story on Bangabandhu
are thankful to SWM in general and Ahmede Hussain
in particular for the excellent piece titled "A
Turbulent Political Career". It is a precise
and an objective write up. It tells of a most neglected
part of an important historical phase of our history.
Ever since the death of Bangabandhu, I was trying
to locate a publication on Bangabandhu as a politician
and as a family man at least in the form of a biographical
note but totally failed to get one. Here in his well-researched
article, Hussain has presented us, at least the part
on Bangabandhu's post independence political role
and functions thoroughly as an objective observer.
Herein we get an inkling of Sheikh Mujib the head
of the state and a politician.
Ahmede identifies major flaws in actions of Banga-bandhu,
such as the removal of Tajuddin Ahmed, the man who
lead the nation to independence; forming of the Rokkhi
Bahini as a tool of his party; introducing one party
rule by suspending the constitution-- "which
any country could be proud of, "imposing BKSAL
by negating "guaranteed every basic rights of
the citizens"--- and "letting the administration
go awry where " . . . the corruption, nepotism,
monopolisation of the state contracts by the ruling
party" were the order of the day along with smuggling
by a section of party men.
As luck would have it that most of the above wrongs
are, still, the same in one form or the other even
after thirty-three years of our independence.
These are stumbling blocks on our way to good governance
and achieving the status of a self-respecting nation.
Finally, we are looking forward for many such exclusive
but objective articles from Ahmede in days to come.
Want to See the ETV Again
television is our nationalised television but its
standard is so bad that we find it difficult to watch.
When a few years ago Ekushey Television was established,
we, the viewers all across the country, were very
happy. We thought that now we have a standard Bangla
channel that is comparable to any good tv channel
and, perhaps for importantly, no more we have to depend
on Hindi channels for our regular share of television
entertainment. ETV showed us lots of quality programmes
like drama, cinema, music programmes, magic shows,
circus, talk Show, quiz programmes, agricultural and
educational programmes, cartoons, games, English movies
and what not? Lots of producers also came forward
to make programmes and many new people invested money.
We are now reading in the newspaper that ETV is now
ready to go on air once again, but it is not happening
for legal complexities or some other unknown reasons.
Whatever the reasons are the government should take
initiative to help this channel go on air for the
sake of millions of its fans across the country.
Nothing if not Serious
am an avid reader of your magazine. Though I love most
of the articles you print my latest favourite is certainly
“Nothing if not serious” by Shawkat Hossain. Right from
his first write-up on 'homecoming' he has been a great
read. It is surprising, the way he presents his stories
are interesting and they are such easy reading. The
article on the Gregorian where he relates how he was
almost led into a career he would make a colossal failure,
not to mention the happy sweet memories of his teachers,
classes, peers were very enjoyable. His last write-up
on the brutal police attack on the female students of
Shamsunnahar Hall authorised by a headstrong and powerloving
VC last year was also very good. Thanks to SWM for including
such a brilliant column. I wish it were weekly instead
of being byweekly, as it is at present.
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