Dhaka: Past, Present, Future - Sharif Uddin AhmedDhaka: The Asiatic Society of Bangladesh, 1991, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Good Dust Wrapper. Heavily faded at the spine of the dust wrapper which is fixed to the pastedowns. Text complete, clean and tight but with a small book shop stamp to the title page.
Includes: Black & white photographs; Maps; Tables; Number 60 in the series.
From the cover: “Dhaka Past Present Future is a collection of articles presented at an International Symposium on the City of Dhaka, held in November 1989 under the auspices of the Asiatic Society of Bangladesh. The dominant thought behind the Symposium was to trace the progress of urbanisation in Bangladesh by making a case study of Dhaka. A systematic study of the metropolis from its remote past to the present time was envisaged. The forty-two articles included here dwells on a broad spectrum of Dhaka’s history and development and would go a long way to fulfil that objective.
Among the articles included here many dwell on the rich historical, cultural and architectural heritage of Dhaka. Others throw light on the contribu-tions which the city had made in the fields of trade, commerce and manufactures; and in educational, literary and political developments throughout its hinterland and beyond.
The concern of the present generation as reflected in some of the articles is to guide the future development and growth of Dhaka in a manner that meets the needs of a populous and modern city. The articles on economic and industrial life of the present day Dhaka, and the rapid growth of slums and squatter-settlements and the related issues, have highlighted the contemporary problems of the city.
Though some authors have expressed pessimistic views about the future of the city, others are more hopeful. There is also an article which conjectures on how the city would look in the year 2025.
This anthology on Dhaka, by lighting up some of the successes and failures of the past and near contemporary periods would we hope, contribute constructively to the debate on its possible future.”