Monday, December 06, 2004

Have some people given up on the state of Bangladesh?

Dhaka civil society discovered the ‘failed state’ a few months ago. It’s the talk of the town. We are falling over ourselves to quash the notion that Bangladesh is a failed state. It’s all a conspiracy, don’t you know? But why? And if we are not a failed state, are we a successful one then? Who defines if we have made it or not? How do we know? Is it a flash in the pan doing the rounds in a few seminars? Or is there something sinister behind this? Where did it start? Where will it end?

This is an excerpt of an article published in The Daily Star of Bangladesh in November 2004. To read more go to


Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is my opinion that there is a reason for giving us the "failed state" label. Some external force is deliberately trying to paint a picture of growing domestic anarchy and islamic fundamentalism. I believe this is the first step in a long-term effort to undermine our freedom. Why, you ask? Why would some international power pick on our puny country? The answer is simple. Just take a look at a map of Asia. See how strategically we are positioned, smack in the middle of a circle of emerging economies (India, China and the South East) all of who have the potential to become superpowers in the next 20 years.

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