Outrageous Cover story
Maybe you guys are scared that your office will be
bombed if you are neutral, but, that does not give
you the right to rewrite history in whichever way
your writers perceive it. Your cover story titled
"Stuck at Zero" was outrageous. I think
this is the most partisan article to ever come out
of your esteemed magazine. How could you publish something
that is so obviously pro-BNP? You're talking about
our liberation war, for crying out loud! BNP didn't
even exist at the time! Not only is the article a
pro-BNP one blaming most debacles of the country on
AL it also makes broad generalisations. The writer,
Ahmede Hussain, needs some training in the history
of developing countries. As a fan of SWM, I am extremely
disappointed. I had always thought of SWM as one that
places neutrality above all. It takes years to create
a good image, but takes just one mistake to tarnish
it. So, not only is the article partisan, and full
of broad generalisations, it is also very poorly researched.
Your Cover Story
Your cover story on our politics after 33 years of
our Independence, "Stuck at Zero" was shamelessly
pro-Awami League. The writer, Ahmede Hussain, it seems
has gobbled every history-book written by intellectuals
belonging to the opposition party and has vomited
it on your magazine's pages. It is quite surprising
that the writer has heavily criticised Shaheed
president Ziaur Rahman's rule, which in every sense
was the golden period in our political history. It
is indeed surprising that the Daily Star and newspapers
of it's creed criticise the Shaheed president
whenever they get the chance, but usually turn a blind
eye to the very fact that Zia introduced democracy
in Bangladesh, which was killed by Mujib and his followers.
Ahmede Hussain should be punished for spitting venom
against the person who declared our independence.
"Stuck at Zero"
I am rather shocked to see your report on our 33 years'
journey from independence. Specifically, what surprises
me is your effrontery at rewriting the history of
Bangladesh, without even looking into the primary
sources. Ahmede Hussain's "Stuck at Zero"
contains no in-depth research but just some generalisations
made from the author's own eyes. This is particularly
unforgiving, given your issue comes at a time when
we are celebrating the independence of our nation.
our Independent Country
First, a lot of thanks to all the members of the SWM
staff, especially to Mustafa Zaman who illustrates
the contemporary condition of our country. Our government
claims that, in their initial stages, they will take
important steps to protect us from extortion, but
we have no evidence of their effort. The percentage
of crime has increased tenfold. The reputation of
our country diminishes everyday. Now, I think the
prime minister must annul all the rules and regulation
of her party and get rid of those cabinet ministers
who are the main culprits of extortion.
Scenario of Bangladesh
A special thanks to the editor of SWM for presenting
a real cover story about Bangladesh and its history.
I am also grateful to the writers. These articles
all exceeded my expectations. "Stuck at Zero"
by Ahmede Hussain depicted the history of Bangladesh
from its birth in 1971 till now. The writer seemed
to be unbiased and was able to illustrate what happened
as accurately as possible. Shamim Ahsan’s article
on economy gives us a basic guideline on the economic
situation of our country. I also am in agreement with
Dr. Atiur Rahman on his vision of foreign investors.
The local investors and businessmen also have to suffer
similar problems. We achieved freedom by sacrificing
our lives. Now we all must fight to make our motherland
free from corruption, to build a prosperous Bangladesh.
Our Police Department
Our police department is supposed to be one of the
main law-enforcing agencies in the nation. Their task
is to ensure the security of the citizen, but most
people have bitter experience with the police. We
all know about the unprecedented corruption within
the police force, which is affecting the nation and
aiding in giving us the label of the most corrupt
nation in the world. The problem is that the police
are ignorant and do not know any better, but my question
is that if this problem prevails, how will we better
our nation, and how will we ever have any sense of
security when our police force is working alongside
criminals rather than crime busting? Instead they
will take bribes without upholding justice? Where
can we go from here?
M. Razu Admed
attack on Humayun Azad
The fact that nearly a month and half after the attack
on Humayun Azad the police have failed to nab the
culprits is surprising. What surprises me more is
that the main opposition, otherwise famous for calling
general strikes even at the most insignificant pretexts,
has so far remained unmistakably silent. When poet
Shamsur Rahman was attacked, the Awami League made
it a big political issue. But now, it seems, the party
has decided to give the ruling party an open net to
score its political goal. More turbid is the way the
ruling coalition has been handling the situation.
It seems the BNP is bent on defending its long-term
political friend, the Jamaat, even, if that is at
the expense of power.