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Sunday, 27 January 2008

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Former US secretary of state Henry Kissinger on Friday declined to make any comment on his remarks calling post-independence Bangladesh a 'basket case'. 'That was a moment in 1974. I won't make any comment on that issue now,' he said as he was reminded of his harsh remarks he made 33 years ago.

Octogenarian Kissinger, who is now in Davos to join the high-profile World Economic Forum conference of world's most influential political and financial leaders, initially could not recall his remarks saying 'Bangladesh is a bottomless basket.'

He actually made the comment as he visited Dhaka on a short trip in 1974 after it emerged as an independent nation after nine months of war of independence in 1971 despite his opposition as the foreign minister of the world's most powerful country. But many economists later theorised the comment as 'basket case theory' in economics exposing Bangladesh to embarrassment for decades together in the international arena.

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