Bangladesh: From a Nation to a State

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new school for writers in all forms and for the arts is developing in Dhaka. Writing that deviates too far from Islamic norms can draw violent protests, as the novelist Taslima Nasreen learned in 1994 when her condemnation of Muslim behavior against Hindus in the aftermath of the Babri Masjid destruction eventually resulted in her exile in the face of fundamentalists' demands for her execution.

Notwithstanding such isolated incidents of censorship, now that the authoritarianism and martial law of Mujib, Zia, and Ershad may be past, Bangladesh presents the picture of a state that is moving toward free expression in the press, the arts, and literature.


Notes
1
Economist, December 23, 1995-January 5, 1996, p. 41.
2
Human Development Report, 1995 ( New York: Oxford University Press, for the United Nations Development Programme, 1995), table 1, p. 157.
3
1993 Statistical Yearbook of Bangladesh ( Dhaka: Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics, 1993), table 4.28, p. 158.
4
Agricultural Census, 1977 ( Dhaka: Ministry of Agriculture, 1977).
5
1993 Statistical Yearbook, table 4.26, p. 155.
10
Human Development Report, 1995, table 12, p. 179.
11
Country Paper: Bangladesh ( Dhaka: Ministry of Planning, 1995, prepared for the World Summit for Social Development, Copenhagen), p. 25.
12
1993 Statistical Yearbook, table 4.47, p. 175.
16
Data for this paragraph are derived from ibid.
18
Bangladesh: Current Trends and Development Issues ( Washington, DC: International Bank for Reconstruction and Development, 1979), p. 41.
19
See Clare E. Humphrey, Privatization in Bangladesh: Economic Transition in a Poor Country ( Boulder, CO: Westview Press, 1990), and Sadrel Reza and Mizanur Rahman Shelley , Privatizing Industrial Regulation Function in Bangladesh ( Dhaka: University Press, 1994).
20
1993 Statistical Yearbook, table 5.02, pp. 235-237.
21
Human Development Report, 1995, table 19, p. 193.
23
1993 Statistical Yearbook, table 5.27, p. 260. See also Saiful Islam, "Foreign Investment Effects on Balance of Payments", in Asian Survey 34, 4 ( April 1994): 343-354.
24
1993 Statistical Yearbook, tables 8.22, 8.23, and 8.24, pp. 377-378.

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  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Tables and Illustrations xi
  • Preface xiii
  • knowledgments xv
  • 1 - A Delta and its People 1
  • Notes 9
  • 2 - Hindus and Buddhists 11
  • Notes 16
  • 3 - Bengal Under Muslim Rule 17
  • Notes 26
  • 4 - Bengal Under the Company 27
  • 5 - Bengal Under The Raj 35
  • 6 - Toward Independence and Partition 49
  • Notes 58
  • 7 A Province of Pakistan 61
  • Notes 80
  • 8 - Democracy, Authoritarianism, Limited Democracy, 1972-1982 83
  • Notes 105
  • 9 - Military Rule and Democracy Restored, 1982-1996 107
  • Notes 130
  • 10 - Economic and Social Development 131
  • Notes 143
  • 11 - Bangladesh in the World System 145
  • Notes 158
  • 12 - Democracy or Authoritarianism? Development or Stagnation 159
  • Notes 161
  • Bibliographic Note 163
  • About the Book and Author 167
  • Index 169
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