to talk with
important thing in life is not to feel intimidated. And I am
not! Submitting this write-up 24 hours in advance of my 'usual'
time has nothing to do with last week's printed rebuttal from
the hallowed desk of SWM (sarcastic women and men). The primary
reason is that I have skipped my usual dose of a round of game
x and thereby saved some time.
was my honourable intention to respond word for word to their
kind okkhors, particularly about me going on like a
'Japanese monorail' (imagine their chutzpah when it is I who
hardly get a chance to say anything in their midst, that is
why I started writing in the first place) and I being 'abnormal'
(Oh! It hurts in the wrong places, and don't even try to find
out where). But, I have to draw in my claws as our attention
is drawn to graver matters.
the downing of yet another journalist, this time the acclaimed
fearless Manik Chandra Saha in Khulna, as barbaric, despicable,
etc. borders on being abusive to what such individuals lived
for. The utterances by the high and low in politics and government
and opposition are an all-too-human ploy to wash all liability
from the difficult but necessary task of bringing the perpetrators
to justice and to find an end to this meaningless violence.
The progress of lawsuits in the murder of eleven journalists
who have lost their lives to anonymous killers in the south
west is pedestrian. Somebody unidentified somewhere unknown
has a grudge against the society and is not in our wavelength;
that is indeed a dangerous situation under which to conduct
the affairs of a country.
buoyant in cloud-cuckoo-land in Dhaka, believing that Khulna
and the events are far removed from their pitha mela, shava
seminars, opening ceremonies and release functions (no
reference to the bailing of the non-bailable by the CMM -- DS
17 January 2003) simply have no idea how deep into mainland
the salinity of Bay of Bengal has penetrated over the past few
is more ripe than now for someone to take the noble initiative
to save our people and to rescue what Manik Chandra Saha, Harunar
Rasheed, Shamsur Rahman and others thrived for by opening a
dialogue, even if over telephone initially, with those believed
to be responsible for the heinous acts. Until then we may even
be blaming the wrong parties and letting the real executors
off the hook. Condemning a nameless factor in the media must
be condemned even by the condemned as frivolous and inconsequential.
are talking with each other, the British had to negotiate with
the Sinn Fein, India and Pakistan are exchanging the olive branch,
the Tamil Tigers are at the same table with the Sri Lankans,
the Bangladesh government had to recognise the grievances of
the Hill people, a Palestine-Israel meeting is considered the
only viable card in the pack to resolve the ME crisis... Let
us therefore surrender our stubbornness and start to seek a
meaningful discussion with those suspected clandestine forces
such that we may even begin to understand what it is they really
want. It may even boil to down to them believing that what they
want is not even on sale in our shop.
If per chance
any one involved with the bombing at the Udichi function, or
on Pahela Baisakh, or in the Mymensingh cinema halls, or at
Sylhet Dargah, or with the spate of violence against journalists,
or with any killings, is reading this piece, we appeal to you
to please offer yourself for a dialogue, even if initially over
telephone, directly or via a media, with the government. We
cannot afford not to listen.
the killings, be it of a journalist or a policeman, of a schoolboy
or a businessman, of a bystander or even a terrorist, as only
yet another terrorist attack, we are essaying a tomb, brick
by brick, of our hard earned independence and democracy. It
is desirable for our future that these values should outlive