Articles by: R Chowdhury

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