<%-- Page Title--%> Column <%-- End Page Title--%>

<%-- Volume Number --%> Vol 1 Num 129 <%-- End Volume Number --%>

November 7, 2003

<%-- Navigation Bar--%>
<%-- Navigation Bar--%>
<%-- 5% Text Table--%>

Entreaty for the Holy Month


In this blessed month let us pray that
- unscrupulous businessmen do not horde food items to accelerate unbridled increase in price of essentials
- before the next Ramadan the Ministry of Finance pays timely and due heed to Commerce Ministry onion forewarning (DS 2 November 2003)
- crooked potato traders (that's the traders not the potatoes) do not colour yellow potatoes red with ordinary paint to make them market wise
- dodgy vermicelli manufacturers do not sun-dry their product under the open sky (do not forget the crows) over open drains
- we do not need to cross the New Market area unless we have an extra three hours in hand
- dodgy tailors will keep their word on delivery date
- tailors do not only deliver on chaand raat only one of the three sets ordered
- the law and order situation improves from tomorrow because the Ministry of Home has undertaken a crash programme from before the month of Ramadan
- by 'law and order situation' we mean the same law and order situation that is being discussed at high-level meetings (because if theirs is 'satisfactory' how come ours is not?)
- the halim-seller does not sneeze in front of his haari
- people do not feel and prod Iftar items on display with their hand and then walk away without buying or not buy all that they have touched
- that the head-covering BTV newscasters and announcers do not make the other Dhaka channels appear anti-shariah for this month only
- inter-district bus operators do not multiply the price of tickets by two before the Eid rush begins
- in spite of several drives going on, vehicles are not stopped on the highway to seek chaanda for celebrating Eid
- our cricketers record their second ODI win in history against a Test team before the next Ramadan
- our cricketers record first Test win before the next Ramadan
- India's dangerous river linking project goes awry as they begin to think straight
- the Opposition returns to the House to make our Jatiya Sangsad effective
- in future Oppositions will not boycott the Sangsad for more than a week
- the cassette player works on time at the next international conference that we host
- we can procure a Book of World Flags without the need to go through tender
- Hajj operators do not cheat Hajees
- the media does not lose interest in a corruption case with the occurrence of another corruption case
- people do not view everything as BNP and Awami League
- BNP does not view everything as BNP
- Awami League does not view everything as Awami League
- the practice of godfathers does not encourage the idea of godmothers
- we begin to respect each other
- we mean 'everyone' when we utter 'come, let us all together build this country'
- peace is bestowed on this much-loved nation, although we are very jealous lovers and cannot stand if someone else (belonging to another political party) also loves this country
- we learn to share this country with all those who own it and not feel like only we own it.


(C) Copyright The Daily Star. The Daily Star Internet Edition, is published by The Daily Star