July 25, 2007

India Seems to Hurt Only Our Elites

Consider. Yesterday, when the EC decided to ban the export of old ships to Bangladesh for ship-breaking, the SBA spokesman said that this move will benefit India.

Last year, when garment workers rioted, we heard that all this rioting would benefit Indian garments industry. (Whether this has happened or not, that I don't know.)

Now, it seems according to Dr. Jafar Iqbal (Bangla article in PDF), the closing of the jute mills will REALLY benefit India, especially after India's 2005 Jute Policy (apparently backed by the WB and IMF).

Strangely, no one seems to be talking about that! We don't have any Jamaati types, any BNP-ites or any army-types campaigning for a jute policy to make sure that we don't lose out to India. What's wrong guys/gals? Patriotism got your tongue?


I've said it before and I'll say it again, if you want an EFFECTIVE India-policy from the Bangladeshi state, don't look to these factions to come up with it. They wouldn't know state interest if it hit them on the head.

Final equation: when workers demand fair wages and human rights activists demand safe working conditions, these benefit India. But when governments and industrialists make STUPID decisions..... well, these are hard decisions taken for the interest of the state. Got it?

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