be given priority. That is, development receives attention--often well- planned attention--but it must come second.
The economic future for Bangladesh is bleak. The population, unless a miraculous turnabout occurs, will rise from 117 million ( 1994) to 128 million by 2000. It is doubtful that agricultural production can continue to advance at a rate to maintain current food supplies, which are already below those considered necessary. It is equally doubtful that nonagricultural employment opportunities will expand at anywhere near the rate needed to provide for a population even now severely afflicted with unemployment and underemployment.
Bangladesh's political future, too, is uncertain. Bangladesh rebelled against Pakistan, but it was not so much a rebellion of the rural masses as one spearheaded by the urban middle class. Whether a rural rebellion will occur in the future is impossible to predict. Whether future governments will be able to meet at least the minimum urban demands is equally hard to predict. What can be foretold with reasonable certainty, however, is that a government following any revolution will face the same problems with the same inadequacy of resources.
Baxter Craig. Bangladesh: A New Nation in an Old Setting ( Boulder: Westview Press, 1984).
Faaland Just, and J. R. Parkinson. Bangladesh: The Test Case of Development ( London: C. Hurst and Co., 1976).