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ED: Against all odds

  • Published at 08:01 pm August 19th, 2020
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Across 14 development indicators, Bangladesh came out on top

Sometimes, we take it for granted just how remarkable Bangladesh’s progress over the past decade or so has been. It has truly been a sight to behold, and Bangladesh’s turnaround has rightfully been identified and acknowledged across the world.

It is of particular interest, however, that a recent article by India’s Times of India published a report showing comparative statistics of some key indicators in Bangladesh, India, and Pakistan -- depicting a picture of how the three South Asian countries have fared so far on development indicators.

Across 14 development indicators, Bangladesh came out on top on seven of them, with India following with six and Pakistan with just one sole indicator to its name. Bangladesh has outranked India and Pakistan in gross savings, infant mortality rate, safe childhood, primary school enrollment, fertility rate, life expectancy, and military expenditure.

The fact that Bangladesh, having achieved its independence much later than the other two countries, and that too from Pakistan, is a testament to our extraordinary mettle.

However, this is simply one study and one report, and there is no scope to be complacent. While it is important to acknowledge and even enjoy this success, this is just the beginning, and these achievements should galvanize us further to reach even greater heights.

Indeed, Bangladesh has lofty ambitions, both for its short-term and long-term future. Bangladesh is on the right track, and has been justly acknowledged by the international community. The only way to go now is onward and upward, so that we fulfil all our ambitions and truly become the shining example in South Asia.

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