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Bangladesh isn’t a mere country

  • Published at 04:31 pm May 4th, 2018
  • Last updated at 02:50 pm May 5th, 2018
Bangladesh isn’t a mere country

Yes, Bangladesh isn’t a mere country anymore.

We have now become a global brand. Numerous products made in Bangladesh have now become household names in various countries across the continents.

Our prime minister is now seen walking hand-in-hand with important international leaders on international media. We can now say with confidence that our professionals have done exceedingly well in whichever category they have gone to work abroad.

Our players are always seen on the screens playing neck-to-neck with the international stalwarts.

Yes, Bangladesh is now seen with positivity across the world.

This success hasn’t come overnight; it took many years for us to achieve such a status. We did require the right leadership for attaining this status, and we have it now.

Despite many odds, the current leadership has been trying its best to take the nation through a journey in order to embark confidently on a new pedestal. We are now standing at the doorstep of entering the league of developing nations, which also took many years to attain.

However, in retrospect, for many years, we adopted a nonchalant policy for the country to develop from a poor state of affairs -- we always kept ourselves inside the box and hoped that our economy would one day improve. Our policies were outdated, and we didn’t do much about them.

We must make the masses believe that Bangladesh is now a brand, and it needs to go many furlongs on its way to development

Many of our policies are still outdated, and in many cases, the bureaucratic bottlenecks are still in play and are diminishing our prospects for prosperity in a digital economic age. Now that, to a great extent, we’re trying to adopt the policies for this new economic era, we must, very prudently, rethink our age-old ways of doing business with the world. We must remember we were the first country that talked about digitizing the process of progress.

Our experiences reveal that we have always faltered in attracting foreign investment into our country. The global business community has been observing and assessing us with eagerness, but we may not have been doing much justice to their aspirations.

Time has now come to do some true soul-searching and evaluate whether we have succeeded in creating a win-win atmosphere for both foreign investors as well as for ourselves.

Many countries of the world have done quite well in spreading their state of the affairs through their media in a very planned manner. They have also quite successfully sent their literature and culture almost everywhere in the world.

If we look at the movie industries of Russia, India, Iran, and South American countries, they are now operating on par with the English-language ones. We do have one or two aspiring minds to attain such greatness, but they are way off the mark due to the lack of national patronization.

Then again, we are yet to create a BBC, CNN, Bloomberg, RT, or even an NDTV. We haven’t been able to create a vehicle that will take our success stories to all corners of the world. It shouldn’t be very difficult to turn our media personnel into spokespersons for the nation. We just need a strategic push to achieve it.

We have an unending sea of literature, which the world doesn’t know about.

As a nation, we didn’t try to translate our literary works in various languages for others to know.

Perhaps, we don’t at all realize that works of great writers and poets can bring laurels for us in the global arena.

Having said that, there is another important aspect. We have to sustain ourselves as a country. In order to do so, we must protect our ecology. Yes, the whole environment of the country is at stake today.

We truly won’t sustain if our environment doesn’t. We must understand this factor. We can see with our eyes closed that our rivers will soon die completely; our soil is losing fertility very fast; our drinking water is running dry; we have been felling trees like there is no tomorrow; we are still building unplanned residences; our factories are still polluting the atmosphere with chemicals and other wastes; we still don’t have a decent waste disposal system.

I don’t think we have been earnestly doing much to save our environment and sustain ourselves and our country.

If we don’t care for our environment, there’s every possibility to perish on our way to achieve the greatness that we desire to achieve. Nobody has ever survived without caring for the environment.

We must make the masses believe that Bangladesh is now a brand, and it needs to go many furlongs on its way to development. Without feeling the fire inside for the brand, it would be a Herculean journey. So, let’s saddle up.

Ekram Kabir is a story-teller and a columnist.