By Professor David Lewis
Quite little is understood or understood approximately Bangladesh by means of outsiders. on the grounds that its hard-won independence from Pakistan in 1971, it's been ravaged by way of fiscal and environmental mess ups. just recently has the rustic all started to turn out to be a delicate, yet functioning, parliamentary democracy, particularly self-sufficient in nutrients construction and with an economic climate that has been always reaching development. the tale of Bangladesh, informed throughout the pages of this concise and readable publication, is a really awesome one. by means of delving into its prior, and during an research of the industrial, political and social adjustments that experience taken position over the past 20 years, the e-book explains how Bangladesh is changing into of accelerating curiosity to the overseas group as a portal into many of the key problems with our age: the best way globalization impacts the world's poorer nations, the long term results of the overseas improvement undefined, the aptitude dangers to humans and setting from weather switch and the political demanding situations dealing with glossy Muslim-majority countries. during this method the publication deals a major corrective to the view of Bangladesh as a failed kingdom and likewise sheds mild at the lives of a brand new iteration of its voters. [C:\Users\Microsoft\Documents\Calibre Library]
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Additional info for Bangladesh: Politics, Economy and Civil Society
By 1974, Pakistan had recognised Bangladesh, and Mujib, eager to try to offset his earlier difficulties in seeking to build relationships with the United States and China, then began participating in the Organization of the Islamic Conference. This, in turn, brought an end to the early positive phase of Bangladesh’s relationship with India (Huque 2002). After 1975, Ziaur Rahman set about reordering Bangladesh’s internal and external policies. As a result, Mujib’s earlier, rather unsuccessful efforts to court the United States and China gradually began to turn into a reality.
By contrast, the cities of Mumbai, Nagpur and Pune in Maharashtra to some extent mitigated these impacts through a higher level of provision of state services, finance and trade that produced a measure of economic growth across the state. Third, there is a tradition of assertiveness in Maharashtra that contrasts with Bihar and Bengal’s long history of being under the control of outside forces. Fourth, a political culture that has evolved in Maharashtra is characterised more by strategies for accommodation and negotiation than the “winner takes all” approach to politics found in Bangladesh and Bihar.
003 Cambridge Books Online © Cambridge University Press, 2012 Bangladeshi Society 29 created for Islamist forces. For example, during the 1990s, some conservative religious leaders and their supporters campaigned against some forms of rural development work, including attacks on NGOs such as BRAC and Proshika (Seabrook 2001). Government and NGO credit programmes have also sometimes been denounced as contravening religious rules that forbid moneylending, and some local religious leaders have viewed the mobility of women outreach workers and interventions aimed at women’s empowerment work with suspicion.
Bangladesh: Politics, Economy and Civil Society by Professor David Lewis