Bangladesh’s identity?

Iftekhairun Nisa writes in Bangladesh’s, ‘ Bangladesh has traditionally been receptive to permeation of alien cultures. Bengal Renaissance of the British colonial period was essentially an acceptance of the idea that culture has no borders, but needs to be rediscovered in country-specific terms. Bangladesh peasantry resisted slave mentality sought to be imposed by the British raj by Faraizi movement for over more than a century, but were not averse to send their children to English-oriented schools for adaptation with evolving modernity. In the globalisation process, Bangladeshis are also being beneficially exposed to Western, East Asian, Southeast Asian and Middle Eastern cultures incrementally. None of them, however, threaten our indigenous culture, firmly based on humanitarian values and egalitarian Sufi-Baishnab-Buddhist heritage.

It is a planned cultural invasion of hegemonic kind being vigorously pursued by neighbouring Indian power in the new millennium that is increasingly being perceived as a threat to our national entity by discerning citizens. . . Now a days, many Bangladeshis are imitating Indian language, lifestyle, dress, behavior, dance and music. Bangladesh witnessed a cultural shift during the time of some biggest festivals like Eid and Puja  this year. Bangladeshi markets overflowed with Indian dresses which were sold like hot cake. Cultural clashes are also beginning to take root.
. . . We cannot blame India for this. India has inherited British raj influence and aspires to establish Ram rajya of Mahabharat; but more than that it is selling its products. It is for us the Bangladeshi people to produce TV shows and serials or other cultural products to attract and engage our younger generation, and to defeat the bad influences of foreign cultures. Knowing about others culture is good. But blindly adopting and practicing them will surely do no good. We should preserve and observe our own rituals and custom. As a Bangladeshi we should remember and respect our glorious history and culture as the flagship of our identity.