has for some decades now come to a point when there is a visible
wide division between life in the poor countries and that
in the rich, economically speaking. Our poets and litterateur
have been telling us for centuries that we are indeed loaded
in aspects that are not gauged by fiscal resources. It is
perhaps rude to say, 'who cares?' at this particular point.
the pecuniary difference?
it the age of a country? Is it because we are only kuchu-kuchu
33 years old? Awww…
it be the availability of natural resources? Is the cause
as deep as where our supposed oil is supposed to be? Or, as
controversial as to the embedded quantity? Does anyone have
any idea who stopped the slippery but entertaining debate
on whether the unseen reserve was one trillion or two zillion
cubic something? Most of us mortals are only anxious about
the five litres that our car requires as daily lubrication?
this rich-poor difference game does the amount of agricultural
land matter? What will happen when the whole of Bangladesh
will be covered with six-storied apartment buildings? Of course,
there will be roads! How else will they carry the rod, cement
it a question of intellectual capability? Will even 52 private
universities cohabiting with garment factories, sweetmeat
shops and business houses not be producing enough degree-dharees?
Cannot our drained brain, many of who do so much ha-hootash
about this land from the abroad, make any significant contribution?
the ingrown ethnicity of a people? Are some of us more fair
and lovely than others? Can that sort of inequity (depends
on which shade you favour) not be remedied by applying the
magic formulae so often advertised on television? Is there
no punishment for peddling lies on the telly, and on billboards
and the print media? Perhaps we will talk about that someday.
separates the poor from the rich?
J. Bonnell, nationality unknown but his 'we' below refers
to poor, recorded thus:
difference between the poor countries and the rich ones is
not the age of the country.
be shown by countries like India and Egypt that are more than
2000 years old and are poor.
other hand, Canada, Australia and New Zealand, that 150 years
ago were inexpressive, today are developed countries and are
between poor and rich countries does not reside in the available
has a limited territory, 80% mountainous, inadequate for agriculture
and cattle-raising, but it is the second world economy. The
country is like an immense floating factory, importing raw
material from the whole world and exporting manufactured products.
example is Switzerland, which does not plant cocoa but has
the best chocolate of the world. In its little territory they
raise animals and plant the soil during 4 months per year.
Not enough, they produce dairy products of the best quality.
It is a small country that transmits an image of security,
order and labour, which made it the world's strong safe.
from rich countries who communicate with their counterparts
in poor countries show that there is no significant intellectual
skin colour is also not important: immigrants labelled lazy
in their countries of origin are the productive power in rich
the difference then?
is the attitude of the people, framed along the years by the
education and the culture.
the behaviour of the people in rich and developed countries,
we find that the great majority follow the following principles
in their lives:
as a basic principle
4. Respect to the laws and rules
5. Respect to the rights of other citizens
6. Work loving
7. Strive for saving and investment
8. Will of super action
countries, only a minority follow these basic principles in
their daily life.
not poor because we lack natural resources or because nature
was cruel to us.
We are poor because we lack attitude.
We lack the will to comply with and teach these functional
principles of rich and developed societies."
could be fortified with some B-factors that have to do more
with Bangladesh than being poor:
1. Bangladeshi politics, indefinable by political science
4. Bragging the ami ki honu standpoint
5. Bank loan defaulting
6. Breaks tea, fag, extended weekend, official meeting, association
meeting, self sickness, family sickness, nani-dadi
sickness, children's exams, wife's interview, this dibash
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