An Uneasy Obstacle?
Bangladesh is a country that has survived against all odds. With rampant poverty, a dwindling economy and widespread corruption at the root of its problems, Bangladesh is now managing to make headway in technology having revealed the world’s cheapest laptop and establishing scientific centers throughout the country. However, the growing threat of Islamic extremism is gripping the country severely and this point was raised in two separate articles in your magazine. Whether it is a policy expert or an average Bangladeshi, we all feel the consequences and change in society, politics and lifestyle. Bangladesh is a deeply religious yet pluralistic society that has seen its fair share of civilian and military rule that have continuously played with the concept of Islam in the political sphere. Many feel that religion is a personal matter and most are devout to the faith they practice. However, religious orthodoxy aims to destroy the very fabric of Bangladesh and plunge it into a newfound crisis. The country cannot afford to do this as it already faces numerous environmental and social crises and is finally on the road to globalization. If unhindered, recent technological initiatives and advances will be able to pull Bangladesh out of this poverty cycle and finally set it on the path for economic recovery and global technological success.
Soumiya Nadeem Dhaka, Bangladesh