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The book deals with the issues of democracy and development in major South Asian countries. In a comprehensive manner, it draws attention to various aspects like ethnicity, multiculturalism, authoritarianism, economic reforms, trade, armed rebellion, democracy movements, and federal pressures.

While examining the many facets of democracy and development in the region, the various contributors to the volume capture: the discontent in the political sphere within each country; how states navigate a maze of ethnic claims, multicultural compulsions, and separatist insurgencies; and; the region's optimism in economic reforms for development, peace-building processes for security, and democratization.

Societal Responses to Economic Reforms in Bangladesh: The Workers' and Peasants' Movements in the 1980s and 1990s*
Societal responses to economic reforms in Bangladesh: The workers' and peasants' movements in the 1980s and 1990s

Political protest movements and demonstrations against pro-market reforms in Bangladesh were widespread in the decades of the 1980s and 1990s. The urban industrial workers and rural peasants were in the forefront of political resistance to economic reforms. At times, the protest movements assumed such a critical dimension that these dominated the overall political life of the country. Referring to the volatile political environment in Dhaka, the capital city of Bangladesh, Clare Hamphrey, while conducting a USAID (United States Agency for International Development) commissioned study on privatization in Bangladesh, wrote in 1992: ‘Strikes ...

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