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Sunday, June 24, 2018

Bangladesh has more reasons to be proud

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The Eid-ul-Fitr is just around the corner and it is the greatest religious festival for the Muslims in Bangladesh. A total plan for new dresses and feast are all set. The shopping malls have been overflowing with men, women and children picking up the best for the festival.

On the other hand, the food shops and restaurants across the capital are crowded. From low to high budget restaurants have no dearth of food lovers.

These, economists say are the indications that people have more money to spend these days than any time before due to increased government wages, festival bonus, more people are working in a family and increasing job opportunities.

The country has changed its face in the past 10-years from a poverty-stricken one to that of wealthy people, not only the billionaires but also those in the low income bracket.

Then came our Bangabandhu-1 Satellite which carries a huge feeling of pride for Bangladesh. Somebody asked me whether it was wise diverting so much money to the satellite project.

I laughed and said the satellite took us to the top of the world === into the space === and with it our souls and hearts giving us a huge boost in our mindset. Yes, we too can do this. More importantly, we are going to save foreign exchange and earn, instead of giving it to other satellite owners so far.

We have become role models in many sectors. From managing natural calamities like floods and cyclones to political issues, the world has stood in awe and watched a new Bangladesh emerging.

We have Prime Minister, Sheikh Hasina, who has become a world leader to reckon with as she manages a country that has multitude of problems, but she has overcome them and has taken the nation to newer heights.

Her recent visit to Canada as the guest of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau for the G7 meet is the most recent example of her leadership and how the powerful nations look upon her.

The victory of the women's cricket team in the Women's Asia Cup has been possible because of prime minister's personal interest in seeing country's women make a mark in different fields. The win gave a much needed boost in the sports sector after a dismal performance by the men against Afghanistan in India few days ago.

It was the prime minister who directed recruiting women in the armed forces and they are not only serving the nation, but are taking the red and green flag around the conflict regions of the world as peace keepers under the United Nations.

Such empowerment of women has lessened domestic problems and creating better generations for the country.
Even if her officials fail, she does not. She gets what she wants as she is very sharp in her memory and gets what she wants by her won tactics.

A glaring example is the Padma bridge, a little part of which is already visible. Without her courage and initiative these would have remained only a dream. She told off the World Bank as it "assumed" that graft might have taken place in the project which had not taken off.

Now the bridge is turning into another pride for Bangladesh and focuses on its abilities to deliver things that many in the outside world are unaware of.Let us rejoice our achievements as the people of proud Bangladesh in this Eid and pray we cross many more mile stones.

The writer is the Roving Editor, the Asian Age


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