969 In the book A Soldier’s Debt (ASD), the author thought Neil Armstrong’s landing on the moon was the greatest event of 1969. He then quickly added the following lines: “One hundred and twenty-five thousand miles below that historic moon walk, the Bengalis of East Pakistan started a renewed but aggressive, at times violent, march for their rights. It[Read More…]

by January 30, 2020 South Asia
Bangladesh: Road to Independence

Bangladesh: Road to Independence

“Injustice in the end produces independence.”–Voltaire   The people of East Bengal, who are majority Muslims, suffered injustice for ages. After the fall of Plassey in 1757, they came under the wrath of the British and its Hindu surrogates. When the British left in 1947, partitioning India on religious divide, East Bengal became part of Pakistan, their condition was no[Read More…]

by January 5, 2020 South Asia
Bangladesh: The Myth of Economic Growth 

Bangladesh: The Myth of Economic Growth 

The government of Bangladesh under Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina Wazed keeps rattling the growth at 8-9% over the past few years, but the statistics do not tally with the global benchmarks, which find the actual number lower by up to 2 points. The lower figure may still look impressive, but the existence of glaring discrepancies in the development calculations rarely meet the[Read More…]

by July 29, 2019 South Asia