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This is a collection of local flavor and sources of information about Bangladesh, with a focus on individual voices. Please add other sources below. See the Bridge Index style guide for advice on how to list new sources on this page. +/-

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Local blogsEdit

Blogs by Bangladeshis around the world. The country where the blog is based is indicated in the link.


Blogs by persons not of Bangladesh Origin on their experiences in Bangladesh:

Photoblogs:

Source: The Third World View --Rezwan 02:33, 17 Apr 2005 (EDT)

Local newsEdit

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Other informationEdit

Bangladesh is the most densely populated country in the world. The nation, at 982 persons per km², has often been compared to Indonesia's Java.

Bangladesh is ethnically homogenous, with Bengalis comprising 98% of the population. The vast majority speak Bangla, or Bengali. The remaining two percent are mainly Urdu-speaking, non-Bengali Muslims from regions of India such as Bihar. A substantial number of non-Bengali tribal groups inhabit the Chittagong Hill Tracts in the southeast and the Northern regions Bangladesh, including parts of the districts of Mymensingh, Sylhet, Rangpur. Almost all non-Bengali Bangladeshis speak Bangla as a second language.

Most Bangladeshis (about 83%) are Muslims, but Hindus constitute a sizable (16%) minority. There are also a small number of Buddhists, Christians, and Animists. Bengali, an Indo-Aryan language, is written in a script similar to Devanagari. It is the official language, though English is accepted in official tasks and in (higher) education.

Bangladesh is not an Islamist culture or society and is not in danger of being "Talibanised", as alleged by many Western Media. Bangladeshis died in their millions fighting the Islamist state of Pakistan to create a secular, sovereign and democratic state. Despite military coups, Bangladeshis are still wedded to the values on which their country was founded. The rise of right wing Islamist parties and unwanted activities of the extremists endorsed by them had earned some bad name for Bangladesh in recent times. They are filling the vacuum created by the dichotomy between the main poltical parties, BNP & Awami League. However the support for Islamist parties in the last elections was around 5% of the total vote. Bangladesh face the challenge to negate the prejudices against it by the media by portraying the right image of Bangladesh and stride forward towards self sufficiency in cooperation with other countries of the world.

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