The movement for Bangladesh was carried forward in the name of creating Sonar Bangla (Golden Bengal). Implicit in the idea of Sonar Bangla was the vision of a society economically prosperous, free of exploitation, democratically governed, tolerant of pluralism and respectful of people's rights.
This study, a collection of articles by some of the best known scholars on Bangladesh, is an attempt to analyze how the country has performed in the three decades since her independence. The book presents a complex picture of the gradual evolution of interactions between state, society and external actors.
The volume is designed to serve as a standard textbook for courses on Bangladesh and South Asian studies.