As a science lover, I would like to thank the SWM
for opening a new section named "Time Out"
from the 384 no. issue. "Unbelievable Queen Sack"
&"Star of India"(by Patzer) was very
interesting. I hope this magazine continues to print
more such interesting items.
I also loved your cover story this week. These days,
violence against women and children is very common
in our <>purushtantrik (male-centred) society.
We celebrate International Women's Day every year
and implement new laws but many women are being oppressed
by marriages of convenience. The daily newspapers
report of many different types of violence against
women such as issues concerning dowry, acid throwing,
kidnapping, polygamy, rape, sexual harassment and
so on. It is a shame that equal rights have not been
the beginning Islam has upheld and defined women's
rights and their status in society. However, being
Muslims we have failed to establish them in ours.
In Bangladesh, there are rules and regulations but
they are not administrated appropriately. I came to
know that Bangladesh National Women Lawyers Association
(BNWLA) has been actively involved in providing opportunities
and help for women and children who are victims of
violence. I welcome BNWLA's steps. Above all, I would
like to thank SWM for selecting this topic for women’s
Kushtia Govt.University College, Kushtia
Attempt to Kill an Intellectual
I felt strangulated as soon as I read the news on
the brutal attempt to kill Dr. Humayan Azad, a celebrated
intellectual. No one can deny the fact that to kill
an intellectual is to kill the conscience of a nation.
It is an infernal crime, for which the criminals will
never be redeemed from -- even through capital punishment.
Intellectuals express their invaluable opinions in
a nation's hour of crisis. An assassination attempt
on an intellectual of any country is a machination
to annihilate a nation. Therefore, I ask the law enforcing
agency and related offices to take appropriate action
against the criminals and to wipe out such diabolic
acts from our country.
Kanak Lata Parbati
Life and Culture
I'm a regular reader of the SWM, which I admit to
be a detailed magazine with outstanding contributions.
It was nice to read a reader's demand on the issue
of March 5, 2004, to incorporate two pages of 'Islamic
life and culture' into your popular magazine. 'Real
Islam' is now completely blurred to the general readers,
as the so called fundamentalists and the extremists,
terrorising under Islam's pretext have made our relationship
with real Islam a lengthy process. We don't even know
what that is, whereas we're supposed to keep ourselves
related to it at every step of our lives. I believe
that, with me, thousands of other readers will enjoy
reading a page in which Muslim readers will be sending
their life related problems, which will be answered
and solved by any educated Muslim ALEM (expert) --
of course on the base of the Quran and the Hadith.
KGS School, Dhaka
The continuous routine of hartals has convinced me
that all the political parties in our country lack
patriotism. People have been falling victim to these
hartals, which are causing hatred in the hearts of
the public. It is becoming blatantly obvious that
none of these politicians think about the well being
and development of the country.
Marvelous! I'm really impressed with the, February
27 issue of SWM. The best article was the cover story
on Bibi Russell --"Weaver of Coloured Dreams
". But I would like to note that nothing is excellent
without the sense of individualism. Bibi was an eminent
supermodel, no doubt, but by going "back to the
basics" -- she has highlighted our weavers. The
cover story would be over the top, if it added Bibi's
moment with the Queen of Spain, which has occurred
I also feel that along with regular columns, SWM should
also add a new column on technology.
Md. Ariful Islam
Kajalie Shehreen Islam's cover story on 27th February
on Bibi Russel, while comprehensive, suffers grievously
from misinformation. We are really fed up with journalists
swallowing everything claimed by Ms. Russel without
checking out the veracity of her claims. No individual,
however glamorous, can possibly provide employment
for 35,000 weavers. A weaver can make six to eight
yards of fabric or four to six gamchas a day. How
much fabric and how many gamchas a year does that
make for her to market? Ms. Russel got a tremendous
start thanks to her work with Grameen Bank when Muhammad
Younus introduced her to the weaving villages as well
as UNESCO as well as Queen Sophia. Her so-called "first
European show in Paris," was, in fact, Grameen's
show, "Weavers of Bangladesh," at UNESCO.
She should have the grace and honesty to acknowledge
Grameen's contribution to her great launch in the
world of textiles in Bangladesh.
number of individuals and organisations have dedicated
time, effort and expertise to the development and
marketing of Bangladesh's handlooms. Much had been
achieved before Ms. Russel arrived on the horizon.
The difference is that she has the media hype while
the others do the real work. It is outrageous how
blatantly she makes her claims and the media swallows
them hook, line and sinker. How about doing a little
background research yourselves? It is the least you
owe your readers.