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July 18, 2003

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Good Story on Zafar Iqbal

Thank You SWM!! It was really a great opportunity to explore Muhammed Zafar Iqbal -- one of my favorite personalities, in last week's cover story. Thanks to Shamim Ahsan for his brilliant effort.
Not only a popular writer but also a famous columnist, Zafar Iqbal, is an inspiring character to the young generation of our country. It is rare for a talented person like him to take teaching as a profession in a public university outside the capital, especially since he had such great opportunities in the US! A country like Bangladesh, where the honourable prime minister and the leader of the opposition keep themselves busy by calling each other 'Taliban, needs more dedicated people like Zafar Iqbal to step forward towards the arena of Information and Communication Technology.
I wish for more contributions from Zafar Iqbal to humanity and obviously for the country. May Allah bless him in all aspects in the hereafter.

Shaheen Reza
North South University

Justice Should Be Inevitable

The story “Death to a Rapist, Norm or Exception?” by Aasha Mehreen Amin was both insightful as well as eye opening. I have always liked that SWM makes efforts to focus on issues that are relevant to our society. It is these thought provoking issues that we must concentrate on in order to improve our country's law and order system. I applaud the bold statements that SWM makes of not being afraid to speak out against injustice and help define what is wrong and what is right. It is sad that when crimes such as rape are punished, it comes as a surprise for us. Justice should be inevitable, and not a once-in-a-blue-moon occurrence. Thanks once again to Aasha Mehreen Amin for bringing this to our attention.


Public Reading Rooms Necessary

Last week's letter on the importance of public reading rooms caught my attention. I would like to congratulate Hadiul Islam Bhuiyan (Anwar). I, too, support the establishment of public rooms. It is an old idea for a foreign country but a new concept for us. If our government sets up some form of public reading rooms, it would be very helpful for students of all backgrounds. It would especially be helpful in rural areas where there is not enough public reading space and no suitable options at home either. Our government should ensure a proper reading environment in addition to other educational facilities. Thus reading rooms should be opened for students with a separate reading section for female students. I hope our government takes this into account and thinks about the importance of establishing public reading rooms in the near future.

Afroza Sultana
University of Dhaka

Why 'Dhaka' Diary?

I am writing about the Dhaka Diary section of your magazine, which I find very interesting. Some time back, there was a letter written by Mithun Kumar Das of CU suggesting a change in the Dhaka Diary column. It would be better if the name could be changed as it is a little biased towards the people who live in Dhaka. What about the rest of Bangladesh? I felt really happy that my own thoughts were reflected through someone else's writing but I was a little taken aback when I found no answer to the letter. I mean, it was a question that was directed towards the magazine but it did not get a reply.
Abu Sahadat Mohammad Omair

Middle Rampura
Eidgah, Chittagong

Dear Omair,
Thank you for the point you made. If we get enough anecdotes for our Dhaka Diary section from people outside Dhaka then we would be glad to change the title of the column. We are always ready for new ideas but we have to get enough responses from our contributors. Why don't you take the initiative by sending in diary accounts from Chittagong?

-- SWM

Traffic Jams

It is the monsoon season and the weather is always clammy with moisture. The last thing that we desire it to sweat, but that is an impossible task when one has to pass through Mohakhali. The place is so congested that it takes about thirty minutes to cross 200 feet distance. This takes longer when our noble army denies the free entry into Cantonment during certain hours, even after the government has given permission to let light vehicles pass during the daytime. What about the people commuting by buses or riders? Why do they have to go through this 'congested hell' when they wish to go to Farmgate? Can there not be another route that takes people from Uttara to Farmgate through Cantonment? I think the government should come up with at least a temporary solution to solve the commuters problem.

A concerned denizen

Great cover on Zafar Iqbal

Your cover story on the 4th of July on Zafar Iqbal was really impressive. Though I haven't had the pleasure of reading any of his books, the story made me really happy and gave me hope. I was inspired to read the story of the child that grew up to become a writer, and finally, a reputed personality. It is really hard to target books for all generations, and Zafar Iqbal has done a lot to master this fine art. He has a level of writing that makes little children squeal with excitement and a similar excitement can be felt in his adult targets. My complements go to Shamim Ahsan for his wonderful story that has brought out not just a fine writer, but an idol for others to follow.

Azizul Hoq, Cox's Bazar

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