An Un­easy Ob­sta­cle?

Southasia - - Editor's mail -

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

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