Professor Rehman Sobhan along with other nationalist economists contributed to the drafting of six-points programme that became the basis for the struggle for autonomy in the then East Pakistan. The various writings of the young Cambridge trained economist Sobhan on regional disparity between West Pakistan (present day Pakistan) and East Pakistan (present day Bangladesh) played a successful role in fomenting nationalist aspiration. During the liberation War of Bangladesh he was a roving ambassador of Bangladesh lobbying for Bangladesh in the United States.
He continues to be an active in economic research and policy debates first with Bangladesh Institute of Development Studies (BIDS) and later he founded the Center for Policy Dialogue, a leading Think Tank in South Asia. Currently he is the chairman of CPD. CPD contributes on the important policy issues and arranges open public discussions.
In an exclusive interview with VOA Bangla Service, Professor Rehman Sobhan recalls his early days , his role during the War of Liberation in Bangladesh and talks about the future of Bangladesh economy.
He has authored over two dozens books and numerous articles both in professional journals as well as popular media. He was also made an advisor of the Caretaker Government in Bangladesh in 1990-91.