A Collector's Item
Last week's issue of the Star was a fun read. Although a majority of the articles in the 'Eid Special Issue' were humorous – some of them quite sarcastic – they did, however, provide a subtle round-up of the various problems that the country has been facing. Starting from politics and crime to cinema and violation of human rights, the articles portrayed the problems in each of these fields in a very creative manner.
I was also impressed by the cover picture of last week's issue. I couldn't control my laughter as I noticed the characters in the sketches. Over all, the issue was an enjoyable one and it, in fact, brightened my Eid holidays this year. Hope to see similar issues in the near future.
The Post-Eid Scenario
I am not exactly a pessimist but I'm afraid the post-Eid period is going to be extremely chaotic this year. With so many processions and strikes postponed for 'after Eid', the capital might find itself in the midst of a series of violent activities. The Buet issue needs to be addressed. The strike was postponed earlier. Then there was the protest against scrapping the admission exams for medical students this year, an agitation which had caused long tailbacks in the streets leading to Shahbagh and might restart again!
Perhaps the biggest concern that awaits the capital is the strategy of the opposition party. Members of the opposition had earlier stated that after Eid they'd further continue their demonstrations, for a caretaker government. Having gone through an absolutely horrid time during the previous processions, of both the parties, I really hope that nothing of that sort happens again. One hopes that the law enforcement agencies and other concerned officials can tackle these problems in a better manner this time.
Dhaka University, Dhaka
Anamul Haque, Photo: Star File
Congratulations Anamul Haque!
I would first want to congratulate the Bangladeshi U-19 team for finishing seventh in the recently concluded world cup. It was a much better performance after they failed to qualify in the Asia Cup, where they lost to Afghanistan and failed to qualify in the knockout round. Anamul Haque, the captain, was the highest scorer of the tournament and scored two vital centuries against Pakistan and Sri Lanka.
These are, of course, good signs. There were a number of other players, who made an impact as well, but Anamul was a class apart and he'll surely be playing a key role for the Tigers in the future. One just hopes that these players are trained well and that their potentials are harnessed to the fullest.
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