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The South Asian nation of Bangladesh has survived a catastrophic cyclone, violent coups and counter-coups, and terrorist attacks. Its history is quite daunting but modern-day Bangladesh is slowly emerging victorious. Dhaka, its capital, is slowly emerging as an economic force in the region. The people's inviting warmth and hospitality only disproves the nation's tainted reputation.
Although Bangladesh only became independent in 1972, its cultural and historical heritage encompasses thousands of years. The nation's darkest moment was in 1970, when a devastating cyclone destroyed the coast of East Pakistan. With the government responding poorly to the crisis, the country became notorious in international eyes. The nation became a parliamentary democracy after its independence, but suffered several coups in the '80s. In response to the corrupt practices and political unrest, a caretaker government was formed to monitor the election in 2007. Thanks to this admirable move, many officials and party members were arrested for their corrupt crimes.
Response to Climate Change
The country's vulnerable landscape is slowly being recovered with astounding environmental policies. Despite Bangladesh's massive poverty and overpopulation, it shows more admirable effort in curbing climate change compared to first world Western countries. Diesel and petrol vehicles are banned in cities. Plastic bags are deemed illegal. To dutifully preserve its natural resources, areas have intensified protection.
Visitors expecting sights reminiscent of the nation's history would be surprised at what its landscape has to offer. A must see is the Cox's Bazar, a beach stretching into infinity. Another equally amazing feat is the Sundarbans, the world's largest mangrove forest. Couples after an off-the-beaten-track destination will enjoy the Kaptai Lake. Not to be forgotten are the Rangamati, Bandarban, and Khagrachori hills, a paradise for hardcore hikers. A closer look into local life is seen in its quaint villages, home to green and yellow fields of mustard and paddy.
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