Saturday, October 20, 2007

Are we seeing future of Bangladesh here?

This picture is from a multi-national peacekeeping exercise carried out in Rajendrapur Cantonment in 2002. The Bangladesh Army hosted this nine-nation exercise dubbed “SHANTEE DOOT” (ambassador of peace). The other participating countries were: India, Mongolia, Madagascar, Mauritius, Nepal, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, and the United States.

Begum Khaleda Zia, the then Prime Minister, inaugurated this event where she told the audience: “It is my firm belief that this training will have a far-reaching and significant impact on peacekeepers for successful operation in multinational environment in the days to come.”

To get a feel of this ‘multinational environment in the days to come’, the picture shows the U.S. soldiers are checking local villagers as they go through the food distribution lane run by the Royal Nepal Army.

Are we seeing future of Bangladesh here?

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