The Bangladesh perspective
Bangladesh is a comparatively young country, having become a separate entity only relatively recently. After having been part of the British Raj and then pre-Independence India, Bengal province was divided into what became known as East Pakistan in 1947. Following the IndoPakistani war in 1971, the country became independent and was renamed Bangladesh. The history of the country is strongly influenced by a number of external factors, and this is reflected in its growth and development, both in general as well as in medicine and psychiatry. The nation’s history is also reflected in its agricultural, industrial and socio-economic development.