NEW DELHI :
Former Indian diplomat Veena Sikri first visited Bangladesh in 1991 as head of the Indian Council for Cultural Relations. The drive from the airport to her destination was dominated by greenery. “It was a turning point year which saw the end of military rule and democracy make a comeback," she recalled. Infrastructure was clearly a work in progress.
Returning after over a decade, in 2003, as India’s high commissioner to Dhaka, Sikri noticed palpable changes—high rises taking the place of single-floor bungalows as the upwardly mobile moved into apartments and shops gave way to malls. The streets were choc-a-bloc with reconditioned Japanese cars. In the countryside, agriculture was booming with farmers getting three crops a year from their fields.
Hi! You've read all your free articles To Continue Reading,
Articles by celebrated columnists
A differentiated perspective
The best of Wall Street Journal