Thanks for the story on Humayan Azad. He is the kind of
person we can all feel proud of. His death feels like the
end to the fight against all bigots, conservatives and narrow-minded
people. But it seems to me that he was not honoured as much
as he deserves. He is the mirror of our country. I would
like to pay tribute to our honourable teacher; and want
to assure him that his fight against oppression and evil
will be carried on.
In the August 27 issue of SWM, according to S.S Subrata
it is now a common truth that there is no difference between
Iraq and Bangladesh as far as bombings are concerned. Frequent
bomb explosions, hartals, strikes, political disasters
etc have a strong affect on the quality of university education
in Bangladesh. As a third year student of the Dhaka University
I feel anxious when I think about the future of our country
because of our corrupt politics. It is frustrating because
my fellow students and I do not know when we will pass university
due to strikes, violence and delays in exams, which we have
to face in our daily lives. It is wise to move to a foreign
country but that entails a huge amount of money and moreover
it is not easy to get visa for students from middle class
families. So depression, uncertainty and sadness are very
common in us. Is there any solution for us?
University of Dhaka
I really enjoyed reading the article on Dr. Humayun Azad
by Mustafa Zaman and Ahmede Hussain. His premature death
is a great loss for Bangladesh and for Bangali literature.
There is no doubt that this brilliant man was a gutsy Bangali
and we all should be very proud of his work. I was wondering
whether progressive Bangalis would be able fight back the
dark forces with the same vigour.
The attack on the AL meeting on 21 August is an attack on
democracy. It apparently seems that these attackers maintain
much more strength than the government. Although they will
never have the opportunity to seize power, they are capable
to a large extent to disrupt our national peace. The enemies
of our nation are well prepared to launch invasion on our
national sovereignty. They are well cemented; but what about
us? We are terror-struck and dispersed and detached in so
many ways. We are caught off-guard by these attacks. It
is time for us to be amalgamated on the same podium by sinking
political differences in order to be able to resist the
enemies of the state. A broad-based national unity is badly
needed to save the nation. If not, Bangladesh might be turned
into another Afghanistan or Iraq, and the coming days might
be even worse for all of us.
A.B.M. Musleh Uddin
English -- A Pragmatic Step
First of all, I would like to thank SWM for introducing
a new education section in the magazine. As we know, the
proper knowledge of English is essential to communicate
with others and to broaden our exposure to the rest of the
world. It is a matter of sorrow that most of the students
(and teachers) in our country are very weak in English.
Thus, we pay the price in our professional life not only
within our own country but also abroad. English is not a
complicated subject. We should realise the necessity of
learning English and I hope this newest section in SWM will
help us improve our English skills.
Engr. Mohammad Shayeem
The continuous letters of grief, condolence and protests
against terrorism and for the victims who have fallen under
its disastrous trap have become a series of interesting
and spicy articles to read in the newspaper. We merely read
the newspapers and express our sympathy with hypocrisy in
our hearts. Is there no humanity within our souls? Have
we become mindless self-centred people who do not care about
the people and development of our country? Instead we only
concentrate on accomplishing our own selfish desires. We
must not forget our country's development is our development
and our country's destruction is our destruction.
Why do criminals get away so easily and go unpunished? Why
are our hands tied and our hearts sealed with fear of death
to speak freely? Democracy is simply a word for us without
any meaning at all. We should not celebrate our independence
day with pride because that would be a mockery of our heroic
martyrs who shed their blood for our country's democracy
and liberty. We are not patriots we are all hypocrites.
Even the outsiders are now condemning our country's political
situation. Let us not let that happen. Let us all unite
our dreams as one -- the dream to make a terrorism-free
nation for all.
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