DHAKA: Nobel Laureate Indian Economist Amartya Sen opined that the land of Bangladesh (the then East Pakistan) was reformed when India and Pakistan was divided in 1947.
According to him, during country split, many Hindu landlords left Bangladesh leaving thousands of acres of land which later had giver to poor Muslim farmers.
Thus the land was renovated without any act or movement, he observed. Feudalism was dispelled, which was not possible for Pakistan.
The past history had played a great role for this secular democratic government of Bangladesh.
He also opined that there is good relation between Hindu and Muslim, which helped the government to build a secular government.
Exemplifying last Bangla Nawab Siraj-ud-Doula, he said, “Siraj-ud-Doula told Lord Clive to discuss with his four councilors of which two were Hindu. It shows about how secular he was.
Amartya Sen came up with the observations while addressing a book opening day.
Amongst others, Translator William Radich was also present a the function.
BDST: 1807 HRS, MAY 31, 2012
Edited by: Abul Kalam Azad, Newsroom Editor / M. Mahbub Alam, Asst Output Editor
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