Sunday, May 6, 2012

Two Recent Articles on Bangladesh

Following the resignation and reinstatement of Mr. Suranjit Sen Gupta, many of our expatriates are deeply concerned about the direction Bangladesh is heading. Obviously, we regret the decision that Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina Wazed took and believe that she was ill-advised in reinstating the minister, accused of corruption. Quite a few politicians belonging to the opposition have recently disappeared, presumed to be abducted. There are strong suspicions that the ruling party may be behind such disappearances. If true, it is surely a terrible thing and must stop. The opposition parties have threatened to shut down the capital unless their politicians are found and/or released. It appears we are witnessing again repeats of the pre-1/11 politics which is sure to hurt Bangladesh's economy. Here are two articles on Bangladesh that we recommend for our valued readers. The first one is about the railgate scandal by our chairman, Dr. Habib Siddiqui, and the second one is by M. Adil Khan, a retired UN official, who wrote about optimistic signs he sees in recent elections in Bangladesh. The first article appeared in the New Age (and also in the NFB) and the second one in the Weekly Holiday (and also in the NFB).