Bangladesh

Laborers wearing face masks work in a garment factory in Ashulia, Bangladesh, on April 7, 2020.

Bangladesh Is Clothes-Minded

The country’s obsession with garments takes an increasingly heavy toll on the rest of its economy.

A snack vendor in Dhaka, Bangladesh

Bangladesh’s Long Journey From ‘Basket Case’ to Rising Star

But 50 years after independence, an authoritarian turn casts a shadow over the country’s future.

Indian Army Gen. Jagjit Singh Aurora and Pakistani Army Gen. Amir Abdullah Khan Niazi sign the surrender document that would end the war between the two countries and lead to the creation of Bangladesh, in Dhaka on Dec. 16, 1971.

50 Years After Independence, Bangladesh Bursts Into Geopolitics

The country is on the cusp of a second liberation—one that would end its relative isolation.

A team of dressmakers works in a factory in Dhaka, Bangladesh, on Nov. 22, 2012.

Bangladesh Is Everyone’s Economic Darling. It Might Not Last.

Dhaka has shown real vision in its fiscal planning, but a turn toward authoritarianism could reverse its successes.

Police escort Islamist extremists accused of plotting the Holey Artisan Bakery attack to a courtroom for their trial in Dhaka, on Nov. 27, 2019.

The Radicalization of Bangladeshi Cyberspace

After the pandemic pushed people online, Islamist extremist groups reached an even wider audience. But the authorities are fighting back.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi participates in a committee meeting at the Parliament House in New Delhi on March 3, 2020.

Angst and Denial in India as It’s Now Officially Poorer Than Bangladesh

Bangladesh, once far behind, just surpassed India in GDP per capita. All the more reason for Modi to focus on the right reforms.

A protester holds a sign that reads “NO STATELESS PEOPLE” during a protest against the National Register of Citizens in Kolkata, India, in September 2019.

A Year After Rendering Millions Stateless, India Has Yet to Hear a Single Appeal

New Delhi has continued to milk the issue of citizenship for political gain, leaving 1.9 million people stateless and virtually unable to prove otherwise.

A street vendor wearing a face mask sells cigarettes on a street in Dhaka, Bangladesh, on March 12.

The Developing World Could Come Out of the Pandemic Ahead

Thanks to favorable demographics, digitization efforts, and quicker health responses, many countries of the global south are faring better than their wealthy counterparts.

Bangladeshi security personnel attend to emaciated Rohingya refugees following their arrival by boat in Teknaf on April 16, after nearly two months at sea.

As Rohingya Boats Keep Sailing, Southeast Asia Turns a Blind Eye

With the coronavirus now an excuse for inaction, the threat to the embattled minority is growing ever sharper.

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