Category: Economic Reform

  • Murder in Chittagong

    Murder in Chittagong

    FRED BRUNING, Newsweek (June 8, 1981) Several times a week President Ziaur Rahman of Bangladesh liked to board a government helicopter and hopscotch across his impoverished country spreading a gospel of hard work and self-help. Last Friday his schedule called for a stopover in the steamy port city of Chittagong, where the Presidential party would…

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  • The Basic Problems of Bangladesh

    The Basic Problems of Bangladesh

    The Times Editorial (June 19, 1980) Bangladesh was born but of Indian intervention and Pakistani inability to keep together two parts of a country that was divided by everything but the religion that was deemed to have. brought the country into being. The severance of East Pakistan and its emergence as Bangladesh was celebrated as…

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  • President leads from the front

    President leads from the front

    The Guardian (December 31, 1979) PRESIDENT ZIA faces the task of introducing reforms of land tenure, education, and law in a country that has been busy over the last eighteen months restoring democracy. Over a little canal-digging, he tells Peter Niesewand: “This is our own revolution.” THE WEATHER pattern seemed to be changing in Bangladesh,…

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  • Man in Motion: Slain Leader Traversed Nation Preaching Progress, Hard Work

    Man in Motion: Slain Leader Traversed Nation Preaching Progress, Hard Work

    Stuart Auerbach, The Washington Post (May 31, 1981) The Slain president of Bangladesh, Ziaur Rahman, liked to move out among his people- As many as 20 days a month he headed by helicopter from Dacca to some remote village. Usually, one village wasn’t enough for the short, trim Zia. Dressed in a bush shirt, he…

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  • Ziaur Rahman: The man who gave us our identity

    Ziaur Rahman: The man who gave us our identity

    When President Ziaur Rahman was killed, he was only 45. But within this short life span he contributed enormously to Bangladesh. His catalytic role in initiating the mass revolt among Bengali members of the armed-forces after the brutal military crackdown of 25th March 1971, and his contribution as a military leader of Bangladesh’s war of…

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  • Ziaur Rahman: the kind of statesman we need now

    Today is the 30th death anniversary of President Ziaur Rahman. This anniversary comes at a time when Zia, his image, contribution and his philosophy are under the fiercest attack ever. After decades of relentless attack on Zia, the war hero and Zia the statesman, after abysmal failure of Zia’s party to portray him appropriately and…

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  • Bangladesh Wooing Businesses

    James P. Sterba, The New York Times (April 9, 1979) After an unsuccessful experiment with socialized industry, Bangladesh has begun courting private enterprise, both foreign and domestic, in an effort to stimulate its economic growth and development. Offering an almost inexhaustible supply of the world’s cheapest labor, abundant supplies of natural gas, virtually untapped seafood…

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  • Economic Hope For Bangladesh

    Economic Hope For Bangladesh

    Kevin Rafferty, New York Times (October 10, 1976) Which Asian country last year achieved double‐digit economic growth? It was certainly not Japan, which is still staggering out of recession and was thankful to turn in a positive 2 percent growth after a 1.2 percent shrinkage in 1974. Nor was it Singapore or Malaysia or any…

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  • Everyone Loses In Bangladesh Coup Attempt

    Everyone Loses In Bangladesh Coup Attempt

    The New York Times (June 7, 1981) If there are worse places than Bangladesh these days, much credit goes to Ziaur Rahman. From his rise to power in 1975 until his assassination last weekend, General Zia instilled new motivation in the New England-sized nation of 92 million people to produce more food and fewer children.…

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