Article on Bird Flu
I'm a regular reader of Daily Star as well as SWM.
An article in the last issue of SWM titled "Flu
Outbreak: An Approaching Nightmare" by Md. Sorowar
Hossain drew my attention. The whole planet is now
facing the threat of such emerging viral disease.
My thanks to Mr. Sorowar and the Editor of the SWM
for this article.
Dr. Chowdhury Jalal Uddin
Shameful attack on writer Humayun Azad
My family and I were stunned when we saw the newspaper
reports on the 28th of February regarding the attacks
on prominent writer Humayun Azad. We are sorry to
see such news. What a horrible incident! We live in
a modern society and are running wild. I am ashamed
that we cannot provide a writer a safe and sound environment
in which he can express his views on society without
any worry of danger. Certain professors claim that
it could be a political attack. However I don't think
these people know Professor Humayan Azad very well.
He is a writer and professor and has not involved
himself with petty politics. We must come together
and stop such attacks on writers.
Sydney-born and bred, I read Ahmed Imran's article
on Aussie culture (SWM, 27 February) with a smile.
Although it may be difficult to discern, some of the
words Mr Imran referred to, they do in fact have links
to English. For instance 'ute' has evolved from 'utility
vehicle' and 'bewdy' comes from 'beautiful'. Both
expressions are examples of the fine Aussie tradition
of abbreviating. 'Skippy' or 'Skip' has its origins
in a popular TV show from the 1960's -- Skippy 'the
bush kangaroo'. 'Dunny' has its origins in old regional
English and is linked to the word 'dung'. 'Shonky'
has thankfully left behind its unfortunately anti-Semitic
origins. However like Mr Imran, I too am puzzled by
the origin of the expression 'dinki-di', which has
come to mean 'genuinely Aussie'. 'Dinki di' is probably
related to the expression 'fair dinkum', which is
used more broadly to describe something as 'genuine'.
Sometimes unselfconscious use of Aussie slang has
unintended consequences. When I address my sister-
in- law for example as 'darl' (as in 'darling', but
pronounced with an Aussie accent as 'daal')- it reduces
her to the status of lentil but thankfully she has
a sense of humour and doesn’t mind.
I would like to thank SWM for providing us with the
opportunity to learn more about the bio piracy of
big companies, in the article titled "Patenting
Chapati," (February 27 issue). We should raise
our voice with Greenpeace to protect the root level
interest of Indian farmers and also to uphold domestic
research. At the same time we have every right to
be updated on the development of our own researchers
and their results in different institutions like jute,
rice, sugarcane, or even in the science laboratory.
Kh. Mujibur Rahman
for the Heart Touching Photos
Being a Naogaon resident I was very pleased to see
the photos published in SWM. The pictures were able
to define our existence and our attachment to earth.
They are as simple as the mind of Naogaon dwellers.
I hope to see similar pictures in your magazine again.
S.M Hasanuzaman (Dulal)
Liberation War Museum
Bangladesh Liberation War Museum was established at
Segunbagicha in Dhaka more than two decades after
our independence -- when our war-ravaged country was
born by a sea of the blood of our martyrs and the
tears of millions of parents, wives, children, and
relatives. It bears testimony to our heroes' struggles
and sacrifices. I got the opportunity to visit this
museum as a member of a martyr family for my brother,
Shaheed Lieutenant Anwarul Azim, MA, LLB. The uniform
and a photo of my brother is in the museum, as we
could not find his body, was very touching for all
my family members. However, I feel that the museum
should be more developed and well preserved. Our government
should arrange foreign State Guests, tourists, delegations
of journalists, cultural troupes, and sports teams
to pay visits to this museum and honour the martyrs
of 1971. I urge the government, politicians, philanthropists
and businessmen to pay more attention helping to preserve
our history and roots. I heartily congratulate the
authority of the museum for the heroic task of establishing
it with their hearts.
Mohammad Anwarul Quadir
Our Beleaguered Home Minister
Lately, the home minister's infantile remarks have
been putting me off. It is not clear to me as to why
this government is not getting rid of him. When it
comes to maintenance of law and order, Altaf Hossain
Chowdhury and his cronies have miserably failed to
improve it. The situation has turned grave; and, thanks
to his indifference, it is tittering on the brink
of total chaos. To rub salt on the wound of the general
people, he has been muttering nonsense since BNP has
come to power in 2001. The police have become one
of the most corrupt intuitions in the country. Deterioration
of law and order, coupled with this government's nepotism
and indifference, have made the country a virtual
hell for the general public. The Bangladesh Nationalist
Party has, in fact, created a monster, which will
surely gobble its creator up one day.