Dr Atiur Rahman has worked for a long time in BIDS (Bangladesh Institute for Development Studies) and is now also the chairman of the nonprofit research institute Unnayan Shamunnay. Currently he is a Professor in the Department of Development Studies, University of Dhaka, and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Shamunnay, a centre for research and development in Bangladesh.
Atiur Rahman is one of the most popular public intellectuals in Bangladesh working and speaking on diverse areas of development. In this exclusive interview with VOA Bangla Service, Atiur Rahman compares and contrasts the economic programs of Awami League and BNP, the two major parties contending to get majority in the parliament.
Professor Rahman says that although both the parties have a lot in common as far as the economic programs and commitments are concerned, Awami League's election manifesto seems to have more details and it sets the objectives within a specific time frame.