The roads we take

It has now been more than 50 years since Bangladesh established itself as a sovereign nation after a bloody war for independence that saw countless lives being sacrificed

Overcoming a fight against a ruthless Pakistani regime that sought to not only cripple us from continuing our reprisal but to erase our identity as Bangalis, our victory, or indeed our success as an independent nation, was anything but pre-ordained.

Which is why the past 51 of Bangladesh’s independence has caught the rest of the world by surprise, subverting expectations of all the other nations which had all but condemned us as a basket case. Bangladesh’s current state of progress, whether economic, social, or otherwise, cannot be denied.

There can be no denying that we are currently living in the days which will make the best pages of Bangladesh’s history: Our literacy rates are on a steady rise, our economy is in the best state it has ever been, and, now more than ever, we are truly connected to the rest of the world, whether through infrastructure, trade, or otherwise.

However, as fraught and as bloody as the road to our independence was, it is the roads that we have chosen to take from there on, and the ones which we will take in the future, that will ultimately define us as a nation, as a people.

Yes we have stumbled a few times as a nation, and there is still a lot of progress that we must make before we can claim to be a nation that prioritizes people above all else, and for that future to become a reality will require work -- on the part of the people and those who lead us.

Bangladesh has come a long way from being a poverty-stricken nation that conjures up images of famine and death and destruction. We are a global player in the international arena with one of the most promising economies of the next few years.

Let us not stray from that road.