Democracy and Development

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In recent times, the political discourse in Bangladesh has touched upon the question of democracy and development. It was triggered by comments from a Minister and a senior ruling party leader who said, “We believe in democracy, but not too much democracy,” and argued that this is good for development and progress. His comments attracted… Read more »

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Economic performance: Evaluation

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That Bangladesh has recently been awarded the status of a Lower Middle Income (LMI) country by the World Bank (WB) is undoubtedly a great achievement of its valiant and hard-working people who have been historically tormented by the exploitative forces of political and economic aggression and devastated by exacting natural cataclysms. To attain the next… Read more »

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Bengal in London: A new beginning

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LONDON (RAY) 5 Aug — A week ago, the mercurial Mamata Banerjee, chief minister of the eastern Indian state of West Bengal, was in London. Her visit was aimed at attracting British investment to her province, including its capital Kolkata, once the headquarters of British India and the second city (after London) of the Anglo-Saxon… Read more »

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Economic performance: The basics

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Once ridiculed as the “bottomless basket”, Bangladesh has recently been awarded the status of a lower middle income country by the World Bank (WB) as the Gross National Income (GNI) per capita of Bangladesh exceeded the $1,046 threshold. It is indeed a great moment of redemption and pride for the nation. However, it is not… Read more »

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Magic halo of opinions

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Folklore has it that to settle an argument with a friend that children would like to read about, the Australian artist Norman Lindsay produced a children’s illustrated book, The Magic Pudding, with food and fighting rather than fairies. Now a term widely known and used, the title refers to a pudding that, no matter how… Read more »

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