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Understanding the Monga vis--vis famine in Northern Bangladesh


Ara, I and Elahi, KM, Understanding the Monga vis-a-vis famine in Northern Bangladesh, Oriental Geographer, 51, (1-2) pp. 26-43. ISSN 0030-5308 (2007) [Professional, Non Refereed Article]

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The term 'Monga' is purely a local term with a connotation of a range of scarcities that suddenly affects the people of northern Bangladesh during a particular period of the year. A great deal of misconception and misinterpretation prevails among the academics in defining the Monga syndrome in northern Bangladesh. The misunderstanding of the Monga revolves mainly around famine condition, food security or insecurity based on a preconceived notion that hardly takes into account the characteristic connotation of the term as it prevails in the affected area. In fact, the syndrome is very much related to dwindling purchasing power and widespread lack of alternative employment opportunity perpetuating a chronic impoverishment among certain socioeconomic groups in northern Bangladesh - a condition very much away from a famine or near-famine situation and food security problem. Despite its significance in terms of localized crisis and socio-economic consequences, the Monga is still a less understood or misunderstood issue for many people. While attempting to explain the Monga syndrome, this paper establishes the linkages between the Monga and poverty through a generalized theoretical construct. The theoretical construct of the Monga syndrome indicates a depressing and threatening phenomenon for northern Bangladesh.

Item Details

Item Type:Professional, Non Refereed Article
Keywords:Bangladesh, food security, famine, regional development
Research Division:Environmental Sciences
Research Group:Environmental management
Research Field:Environmental management not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Information and Communication Services
Objective Group:Environmentally sustainable information and communication services
Objective Field:Environmentally sustainable information and communication services not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Ara, I (Dr Iffat Ara)
ID Code:129124
Year Published:2007
Deposited By:TIA - Research Institute
Deposited On:2018-11-10
Last Modified:2018-11-13

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