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Water Resource Development in Bangladesh: Historical Documents

Salim Rashid (Editor) Rezaur Rahman (Editor)
Synopsis The role of water in a rice economy such as Bangladesh is of such overwhelming importance that one would be hard-pressed to overemphasize it. In order for there to be effective democratic decision making the people need to be informed. And yet one is struck by the fact that there are no readily available texts on the history or economics of the subject--and the few books that are available are reactions to the water projects that have been proposed or have been undertaken. The policies acted upon has been undertaken on the basis of reports to the government, but even these professional reports, on which so many projects were undertaken, are scarce and moth-eaten.
This collection is based on the belief that the role for water in the macro-economy of Bangladesh should be decided with proper historical perspective. We should know how we got where we are if we wish to take stock and decide how to move to where we wish to go.

The documents reproduced in this volume focus purely on twentieth century reports and studies. Even here, one finds a discontinuity in the literature prior to the independence of Bangladesh and that which came subsequently. The period to 1972 shows a limited number of works while subsequently, particularly after 1988, there is a true explosion of interest. Fortunately, most of the later studies are actually available--though not readily -- but can be accessed with some effort. Therefore, we have limited this collection to the most influential studies undertaken prior to the independence of Bangladesh. It is our hope that the perspective provided by these historical documents will encourage more discussion and popular engagement in an issues of central importance to the people of Bangladesh and generate interest around the role of water management in the future of Bangladesh. With the current environmental concerns that have propelled a sense of urgency regarding water resource management, this book will be a very relevant source of knowledge.
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About the author

Salim Rashid

Salim Rashid studied at the London School of Economics and received his doctorate in economics from Yale University. He is a professor of economics at the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana. He has taught at Dartmouth College and has been a visiting professor at different universities including Concordia University, Canada. Professor Rashid has received numerous honors including a fellowship from the American Institute of Bangladesh Studies. He is the author of several books on a variety of topics such as the history of economic thought, mathematical economics, and the economy of Bangladesh.

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Title Water Resource Development in Bangladesh: Historical Documents
Format Hardcover
Date published: 31.12.2010
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 9789848815168
length 501p., 24cm.