Bangladesh - from near death to a South Asian success story

That it is ahead of its neighbours in growth rates and other indicators shows nations can overcome dauntingly poor odds.

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Tomorrow, Bangladesh, the youngest South Asian nation, will mark the 50th anniversary of its declaration of independence - one that pitched what was then East Pakistan into a bloody nine-month liberation war.

By the time it gained full independence on Dec 16, 1971, millions had lost their lives while about 10 million people rendered homeless or fled to India."

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 25, 2021, with the headline Bangladesh - from near death to a South Asian success story. Subscribe