In-Depth Research Required
In reference to the cover story "In Search of
Honey" published in SWM, I would like to point
out some grave mistakes that I find are very uncharacteristic
of your publication. Firstly, the writer, Mustafa
Zaman, wrote about honey gathering without actually
visiting the area. Firstly, because the information
about it is mostly wrong or filled with propaganda,
writing an article without doing proper research is
not the best idea. Secondly, the main person in the
article - Tanjilur Rahman - who is portrayed as an
'expert in honey hunting' is someone who I know personally.
Because this is the first time he has gone honey hunting
I wonder how he can be an expert. I feel that the
lines, "Tanjil has developed an understanding
of the working of the eco-system of this forest"
(pg 9, line3), are especially misleading considering
that people who have lived in the Sundarbans and work
regularly with honey hunters do not even make this
claim. I feel that there were more experienced experts
on honey hunting that the writer could have consulted
instead of just using one source -- especially one
who does not even provide proper scientific and relevant
information. Foreign organisations adopt development
measures based on press articles such as these. As
an esteemed paper, SWM should take more responsibility
in cross-checking facts and should consult real experts
when writing a story.
I agree with Shamim Ahsan when he said in his article
‘To Bring Children Back to Books’ that our country's
culture was at sake. It is not because our culture
is not up to par with other internationally recognised
cultures. Our habit of adapting foreign cultures at
the expense of our own volues have brought us to this
situation. It is not enough just to suddenly adapt
our Bangali culture for one day, as so many people
do for Pahela Baishakh. This is a matter of shame
for us. Wherever we go we are surrounded by the influence
of Hindi and English culture.
As a student I have to go to Central Library regularly.
After reading for a few hours I usually come out and
enjoy the scenery of our campus. Whenever I go to
the graveyard situated by the side of the mosque I
feel disappointed. Here lies our national poet, Kazi
Nazrul Islam, as well as many other renowned intellectuals,
and yet, this graveyard is becoming filthier every
day. This is a place where addicts and couples chose
to frequent. They come and enjoy their lives in an
unseemly manner. Whenever my relatives come to visit,
they are horrified by what goes on in the graveyard.
I request the authorities to take drastic measures
to keep the purity of the graveyard.
I feel compelled to write a few words on Secularism
after reading about the so-called efforts to secularise
France. A recent law imposes a ban on any religious
symbol, which provokes religious agitation within
different social areas such as schools, colleges,
offices etc. According to the definition of secularism
in the Oxford Advanced Learners Dictionary, any secularist
should support this decision because it upholds the
true nature of the word. My point, however, is that
an ideology cannot deny the humane right to follow
the fundamental principal of any religion. A state
cannot be known as idea if a person is attacked for
following their beliefs. It should rather be called
a jungle. The French Government should teach its people
the true ideal behind of religious freedom, in order
to ensure religious tolerance and a life without any
harassment. France should consider withdrawing its
ban on the symbol.
Md Arif Sadeq
University of Dhaka
Section in SWM
A few weeks ago, I found that that one of the readers
of SWM is interested for a English comprehension section.
I concede with his opinion about our present efficiency
of English language as well as the undeniable need
of English in every sector of our lives. It will be
a great help for the readers who really want to enhance
their English language efficiency. Please consider
using one page of the magazine to familiarise your
avid English learners with both intermediate and upper
level vocabulary and structure.
Highly Profitable and Advantageous Endeavour
Firstly, thank you SWM for publishing article on Mrs.
Aziza Khatun, who introduced such an indigenous way
of entrepreneurial creativity which contributes to
our society by creating thousands of job opportunities.
Her success acts as a milestone to other entrepreneurs.
Because the market demand is always changing, it is
important as well as prudent to start a business such
as this without innovative ideas. It is also important
for us to look into our other natural resources to
create an opportunity that earns valuable foreign
exchange for the country. It is the time to regain
the use of our natural resources, which also includes
reviving the jute market again. To withstand the challenge
of an open market economy, we should emphasise on
natural available resources that reduce production
Bangladesh Jute Research Institute, Dhaka
From the Heart
I was literally mesmerised while reading the piece
by Sangita Ahmed titled Born From the Heart in SWM's
April 16th issue. When I started reading the article,
I thought that Sangita was talking about her own child.
It was startling to find out a little later on in
the article that she was writing about the new-born
girl Azmona, whom she and her husband had adopted,
after already having two sons of their own. I can
particularly relate to her feelings of joy and happiness
as my sister Naila and her husband Iqbal adopted a
boy two years ago, and have planned to adopt another
child. Their son has brought so much joy to his parents,
myself, as well as the rest of the family. He has
become part of our lives in a way that it is very
difficult even to think he was not born to my sister.
I thank Sangita for writing such a lovely piece. I
hope that many more couples with or without children
will be inspired to do the same. By doing so, they
can bring rays of hope to a group of children who
are denied a home and a family, and enrich their own
lives in the process.