In late 2007 there was a deep rumble in the tropical waters of the Bay of Bengal. A few hours after the cyclone Sidr crushing southwest of Bangladesh, the world’s media and aid organizations were under way and Bangladesh was about to find itself pulled out of the darkness, and again feature the world community as a “basket case” a classic (as Henry Kissinger once described the country) of a disaster. The images and stories that emerged from Bangladesh, at this time showed an entire country on its knees, but that was only half true a few hours after the storm hit, most of the country was back up and running .
This was not the first time that Bangladesh had been dismissed as a nation without hope, and probably not the last. But no matter what the opinion of the rest of the world is this dynamic country proudly considers himself to be an active participant in an increasingly global community. Despite his stuttering development and weight of the historical tragedy it entails, is a nation responsible for the perseverance and promise, and one we can all learn a thing or two. To the great irony is that while the images of devastation were broadcast nightly in Western households and spoke of a humanitarian disaster, no one bothered to say that Bangladesh could make the good news. In the years before the cyclone Sidr, the country has been quietly doing something considered impossible in the rich western countries – the prohibition of all petrol and diesel vehicles from large cities (and, if things are going to plan, the entire nation) and its replacement with cleaner alternatives. If you struggle for air filter is not enough, have also banned plastic bags and created a wave of national parks and protected areas.
The same is true for the country’s tourism profile. Most of the world considers to Bangladesh to be a flat pan country. However, within this framework page are primitive swamps filled Tiger Sundarbans National Park, unseen relics of long forgotten Buddhist kingdoms in Rangamati, lush tea plantations and creepy about Srimangal groups, tribal faces Burma Bazaar glorious beaches that stretch for Cox eternity, freshwater dolphins and whales in deep waters, and some of the most open-hearted people who will never have the honor of meeting. This is a country where the real adventure is not only a possibility but a certainty. You can chug under a mile wide, brown river snail on a ship of the 19th century, fish with otters, and honey hunting the world’s deadliest. All this in a country whose highest peak is as high as the highest mountain in Scotland.
Just goes to show how much the world must learn about the country trendsetter, impressive and hard working is Bangladesh.