Bangladesh has risen like a phoenix from ashes: Mark Tully
Published: 12:49 PM, 27 October 2020 Updated: 01:09 PM, 27 October 2020
Former BBC journalist Mark Tully
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) prediction on Bangladesh’s per capita GDP in its ‘World Economic Outlook’ is now the most discussed issue in India.
According to the IMF report, Bangladesh is set to surpass India in terms of per capita gross domestic product (GDP) in 2020.
Former Bureau Chief of BBC in New Delhi, Mark Tully has also taken a stand in favour of the report. He lauded the way Bangladesh’s economy has turned over the past two decades after overcoming thousands of adversities, comparing it to “the rise of the phoenix from the ashes”.
He made the remarks in a column in India’s Hindustan Times on October 24.
Mark Tully writes “The way the Pakistani army burned villages to ashes in 1971, it was fanned out from Dhaka to re-establish control over the country.”
He wrote, “Less than two-and-a-half years later, Bangladeshi faced a famine. Then came Sheikh Mujibur Rahman’s assassination and political instability as army officers fought each other for power. Floods and cyclones added to the challenges.”
The new nation was internationally scorned, with the then United States Secretary of State Henry Kissinger dismissing it as “a basket case”, Mark Tully further wrote.
Mark Tully thinks that there are two main factors behind the way Bangladesh has reached today’s place.
“The first is its willingness to take international aid and the advice that goes with it. Looking back now, it seems that Bangladesh benefitted because its dire economic straits forced the government to follow donors’ advice, putting aside politics,” he wrote in Hindustan Times.
“Second, unlike in India, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) have been encouraged to play a crucial role in Bangladesh’s development. An outstanding example is the multi-faceted development agency Building Resources Across Communities (BRAC),” he also wrote.
According to Mark Tully, BRAC is now the world’s largest charity. Its program provides a monitored pathway out of extreme poverty and has been adopted by NGOs in 45 countries.
Source: Hindustan Times