I am still in a state of shock after reading SWM’s
cover story on the tormented 10-year-old orphan Mostakina.
She was brutally tortured by her employer Dr. Fatima Doza,
a doctor at The Dhaka Medical Hospital and College. She
was starved, burnt with an electric iron, had her food spat
upon by Dr. Doza and even made to drink the children's urine.
A doctor is supposed to heal wounds and not cause them especially
on a child.
The brutality of this situation haunts me. What I find strange
is that a pickpcket can get beaten to death for maybe stealing
a few hundred takas, while Dr. Doza will simply pay a certain
sum of money and be free to lead a normal life. Is there
any conscientious adult in Bangladesh who will ensure justice
Slice of Life
'Slice of Life' by Richa Jha in SWM is one of my favourite
columns. There are trifling but interesting things in life,
and Richa Jha depicts them magnificently, without undue
use of bombastic language. We cannot expect the same standard
for every piece -- one or two may differ. It is silly to
refuse to read DS anymore (especially for a mature university
student) just because one of its article was 'annoying'.
SWM has a new member in its’Regular Contributor' panel
with a distinct political colour, who is also a well accomplished
cultural activist. Is it not better to get someone without
any political tint?
I would like to extend my warmest felicitations to Richa
Jha for excellent writing in her column Slice of Life. Every
Friday morning when I get SWM I first turn to her page.
On May 28th she wrote an article titled Cheered By Tears.
I found it very practical. However in the letters section
on the June 4th issue I read that one Mr. Arif from Banani
expressed his and his friend's displeasure on this topic.
Mr. Arif wrote that the article was not up to standard.
He also mentioned that after reading this article his friend
refuses to read the Daily Star newspaper anymore. I find
this absolutely ridiculous. I strongly believe in tear therapy.
I feel that it is very therapeutic in times of crises and
problematic situations. I would again like to specially
thank Richa Jha for her writing and leave a last piece of
advice to Mr. Arif and his friend: Be Pragmatic.
People say that a mother is the greatest gift of God to
a child, but I also believe that a father is as well. Growing
up with a mother’s love and a father’s discipline
and principles is a blessing. While reading the article
"A Chant" in the June 4th issue, tears were rolling
down my cheeks and can't help myself but offer my condolences
to writer Iffat Nawaz as well as praise her for surviving
so well for the last ten years without 'the father, the
friend, the mentor." Writing this piece of remembrance
must have caused her unbearable pain but at the same time
it will hopefully give her a little peace. As a human being
I salute Iffat Nawaz for coming out of this trauma and give
my best wishes to her and her family.
University of Dhaka
I congratulate the writer of the cover story titled Constructing
Death Traps. This is a very crucial issue for us because
our country has an abundance of rivers. To avoid these accidents,
we must follow the rules and regulations of design and construction.
My special thanks goes to Mustafa Zaman and Shamim Ahsan
for covering such an important issue in such an informative
Mamunur Rashid Tomal
Darul Ihsan University
Needs to Take Action
I very strongly condemn the heinous bomb attack at the holy
shrine of Hazrat Shah Jalal in which three people were killed
and over fifty injured including the British High Commissioner
Anwar Chowdhury and the DC of Sylhet Abul Hossain. It is
not an isolated event. My humble request to the government
is to take stern action against the criminals and punish
them accordingly. The sooner the government does so, the
better it will be for the country and its people.
New Eskaton, Dhaka
I am a new reader of your newspaper as well as magazine.
I passed my boards from India and after seven years I have
settled here in Dhaka. After going through so many newspapers
The Daily Star and its magazine has been a satisfying one
to me. However, I have a suggestion. Don't you think we
should have the updates of sports and culture? I read a
letter last week saying that the articles published in SWM
are not worth reading and challenging the readers to prove
otherwise. Don't you think you should do something to attract
more people and be renowned in the world of journalism?
Maybe you should try allowing your readers to publish articles
and jokes of their choice. Their names will also be published
which might encourage them to send more. I also know that
things won't change overnight but we hope to see a better
and more interesting magazine in the coming week.
To The Swm Hater
After I read Nayeem Islam's letter on June 11th issue of
SWM I thought I should respond. First of all SWM doesn't
need to face a challenge -- it itself is a milestone in
its field. You mentioned that the jokes are not funny --
well my young friend, not even all the jokes in Reader's
Digest are always funny. I fail to understand how one can
learn the basics of English from a Bangla publication. More
importantly SWM not only has a strong hold over the basics
of English but also covers a variety of different topics.
You can find that yourself if you just skim through the
table of contents. I hope you read SWM for another two years
and understand the significance and importance of their
work. I hope at least this letter is worth reading.
Bhai the Terror
Most of the people in our country have heard the name of
Bangla Bhai, who was once a former school teacher but is
now a terrorist. If someone who teaches young people is
now a terrorist, what is the future of our students? Bangla
Bhai has threatened reporters of Janakanta openly. Who will
give shelter to the people of this democratic country? In
these circumstances, Awami League called for a half day
hartal in Rajshahi, but what happened? After the hartal,
Bangla Bhai's followers came out with arms and the police
ended up giving protection to his followers instead of the
innocent people. So what kind of country do we live in,
where the government and police forces give shelter and
protection to the culprits?
I was very moved after reading the cover story by Morshed
Ali Khan. I heard this story in April last at the time of
his journey for a daughter in Rwanda. I came to learn of
the various traumatic events Mr. Khan witnessed ten years
back in the strife-torn African nation. It was not a story
of Rwandan apocalypse and genocide, but a heart-rending
saga of love and bonds that bridged a few people together
separated by continents and cultures. On the eve of the
tenth commemoration of the start of cleansing the minority
Tutsis, Mr. Khan went to visit his god-gifted girl "Aougny"
who made history in an unprecedented bloodbath. It is really
a gripping tale that will remain evergreen in my mind.
Md. Aminul Islam
University of Dhaka
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