My special thanks goes to Mr. Ahmede Hussain and the
editor of SWM for making my Friday morning so enjoyable
with your exclusive cover story about the recent incident
involving Dr. Humayan Azad. It was really a very good
piece of writing. Thanks a lot for inscribing all
the points so properly and with the right amount of
The government is doing a great job of putting street
dividers and footpaths everywhere, even in places
where there are no pedestrians. I don't understand
why they can't fix the streets instead. The roads
only get worse because of all the rocks and rubble
from the dividers and footpaths. What joy is there
to look at the scenery when you have to hang on to
the sides of the rickshaws and CNGs for dear life?
Not once have I seen the trees by the side of the
roads being watered. Does the government take their
gardening tips from "The Adams Family" where
dead plants are the 'in thing'? I wonder when we will
start to see changes.
The cover story on Bibi
I very much enjoyed reading the cover story titled
Weaver of Coloured Dreams. Weaving is our ancient
pride but our value of this tradition has gone down,
because of our modern minds. These days we don't use
goods made from our own country but instead, look
for foreign goods. We forget that our own goods are
not only much better than other foreign goods but
also cheaper. We alone are not to blame for our mentality,
because our government plays a huge role in this as
well. The Government is also absent from their duties.
They don't care to thrive in our ancient traditions
and cultures, such as the art of weaving. So it was
with great pleasure and pride that I read the article
on Bibi Rusell a famous fashion designer. The fact
that she wants to develop the art of weaving and improve
our economic condition, by focusing on the assets
that we have in our own country, rather than look
elsewhere in the world is commendable. We should remember
one thing: Bangla is our mother and it is our own
duty to carry that thought all the time in our hearts
and show our own goods in the world market, then we
prove that Amra bangla ma yar santan.
Md. Shahriar Parvez
Banani , Dhaka
government should do as it claims
The government of Bangladesh always claims
that it works for and towards the welfare of the people
and the improvement of the country. On the other hand,
we hear the opposition party declaring that the current
government harbours terrorists and breeds corruption.
This is not a story of present day politics, but rather
a complete picture of what happens in Bangladesh all
the time -- regardless of what party is in power,
and which party is in the opposition. The question
is that if every government works for the welfare
of the country as it claims to, why are our conditions
worsening more every day? If our politicians start
thinking about our country and what it needs, we should
most definitely see the promising results.
I would like to thank Aasha Mehreen Amin for her cover
story on the legal position of women in our society.
From her article I have come to know that, though
the equal rights of men and women are mentioned in
our constitution, in some cases -- such as witness
of marriage, guardianship of child, inheritance etc,
-- they are restricted by law.
Thank you, SWM for publishing the interview of Salma
Ali, Executive Director of BNWLA. Our women should
know about such organisations, as they provide victims
with legal help and other services. We should do publicity
of these kinds of organisations so that all the tortured
women of the country can get legal help.
I request the editor of SWM to have a page every week
about the "legal criteria of women," in
which, discussion about legal rights of women and
legal suggestion will be included.
cares about Surma
We have found in the recent days that our media is
very conscious about the contamination of the Buriganga
River and the illegal grabbing of it. I think the
Buriganga is lucky enough for flowing through the
capital and that is why it gets so much priority on
our T V channels and in the newspapers while there
is no such media attention about the ill-fate of the
river Surma. Surma is one of our main rivers, which
flows through the North-Western region of our country.
The chemical and other wastes of the town are continuously
polluting this river. Aside from this, illegal grabbers
have swallowed up almost half of the riverbeds in
many places near the town. During the dry season indiscriminate
sand lifting under the Krin Bridge poses a threat
to the century old bridge. The local administration
seems not to be bothered by such things. Like Dhaka
there is no such social organisation that can protest
this. So I think the media, especially the newspapers
should take the matter in their account. I also appeal
to the authority to take a wholehearted effort to
save the river.
Shams Md. Nabed Noman