|Making of a Nation Bangladesh
An Economist’s Tale
ISBN 984 05 1666 3 2003 502pp 215x136mm HB Tk.550.00 US$27.00
Professor Nurul Islam provides a penetrating analysis of the evolving struggle of the Bengali’s with Pakistan government’s policies on economic issues that led to the birth of Bangladesh. He also provides an insight into the important landmark economic policy issues during Bangladesh’s formative years.
The book begins by providing for the first time an insider’s view of many little known aspects or subjects of economic debates and negotiations with Pakistan that caused the great divide between East and West Pakistan. He also examines in great detail the far reaching implications of Awami League’s Six Point Programme, which was not fully understood by many at that time.
In his capacity as the Deputy Chairman of the first Bangladesh Planning Commission he was not only intimately associated with but also had a unique insight into both the underlying rationale, the process of decision making and of governance in those formative years.
The interpretation or assessment of some of these policy issues and developments remains a subject of considerable controversy. Professor Islam’s analysis is seen as a major contribution to the debate which attempts to fill many gaps in facts and interpretation. In the concluding part of the book, he discusses a few policy issues of contemporaneous importance for Bangladesh in the light of the past and for the purposes of the future.
In his analysis of the major issues and incidents, he has drawn on his personal notes as well as on many hitherto unpublished reports, documents and communications, a few of which are reproduced in the book.
The book will be particularly useful for students, teachers and policy makers as well as those interested in the political economy of nation building.
Professor Nurul Islam was successively (1955-1975), Professor of Economics, Dhaka University, Director of the Pakistan Institute of Development Economics, (later Bangladesh Institute of Development Studies), Deputy Chairman of the first Planning Commission of Bangladesh. From 1975 onwards he was Fellow at St. Antony’s College at Oxford University, Assistant Director General of the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organisation and Advisor and later Emeritus Fellow at the International Food Policy Research Institute.
He held several visiting academic appointments at Yale and Cambridge Universities and both
London and Netherlands School of Economics. He was a member and later the Chairman of the UN Committee of Development Planning Policy.
He has written extensively on various aspects of trade, development, food security and public policy. Among his published books are: Development Planning in Bangladesh: A Study in Political Economy (UPL, l979, reprint l993), Development Strategy of Bangladesh (Pergamon, 1978), Foodgrain Price Stabilization in Developing Countries: Issues and Experiences in Asia (IFPRI, 1996) and Exploration in Development Issues: Selected Articles of Nurul Islam (Ashgate, 2003).