Bangladesh, oft en buffeted by political unrest and natural disasters, has had some success stories to tell. Th is South Asian nation of 160 million people has reduced poverty levels, increased food grain production and has seen a signifi cant increase in the number of children attending schools.
According to World Bank, the percentage of people living on less than $2 a day has declined from about 49 in 2000 to about 32 in 2012. A remarkable turnaround has take place in the electricity sector in this power-starved nation. Much of the credit should go to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s Awami League government. Hasina, thus, has had a polarising eff ect on the people.
While some laud her for her anti-Islamist steps, others fi nd folly in her treatment of a celebrated economist. Hasina would like to believe that her side of the divide is larger than the other.