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Dr. Atiur Rahman

  • Economist
  • Mon, 11 Dec 23

Economist and former Governor, Bangladesh Bank.

Bangabandhu's position in language movement in historical context
Bangabandhu's position in language movement in historical context

Article

Tue, 20 Feb 24

Bangabandhu's position in language movement in historical context

The region that makes up Bangladesh today has a long history of language disputes. Despite this, 21 February 1952 remains a symbol of the language movement for most Bengalis. However, in the writings of most of the researchers, the time frame of this movement is around the period from 1948 to 1952. If you consider this movement a struggle for the status of the Bengali language, not everything will be said. The student leader, Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, has led this movement since the beginning of 1948. Although he led as a representative of the emerging middle class of East Bengal, he had a deep connection with the country's peasants, workers, and lower middle class. Therefore, in a public meeting held at Armanitola Maidan on February 01, 1953, as part of the first anniversary celebrations of the 1952 February Mass Explosion, he said, 'The language movement of 1952 was not only about language, but it was also our life and death struggle. We want to live like humans. We want food, we want clothes, we want shelter, we want civil rights. We want the right to speak. We want a society free from exploitation.' ('Secret Documents', Report No. 47, February 21 1953).

Historical and Present Economic: Context and Trends
Historical and Present Economic: Context and Trends

Bank

Sat, 13 Jan 24

Historical and Present Economic: Context and Trends

Despite facing various limitations and hostile politics, Bangladesh has achieved remarkable progress in both the economic and social spheres in recent times. It is truly astonishing. During the Liberation War, the economy launched by Bangladesh was disrupted and endangered by political pressure. The pro-poor, agriculture-friendly, small and medium entrepreneur-friendly economy that started under the leadership of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu was interrupted in the post-1975 era. Initially, the per capita income was only 93 USD, but under Bangabandhu's guidance, it grew to around 260 USD in just three and a half years. However, after his brutal assassination, the country regressed and the economy started to decline. The average national income per capita fell to US$138 in the following year (1976) and further decreased to USD 128 the year after that. It took 13 long years to regain the previous stage. Despite this setback, Bangladesh's growth continued at a slow pace.

Return of Bangabandhu and Pledge of New Days
Return of Bangabandhu and Pledge of New Days

Article

Wed, 10 Jan 24

Return of Bangabandhu and Pledge of New Days

"On December 16, 1971, despite the surrender of the Pakistani military in Bangladesh, our victory was not complete that day. The person who is another name for Bangladesh was still imprisoned in Pakistan at that time."

'Bank Supervision Board' can be formed in ensuring internal governance
'Bank Supervision Board' can be formed in ensuring internal governance

Bank

Mon, 11 Dec 23

'Bank Supervision Board' can be formed in ensuring internal governance

The 12th National Parliamentary Elections is imminent. According to the schedule announced by the Election Commission, the national election will be held on January 7. The elections have to be held in January as there is a constitutional obligation to hold it by the mentioned period. The question is, what will be the state of the country's economy during this transitional period of national elections or whether any major reforms will be undertaken in the economic sector. It is almost certain that no institutions will undertake major reform activities before the national elections. They will wait for the next government. At the moment, maintaining the economy at normal speed will be a big task.