Social and Psychological Sources of Power of Bangladesh

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Social And Psychological Sources Of Power Of Bangladesh


Power is the ability of an actor to use its tangible and intangible resources in such a way so as to influence the outcome of any international event to its own satisfaction. Power can be derived from three sources which are natural; social and psychological and also synthetic. Although all the sources of power are necessary, as natural power is considered as the backstopping power, synthetic as the hardware power and social and psychological as the software power. Thus social power is needed to support other two sources of power. Here we have discussed about the components of social and psychological power on the context of Bangladesh.

The People's Republic of Bangladesh is a country in South Asia. It is bordered by India on all sides except for a small border with Burma (Myanmar) to the far southeast and by the Bay of Bengal to the south. Political and linguistic discrimination as well as economic neglect led to popular agitations against West Pakistan, which led to the Bangladesh Liberation War in 1971 and the establishment of Bangladesh.

Bangladesh is a secular state. We are unified by the Bengali nationalism. Nearly all the people speak Bengali language and we are proud of the fact of being the only nation in the world to fight for language. We are also proud of being Bengali and our independence from Pakistan Even though there are some indigenous people but the size is insignificant. Islam is the largest religion followed by Hinduism, Buddhism and Christianity. There are some minor religious clashes but we are strongly united by our Bengali nationality. This unity is a form of power as this factor was crucial in our victories over the powerful Pakistan in 1971.

Bangladesh views other states as friends. We have a good relation with our neighbors. Still some doubts the role and motive of India, the regional superpower. Bangladesh's...
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