by Downs Jim

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Gallery: Asia - Southern - Bangladesh - Rural SE

Tags: painam rural bangladesh seeking critique

Category: Journalism

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Published: Tuesday 19th of January 2010 08:00:50 AM


Jim Downs
Painam Village Wealthy Hindu cloth merchants built several dozen stately mansions in an hour east of Dhaka, in the 19c. As religious tensions rose among Hindus and Muslims, the owners were forced to abandon them and move to safer quarters. For awhile they sent money to their servants to keep the homes in good repair. Eventually, they realized they would never return and the building fell into disrepair. The government has boarded them up to keep out squatters but nothing is being done to return them to their former splendor.

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