People Under Lamp Posts
evening while returning home, the chain on my rickshaw got
displaced at a particular point in Manik Miah Avenue. My rickshaw
puller got down to replace the chain but he seemed a little
clumsy as he was not doing in properly. I told him to hurry,
as this 'special' place was not a safe one with mysterious
people lurking under the shady street lamps. Any person who
regularly walks by that area would easily see people gathering
there and rickshaws moving around with girls (actually sex
workers) on board them. The rickshaw pullers who carry them
are mostly middlemen who find the customers. People from many
walks of life come to this place for their obnoxious thrills.
I heard from a rickshaw puller that many policemen are also
involved in the buying and selling of sex and they offer protection
for bribe. The nearby fields belonging to the Parliament is
used for many notorious activities. I have been noticing for
at least three and a half years, the lamps in this special
area are inactive whereas all other lights of the Parliament
premises are fully functional. Do the authorities not know
of this or don't they have enough money to repair these lamps?
The Jatiya Shangshad Bhavan is a very important area of our
country and we should not let its image get tarnished this
way. I was glad when the rickshaw walla fixed the chain and
we quickly went on our journey.
Kamruzzaman, Asian University of Bangladesh
was a time when students used to get a lot of respect from
the common people. But times have changed. Nowadays, instead
of respect, the people fear the students. I know that a small
percentage of pupils are involved in destructive activities
and their so-called politics, but their actions are tainting
the image of our entire student community. A few days ago,
I was travelling by bus when an incident caught my attention.
A college student was requesting the bus conductor to give
him a small reduction on the fair since he was short of money.
The conductor was reluctant to give any concession but hearing
the conversation, the other passengers of the bus strongly
advocated on the student's side. The bus conductor finally
had to give in. Even if the thing was very trivial, it touched
my heart because everyone in the bus had become united for
the student's cause. I hope the student community will keep
up their goodwill among the common people and brighten up
our country's future with their knowledge and perseverance.
Sohel Hara, Olympia Palace Restaurant, Topkhana Road
Pathetic Rickshaw Puller`s Life
the way to Maghbazar T&T Colony, I witnessed a heartrending
scene. I took a rickshaw from the Wireless corner and we were
on our way. I was looking around the street subconsciously
and didn't realise that my rickshaw walla was disabled. I
could not believe how a physically disabled man was pulling
the rickshaw with so much force. When I though about how hard
he had to work, I felt a deep admiration and respect for him.
I asked about his background. He was from Faridpur District
and he had contracted typhoid when he was just 5 years old
an illness that left him disabled. He is now 23 and has to
drive a rickshaw for a living. Furthermore, he has to earn
the livelihood of his family as well . The truth is that if
others were in this situation they would easily take to begging
but this man was exceptional. We should take lessons from
his character. Such is the spirit of our countrymen who make
us proud with each passing day.
Ahamed (Sohel) , West Razabazar