Dhaka is one of the world's megacities, yet relentless traffic, environmental deterioration, and poor governance pose critical living challenges for its inhabitants. Dhaka’s urban planning has failed to address important economic, environmental, and socio-cultural issues.
সত্তরের দশকের শুরুতে পুকুর, নদীনালার পানি পান করার ফলে কলেরা, ডায়রিয়ার মত পানিবাহিত রোগের প্রকোপে বাংলাদেশের সাধারণ জনগণ যখন জর্জরিত, সে সময় দেশি-বিদেশি জনস্বাস্থ্য উপদেষ্টাদের সুপারিশে সরকার সারাদেশে অসংখ্য গভীর নলকূপ স্থাপন করে তার থেকে খাবার পানি পানে দেশের মানুষকে অভ্যস্ত করে তোলেন। কেউ তখন পরীক্ষা করে দেখেননি এই পানিতে ক্ষতিকর কোন খনিজ আছে কিনা। ডায়রিয়া ও কলেরার প্রকোপ ধীরে ধীরে কমে আসে ঠিকই, কিন্তু এই সিদ্ধান্তের প্রায় দুই দশক পর আবিষ্কৃত হয় যে, দেশের অনেক অঞ্চলর নলকূপই আর্সেনিক নামক বিষাক্ত উপাদান দ্বারা দূষিত। ততদিনে দেশের অগণিত মানুষ আর্সেনিক জনিত রোগে
Man is endowed with self-consciousness and free will which are influenced by the forces generated in his brain and shape his individual personality. The Glory of God is revealed in the achievement of man. Scientific and technological knowledge has given man material wealth and power but religion has made him dignified, special and proud of being human. The Glory of God is also revealed in man’s struggle for Good against Evil. The book discusses the recent advances in Science which have given us enough facts for a rational approach and surer path to God.
Some of the greatest rivers of the world flow through Bangladesh. These rivers form what is perhaps the most complete system of inland water navigation to be found anywhere. Few places in the world do boat operations in inland water play a more prominent role than in Bangladesh. The way of life for the 120 million people who live in Bangladesh is to a large extent governed by inland water. For several months every year between one third to half of the land is submerged under water. Millions of people take to the boats and the life of Bangladesh becomes a floating world.
The book deals with the Marmas of the Chittagong hills and the Rakhaines of the plains who are collectively known as the Maghs spreading over South and Southeastern parts of Bangladesh. Although a fascinating tribe, the Maghs have hitherto received scant attention of scholars. It is the first full length study covering their history, society and cultural life as well as the relations between Bangladesh and Arakan.
This book makes an innovative attempt to generate greater understanding about the rapid growth of Dhaka City, the deeply entrenched class hierarchy and offers a socio-economic analysis of the slum and non-slum households. It is an important departure from the existing literature in a number of ways. First, it used the latest and recognized sources of secondary materials and population estimates and projections. Second, it makes a thorough and broad-spectrum review of theories on determinants and consequences of migration.
A Constructed from first-person accounts by Hindus and Muslims, the story told here by sociologist Beth Roy vividly describes and analyzes a large-scale riot that profoundly altered life in a Bangladeshi village during the 1950s.
This study is based upon the author's extensive field work among the peasants in the rural areas of Bangladesh. It deals with the problems facing the rural population due to scarcity of land and work opportunities. Different chapters take up the various ways in which ownership of land changes, and how those without land have to compete on the job market and for obtaining land on a sharecropping basis. The book describes and analyzes the various economic strategies rich and poor peasants pursue, and the complex nature of the relationship which exists between them.
This is a longitudinal study seeking to explain poverty in rural Bangladesh during the two decades between 1977 and 1997. More explicitly, the objective has been to delineate the processes within rural society which caused, aggravated, maintained and reduced poverty in a typical Bangladesh village during the above period. On both occasions, long drawn and painstaking fieldwork was undertaken within a holistic framework of analysis.
This book deals with the country boats of Bangladesh; the traditional non-mechanized vessels that have plied inland and coastal waters for hundreds of years. Country boats, of which there are several hundred thousands in a great variety of shapes and sizes, are known to play a vital role in the transport of goods and people in a country shaped by some of the world's greatest rivers.