English question paper (1st paper) of the ongoing
HSC exam includes an option for writing a paragraph
about a certain topic bearing 10 marks. Despite the
fact that nearly ten percent of the HSC Examinees
are from religious faiths other than Islam, this topic
was on Eid-ul-Fitr, one of the biggest festivals for
the Muslims. It is shocking that the question-makers
could select such a religious topic for a public examination.
We can easily understand the confusion non-Muslim
pupils suffer at such questions. The introduction
of this incoherent topic in HSC exam not only exposes
naked communal attitudes, but also showed drastic
irresponsibility of the examination board.
Manners Should Be Cultivated
days, when a person sees a student, they automatically
feel fear because of their infamous brutal nature.
Even when we are admitted into university, our own
parents feel anxious and worry about our security.
Why is this happening? Is our curriculum failing to
provide us with proper knowledge on how to conduct
ourselves? If our education fails to make us modest
and cultured, then what is the use of earning certificates?
Many of us students do not know how to behave with
people, such as rickshaw-pullers and conductors in
buses. If this is the situation in our society what
will happen to it? How will we grow as a nation and
I think good manners should be taught to students
in every level of educational institutions. It should
be cultivated in our academic society, and especially
in our families because “courtesy begins at home.”
Every religion advises modesty, honesty and discretion
among its people. It is a universal truth that religion
makes a man modest, tolerant, polite, courteous and
I hope that the government as well as the concerned
authority will think about this and take the necessary
steps to get rid of this disgraceful and frustrating
Islam Bhuiyan (Anwar)
University of Chittagong
cover story under the title of " Empowerment
for peace peace for empowerment" in the weekly
magazine of the Daily Star was really marvellous and
worth reading. It was such a timely initiative!!!
What greatly enthralled me was the wake-up call by
the women of the Subcontinent who are determined to
bring back the peace in this political climate of
South Asia. Though I am not quite at one with some
points uttered in the conference, I must say, it was
really an innovative and thought provoking way of
lobbying for peace.
It is pleasing to note that, over the centuries, women
have been behind peace be it in family or on the battlefield.
The women who spoke in the function really emphasised
on establishing peace, giving a clear message to the
audience and the readers of SWM: the only way to cur
the intense level of hatred and political division
in South Asia is bringing peace in the region.
I must thank SWM for covering this issue. I am sure;
this will encourage lot of women of our country to
work towards peace and put attention to this matter.
I salute the organisers of the move and wish them
a grand success of the monumental effort.
Middlesex university, London, UK.