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Bangladesh shows how to be a ‘responsible player’ on global stage: Radwan Mujib

Bangladesh has shown one can be a “responsible player” on the global stage focusing on the most vulnerable to ensure equitable growth, says Radwan Mujib Siddiq.

Radwan, a trustee of the Centre for Research & Information (CRI), made the observation in the editorial note of the sixth issue of WhiteBoard, the country’s first policy-based magazine.

“At a time when many countries are turning their backs on people fleeing wars and persecution, Bangladesh is sheltering over a million people (Rohingyas) who’re unable to return to their homeland,” he said.

Paying tribute to the Liberation War heroes, he writes, “As we remember those who led Bangladesh to victory 50 years ago, it is time to firmly fix our gaze on the future. Beyond the impressive gains in economic and human development, what does Bangladesh want to be known for?

“What are the hallmarks of the Bangladesh model, and are they being clearly articulated at home and abroad?” said Radwan, grandson of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.

The strategy consultant and youth advocate said in this WhiteBoard issue, they look at how focusing on the most vulnerable has paid dividends for Bangladesh, and how it can continue to shape policymaking for the next five decades and beyond.

In the sixth issue, Binayek Sen takes an in-depth look at Bangladesh’s performance as a poverty reducing country in comparison to other top performers such as India, China and Vietnam.

Protecting the most vulnerable must extend beyond borders, and Bernard Doyle from the UNHCR writes about the Rohingya humanitarian response in Cox’s Bazar. He shares findings of a survey where the top priority for the Rohingya remains a return to their homeland.

He also argues that it is time to renew the repatriation efforts among the three main stakeholders — Bangladesh, Myanmar and Rohingya refugees.

Bina D’Costa examines the legal avenues available to pursue justice for the Birangonas, women who were victims of sexual violence during Bangladesh’s Liberation War in 1971. She charts the growth of women’s movements in the country and points to what more shall be done for them.

The magazine can be accessed for free

This initiative complements other efforts of the CRI such as the launching of “Mujib”, a graphic novel based on the life and vision of young Mujib which is the first of its kind in Bangladesh in terms of comic-style narration on the life of a historical figure.

WhiteBoard features the whole gamut of policy issues with in-depth contributions from globally acclaimed researchers, academics, and experts.

The first issue of the magazine extensively covered the futuristic policies and strategies undertaken by Bangabandhu, often missed out because most remember his fiery speeches and indomitable courage.

Source: United News of Bangladesh