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     Volume 4 Issue 40 | April 1, 2005 |

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RAB Smells of a Rat
Amidst much pomp, the Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) celebrated its first anniversary last week. Though around a thousand people have so far been killed in the hands of this so-called elite law enforcing crew. The government remains as boastful as ever. As if killing people in so-called crossfires is not enough, our high-flying home minister wants to add helicopters to RAB's armoury. To make a mockery of his zeal, a RAB member was caught only days ago red-handed, allegedly while mugging. Cases of threats and intimidation by RAB members or goons in the guise of RAB remain high. It is funny and equally tragic that the force that was primarily created to enforce law and order has become such a major source of insecurity. As the government and opposition remain as oblivious as ever, the question remains how many deaths will it take till we learn that too many people have died?
Asheque Ilahi Shams

Errors in Textbooks!
Bangladesh is a developing country, with a literacy rate of about 44 percent. The Government of Bangladesh is trying to increase the rate but fails due to faults in their administration, which is leading the students to learn but with the incorrect concept.
I am a student of O'level at Maple Leaf International school. I teach my younger brother who is in Class-VI at Junior Laboratory School. While teaching him, I was shocked to see that a geometry theorem in one of his math books is fully nonsensically devised.
This is like a curse for a country such as ours. What will be in store for our country's future if this kind of slip finds its way into text books! Should we not help the younger generation to learn the best to help build a bright future?
Shaikat Zaman Chowdhury (Leon)
On Email

On Slice
I'm extremely delighted to find Richa Jha at her best in her recent features published in SWM.
Richa, in her unique style, has exposed the frailties, hollowness and the extreme meanness of the megalomaniacs who are dominating the social circles. In this society of tilted balance of privileges, powerful men and women are fulfilling their whimsical desires outright even at the expense of others' welfare. It's vividly exposed in "The Spa Conspiracy" where the psychopathic Madam is mad about opening a spa centre in town, as it appears tiring for her to go abroad every 15 days for health care. In getting her centre built she does not care about the school that is near the location of the desired spa. These home truths about our society are always exposed in her features.
The meanness of people in general, the irrational force, is most humorously dealt with in all her articles. Profound wit and humour with a strong banter and most importantly her keen power of observation of things that range from her personal life to the people and events around her are a prerequisite for a good writer. Congrats to Richa. We look forward to reading more articles like these.
Rafiqul Islam Rime
Agrabad, Chittagong

A Fan
I am a regular reader of SWM and I find that reading SWM is very enjoyable. It was always a good magazine but for the last five or six months it has gone from being good to the best news magazine in Bangladesh. The reasons for this are partially because of the introduction of new sections, such as Education, Time Out and Sci-tech. These three sections are not only informative but also educational. Readers can get relevant knowledge from them. I would like to give thanks to SWM for publishing these columns. However, I have a small suggestion. I feel that SWM should publish a new section on the Islamic aspects of life. I hope that SWM will consider my request.
Nasim Imtiaz Khan Lincoln
On Email

Life Limited
The cover story "Life Limited" has touched my heart deeply. People -- especially men--seem to have the misconception that women are meant to stay at home, be a good mother, be a good cook and take care of the all the family members. Our society thinks that women have no value of their own. Women become dependent on either their parents or their husbands. They do not have their own identity. They are known only through their father's or husband's identity. All men and women should have equal rights but unfortunately we do not. We women are just trapped inside a society run by men. We have no space for ourselves.
Rubaida Sharmin
On Email

On Last Week's Cover
I was thrilled after reading last week's cover titled "Destination Bangladesh". It was inspiring to read about the people who have returned from a much better future with the simple thought of giving something back to their motherland. I know many people who are going abroad to study and once they see all the opportunities that are already available to them there, they stay there and seldom look back. I guess it is always hard to come back and start something new from scratch. We are simply too used to being spoon-fed from our very childhood, as our parents and loved ones are always around to make sure we do not venture into any hardships. I feel that these people and their contributions deserve a lot more attention and once people see all the opportunities that are available to them here, they would surely come back to their homeland. I guess it should be mentioned at this point that the main reason most people leave is because of the sinking socio-political scenario of the country. If the government and the opposition stop their bickering and come together to solve these problems, we would have more 'crusts' of the nation coming back to contribute to a brighter tomorrow and a prosperous Bangladesh.
Muntasir Mohammad Bhuiya
Chairmanbari, Banani

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