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By Professor David Lewis

Fairly little is understood or understood approximately Bangladesh through outsiders. for the reason that its hard-won independence from Pakistan in 1971, it's been ravaged by way of financial and environmental mess ups. just recently has the rustic all started to grow to be a delicate, yet functioning, parliamentary democracy, quite self-sufficient in nutrition construction and with an economic climate that has been regularly reaching progress. the tale of Bangladesh, advised in the course of the pages of this concise and readable publication, is a very notable one. by way of delving into its earlier, and during an research of the industrial, political and social alterations that experience taken position over the past two decades, the e-book explains how Bangladesh is changing into of accelerating curiosity to the overseas neighborhood as a portal into the various key problems with our age: the way in which globalization impacts the world's poorer nations, the long term results of the overseas improvement undefined, the capability hazards to humans and atmosphere from weather swap and the political demanding situations dealing with glossy Muslim-majority countries. during this method the e-book bargains a massive corrective to the view of Bangladesh as a failed kingdom and likewise sheds gentle at the lives of a brand new new release of its voters. [C:\Users\Microsoft\Documents\Calibre Library]

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By contrast, Bihar remains characterised by many of the longstanding rural problems faced by neighbouring Bangladesh, such as high levels of poverty and vulnerability, the dominance and capture of development resources by elites and extensive corruption. Four sets of factors may help to explain the differences: land tenure, rural-urban linkages, level of outside control and political culture. First, Maharashtra’s landholding system under the Bombay presidency allowed a relative level of freehold ryotwari tenure that encouraged productive investment by landlords in order to maximise income.

Three-quarters of the population live in rural areas, and Bangladesh, therefore, remains a predominantly rural society, with various village-level institutions continuing to play a central role in peoples’ daily lives. At the heart of local rural society is the paribar or gusti, the local lineage group that may be composed of several related families within a village. The gusti has traditionally formed the basis for the organisation of agricultural labour and systems of reciprocity. Such rural institutions are often quite flexible, and it is common for poorer families to seek membership of a gusti in order to claim benefits and for better-off households to try to limit membership in order to safeguard resources (Jansen 1987).

Bangladesh’s economy is primarily agrarian, employing about 60 percent of the labour force and with close to one-quarter of the GDP coming from agriculture, forestry and fisheries. The main crop is rice, Bangladesh’s staple food, and there has been considerable progress made with increasing the productivity of rice production during recent decades through the adoption of new technologies, including many new high-yielding hybrid rice varieties and an expansion of groundwater irrigation. In particular, the expansion of the winter boro rice crop has been dramatic, from 2 percent of land area in 1971 to close to 15 percent by the start of the new millennium.

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