Tuesday, March 22, 2005

BANGLADESH : Foreign Office and country's image

Some of the Awami League lawmaker's remarks in the committee are more than a little hyperbolized, symbolic of both the exaggeration-prone nature of the average Bangladeshi as well as of the dysfunctional blindly partisan nature of politics in this country. Therefore, to dismiss as futile any governmental effort at image improvement is churlish, and may be construed as an attempt at endorsing, in a backhanded manner, the negative propaganda, especially those that are of cutting one's nose to spite one's face variety, that the opposition engages in. For the country's sake, and not for any narrow partisan interest, Bangladesh's image has to be enhanced. As a matter of fact, it has to be picked up almost from scratch. It will be a tall order, but it can be done. And the MFA with its External Publicity wing at home, and the press wing in the foreign missions, will have to shoulder the major load in image building...........More