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Significance of Bangla Desh

Significance of Bangla Desh Dhananjoy IT may be too early to assess the full implications of the emergence of Bangla Desh as a sovereign independent republic. Much will depend on the nature of the elite that will determine the policies and programmes of the new state. The task of ensuring political stability, economic development and social change in that war-tan land is going to be enormously difficult to accomplish and it is not impossible that Bangla Desh will have to experiment with a variety of political systems before it finally settles for one that will be meaningful for its impoverished people. Equally formidable would be the problem of defining the international role of Bangla Desh. It is obvious that the birth of Bangla Desh means the death of the South Asia policies of quite a few great powers. The Indo-Pakistani balance could not be sustained by them despite their best efforts; its collapse could appear to them as the beginning of precisely the kind of fluid situation in which they have to pursue their rivalries and competitions with redoubled vigour. The foreign policy of Bangla Desh will have to lie conducted with a high degree of skill and efficiency to ensure that it does not become the hotbed of international intrigue. In any event, it is certain that there will be many moments of anxiety about the future of Bangla Desh in the minds of those who wish to see it evolve along their preferred ways.

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