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Muhith cites 'Amartya' quotes

Says govt's gains not projected globally due to Yunus

Finance Minister AMA Muhith yesterday claimed that Nobel laureate Amartya Sen sees Grameen Bank founder Muhammad Yunus as the single major reason behind Bangladesh's failure to project its positive image on the world stage.

“Prof Sen told me that so many good things are happening in this country but they are not highlighted anywhere in the world only because of Prof Yunus,” Muhith said referring to a meeting with the highly-acclaimed Indian economist.

When reporters asked Muhith how an individual like Yunus could cause such damage to a nation, the minister replied: "He has wonderful publicity machinery."

Neither Sen nor Yunus was available for comments.

The minister also questioned the honesty of Yunus, whose microcredit model won him and the microfinance bank Nobel Peace Prize in 2006.

“What he says is not entirely honest,” said the minister.

Muhith said Grameen Bank is Prof Yunus' organisation. "He does not want to leave it. That is the problem," he told reporters after a review meeting on the sixth five-year plan in the National Economic Council auditorium at the planning ministry in the capital.

Yunus has already stepped down as Grameen Bank managing director and currently, he has no liaison with the bank.

Muhith pointed to various issues, including corruption, for the less-than-expected flow of foreign direct investment to the country.

"Foreign investors have to go through many hassles if they want to invest in the country. Some other things, including petty bribery, also create problems. Doing business in Bangladesh is still difficult."

The minister said sluggish flow of foreign direct investment is the biggest weakness in implementing the sixth five-year plan.

"Our biggest weakness lies in FDI. We are struggling for lack of investment. Our resources are limited. We need foreign investment."

According to World Investment Report, Bangladesh received $1.13 billion of FDI in 2011-12 fiscal year, 24.42 percent more than the previous year. Even with the higher flow of foreign investment, it is still less than 1 percent of the overall gross domestic product.

Muhith said the positive report published recently in The Economist, a London-based influential magazine, has brought a big change in the scenario and could help Bangladesh get more FDI.

"In the last four years, their [The Economist] objective was to trash this government, but they could not trash the country," said Muhith.

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Muhith is out of his mind. He is making fool out of himself. All these crazy talks reflect poor judgments and lunacy.

: EB

In other words, the Finance Minister, famous for his gaffe, is confessing that Prof Yunus alone is more powerful than the Awami government. In that event, the govt. should either resign or rope in Prof Yunus for doing the job for them.

: Fadia


  • Iftikhar-ul-Awwal
    Friday, November 9, 2012 01:29 AM GMT+06:00 (170 weeks ago)

    Why government has not yet finished investigating Professor Yunus' enterprises possibly 54 in number. Where are the audit findings? How about Yunus' income tax matter? It is quite possible that nothing wrong was found in the running of those enterprises and in his I.T. file and that's why the government is so tight lipped. A Finance Minister like Muhith would otherwise have made us deaf through constant blaring of anti Yunus music. We are still waiting, Muhith.

  • Sheikh Monirul Islam, Opee
    Friday, November 9, 2012 01:32 AM GMT+06:00 (170 weeks ago)

    Muhith is getting old and I am sure it is not at all unusual for a senior citizen at this stage to go ashtray and being not quite sure what he is actually talking about. Often it may be added with certain memory lapses. Often it can be byproduct of multiple split-personality factors which is often recognised in clinical science as old age factor syndrome. Amartya Sen has generally avoided political statements in public. He is primarily an academic who wants his ideas to cascade through the institutions by virtue of their intellectual force, and then flow into general circulation as the new wisdom. Dr Sen cannot possibly be insincere to that of a level as he is definitely not a pathological liar. However taking this almost as an unequal evidential circumstance, one may go totally blackout and we may even consider that he may possibly not gone insane too, I hope. However one common factor or truth about the both Noble Laureates: Amartya Sen got married with Emma Rothschild (powerful banking family in US) in 1991 and he received his Noble prize in 1998. Dr Yunus had powerful connection not only with Queen Sophia of Spain but also the powerful Clintons who are directly connected with the powerful Zionist forces. So what Muhith is saying today is immaterial- both Economist made their way to the top of the world; unfortunately Muhith did not. Otherwise we would have a much better financial state of the nation today. Look at the state of financial- Muhith himself is a perfect acrimony or resultant to that off, simply but unfortunately.

  • Fadia
    Friday, November 9, 2012 01:35 AM GMT+06:00 (170 weeks ago)

    Awami govt should resign or rope in Prof Yunus to do the job for them where they miserably failed.

  • Akhtar Shah
    Friday, November 9, 2012 02:04 AM GMT+06:00 (170 weeks ago)

    The finance minister is being self deceiving at best or being dishonest at worst. There is no need to run down Dr Sen to prove Dr Yunus's integrity. It is quite likely that the gaffe prone Finance minister misheard/ misinterpreted Dr Sen's private comments. The likely version probably is, (governments) hounding treatment of Dr Yunus is eclipsing progress made the country to the outside world. Finance Minister is singularly non-ministerial.

  • mahbub
    Friday, November 9, 2012 02:06 AM GMT+06:00 (170 weeks ago)

    I think Muhit is trying to hide his failure as finance minister by blaming Prof Yunus. Its very pity that in his portfolio he did not able to bring any single major financial milestone for the country. His long employment with World Bank result nothing could not find any well wiser.

  • Rumee
    Friday, November 9, 2012 02:19 AM GMT+06:00 (170 weeks ago)

    Dr Muhit, I met you when you lived on the East Side of Mid-Town Manhattan. You came across as an intelligent man. Where has your intellect gone? Why you talk stupid things? Do you have any recorded statement from Dr Sen, or do you think Dr Sen can support you when we reach to him?

  • hussain
    Friday, November 9, 2012 02:49 AM GMT+06:00 (170 weeks ago)

    This Muhith is fail to recognize the good peoples as well as his govt. Dr Yunus best person that's why he gain the Nobel prize, so nothing to jealousy. Thanks

  • Mufassil Islam
    Friday, November 9, 2012 03:40 AM GMT+06:00 (170 weeks ago)

    There is a massive difference between Dr Yunus and Amartya Sen which is clear. Amartya Sen and his forefathers left Bangladesh and settled in India forgetting their debts to the nation whereas Dr Yunus left his lucrative job in USA and remained uncompromising with all to settle back in Bangladesh with a dream to work for this country. After this if Honourable Minister thinks we can be fooled with such statements about our great son of the soil then he is in Alice's Wonderland.

  • Zakirul Haque
    Friday, November 9, 2012 03:48 AM GMT+06:00 (170 weeks ago)

    I am living in USA for the last 30 years. I remember the image of Bangladesh during early 80s. It was very poor. Dr Yunus and Grameen Bank have changed that to a very positive Bangladesh. I am grateful to Dr Yunus

  • rch
    Friday, November 9, 2012 03:50 AM GMT+06:00 (170 weeks ago)

    Dr Sen please tell us the truth about what you said. Muhith is now even insulting Dr Sen!

  • ShamimH
    Friday, November 9, 2012 03:51 AM GMT+06:00 (170 weeks ago)

    Why create a negative image of one by unwisely and unnecessarily making an issue of Dr Yunus? Such behavior angers the very influential middle class voters and quite likely will hurt them in the elections next year. They should recall what happened to them when AL coddled Jainul Hazari prior to their last debacle at the polls.

  • one eyed bull
    Friday, November 9, 2012 04:23 AM GMT+06:00 (170 weeks ago)

    Donor forgets the Norwegian finance minister's rebuff about Dr Yunus and Branden Bank. It is that very documentary shown the irregularities to us. A non profit organisation like Grameen expanded into different profitable venture. No wonder it is a lucrative and addictive passion to leave.

  • M. Ashraf
    Friday, November 9, 2012 04:25 AM GMT+06:00 (170 weeks ago)

    Prof Sen is right to a degree, however, it's not Prof Yunus that's the issue, it's the civilized/cultured way the govt. handled the situation. The govt. circus, clowns, ring master with their minions put on the most pathetic and try hard show in the international arena. If the history of this great Nation was a movie the current govt is a collection of bloopers.

  • Dr M A Obaydullah
    Friday, November 9, 2012 04:26 AM GMT+06:00 (170 weeks ago)

    Who will believe you, Minister?

  • Jumana Sarwar
    Friday, November 9, 2012 04:41 AM GMT+06:00 (170 weeks ago)

    A nation cannot move forward by insulting its great sons. The old age syndrome coupled with brain disordering dementia make Muhith completely irrelevant. I hope he gets a chance to leave in grace.

  • Shams Reza
    Friday, November 9, 2012 01:29 PM GMT+06:00 (170 weeks ago)

    I would suggest that Mr Sen should clarify his position. Otherwise, this would create a misunderstanding among the people of Bangladesh.

  • Dr. Alam
    Friday, November 9, 2012 06:13 AM GMT+06:00 (170 weeks ago)

    I think Muhith is either getting demented or did not understand the conversation he had with Amartya Sen. Besides it does not matter what Amartya Sen says, the world knows what Dr Yunus did for Bangladesh and the whole world. I feel sad when I see an old man like Muhith starts to tell lies in his last part of his political life. I wonder if he at all learns any lesson from the World Bank deal about Padma Bridge. Alas these are our politicians.

  • Dr. Qamrul Ahsan
    Friday, November 9, 2012 06:45 AM GMT+06:00 (170 weeks ago)

    I can't believe what Finance Minister AMA Muhith says referring to his conversation with Dr Amartya Sen . Dr Sen certainly needs to clarify his position.

  • Syed Karim
    Friday, November 9, 2012 07:17 AM GMT+06:00 (170 weeks ago)

    Professor Yunus not only pioneered the concept of micro-credit he built a successful business based on the concept. To top it all, Professor Yunus was awarded the Nobel Prize. Muhith is burning with envy just like the deceased Saifur Rahman who wanted to take credit for creating the micro-credit concept. Muhith will always remain a man of mediocrity just like the late Saifur. Professor Yunus has brought Bangladesh fame and honor. It is ridiculous that Professor Yunus will do anything to harm his motherland. Moreover, Professor Yunus is now a chancellor of a university in Scotland; he has bigger fishes to fry.

  • Mahbubul Haque
    Friday, November 9, 2012 07:39 AM GMT+06:00 (170 weeks ago)

    If the Govt. would deal with Prof. Yunus positively right from the beginning and give him due honour then he himself would project the good things which are being done in the country and act as a good will ambassador for BD. But didn't we kill his initiatives by treating him shabbily?

    Friday, November 9, 2012 11:43 AM GMT+06:00 (170 weeks ago)

    It is politically biased comment to tarnish Dr Younus's image further.

  • n.d.saha
    Friday, November 9, 2012 02:08 PM GMT+06:00 (170 weeks ago)

    This is a serious imputation on the character and integrity of Dr.Yunus particularly made by a very responsible and senior most member of the Cabinet. I doubt Mr. Muhith is aware of the serious implication of such public statement.

  • Zia Ahmed
    Friday, November 9, 2012 08:52 AM GMT+06:00 (170 weeks ago)

    At 80 plus Muhith is certainly going senile and losing his sense of balance. His doesn't know that by belittling Dr Yunus he is belittling himself.

  • Fida Likhon
    Friday, November 9, 2012 09:30 AM GMT+06:00 (170 weeks ago)

    Dr. Mohammad Yunus has brought dignity for our Bangladesh.

  • Onila
    Friday, November 9, 2012 09:59 AM GMT+06:00 (170 weeks ago)

    Apparently this guy is going bonkers with his sweeping remarks probably, playing to the galleries. In the same breadth blaming; Prof Yunus and the whole world. Pathological hatred for the Prof for having grabbed the Nobel Peace Prize has robbed him & party of sanity. Bottom line is senility also is a mega factor for involving Prof Sen without evidencing any proof!!!

  • Mahbubur Rahman Sharif
    Friday, November 9, 2012 10:14 AM GMT+06:00 (170 weeks ago)

    Our insight is one sided that is political. We have no third eye that can see the entire thing impartially. The trend is the ruling government is to see all maters going well. And when one questions what is happening they become enemy of the government. To cover up own defaults they are trying to impose another soldier. On the issue of the Padma Bridge no comments was made by Dr Yunus as yet. But government is giving blame continuously against him. Our word is that if Dr Yunus most power being a single individual, government should mobilize his capacity. Justly, we have no capacity how to use valuable recourses to the valued purpose. If we do not clear the ghost of politics from our head, we would not able to honor some one who is really valuable for the country development. We should renounce the tendency of dirty act.

  • Rasel
    Friday, November 9, 2012 10:43 AM GMT+06:00 (170 weeks ago)

    Civil society of the country understands very well that the government is handling the issue of Dr Yunus politically to favour AL, not thinking even for once that our country may suffer for that. This is how we respect our country's best citizens! Similar thing is happening to Dr Fakhruddin & General Moin. What govt. is doing is not only showing their narrow mentality, but also bringing disgrace to our country. They should be grateful to them. In my true opinion, those two years of Fakhruddin & Moin U. Ahmed was the best regime in the history of Bangladesh considering all perspectives. Government should stop these. They must not forget that they are our representatives in the external world. One thing to finish, civil society may be narrow in numbers, but their views are much more important than those of other illiterate citizens who simply sell their voting rights.

  • Mofazzel Hossain
    Friday, November 9, 2012 03:10 PM GMT+06:00 (170 weeks ago)

    We can't respect our own respectable persons.

  • Lutfor Rahman
    Friday, November 9, 2012 04:55 PM GMT+06:00 (170 weeks ago)

    Dr. Yunus is a well recognized person in the globe. Very few people are there in the universe who do not know Dr. Yunus. We feel proud of him. He is a part of Bangladesh. I do not believe a person in his position can do anything harmful for his mother land. May Almighty Allah help us in developing confidence on each other.

  • Truth Teller
    Friday, November 9, 2012 12:05 AM GMT+06:00 (170 weeks ago)

    So, let me understand what Muhith is trying to say. Government and its propaganda machine love to listen to and believe an outsider, who happens to be an Indian citizen, instead of the person who has brought name and fame for Bangladesh. Not only that, Sheikh Hasina's government offers the outsider, the Indian citizen, red carpet reception while the person who has brought name and fame for Bangladesh gets kicked at the back. To government, Dr. Amartya Sen, an Indian citizen, is more honest and trustworthy than Dr. Yunus, a Bangladeshi citizen, is. I am really feeling embarrassed for our politicians. This is simply disgusting!

    Government must accept the fact that Dr. Yunus is the father of Grameen Bank and there is nothing wrong if he wants to stay with his brainchild. It would be better for everyone if they stop being so jealous.

    There is one thing I am guessing - the government might have got a signal that the World Bank would not fund the Padma bridge project because of the hide and seek game played by the government. That is the reason Mashiur was back to his office after the so-called leave. And, now Muhith has started this blaming game against Dr. Yunus as he did right after the cancellation of loan by the World Bank. It will not be too long that the others in the government will follow.

  • Asad Zaman
    Friday, November 9, 2012 09:11 AM GMT+06:00 (170 weeks ago)

    I think it is very important for all of us (who love to share the fame, or who feel proud, of Nobel laureate Dr Yunus) to know that we also love democratic values including transparency, freedom of speech, facts, truth and so forth. We also love to criticize the government or even media when we see lack of transparency, falsehood, wrongdoing etc among them. However, in this case we see a different thing or different practice, namely hypocrisy or double standard. When FM Muhith has expressed his honest view in a transparent manner and said some inconvenient truth openly, a good number of people hear have gone amok to attack the finance minister with their bad words. We must avoid divisive politics; we must not instigate people to disrupt the government. If we truly love Dr Yunus, we must respectfully tell him that going against his own country's rule of law or legal system is not helpful. Nor is it matching with his status.

  • Dr SMA Rashid
    Friday, November 9, 2012 12:31 AM GMT+06:00 (170 weeks ago)

    And why not? The institution that he has developed and nurtured over the years, why should he want to leave it? Rather it is the other way round...the government and Muhit will not let him stay with GB.......

  • niloufar sarker
    Friday, November 9, 2012 12:41 AM GMT+06:00 (170 weeks ago)

    Irresponsible comments from our garrulous Finance Minister is very

    unfortunate.If he was privy to any opinion in private from theNobel Laureate Amarty Sen must have been private & was not meant to be shared in public.Mr Muhith has lot of important national issues like expediate the investigation into financial scams & above all get the Padma loan to get bridge going.Cheap way to curry favour from whatever quarter is not becoming for a man of his position.

  • Reaz Hassan
    Friday, November 9, 2012 12:45 AM GMT+06:00 (170 weeks ago)

    Professor Muhammad Yunus could contribute positively towards brightening the image of Bangladesh but instead held back his services to the nation as a pressure tactics on the government. By so doing, he has lost much of the respect among the people. His staunch and dogged tenacity to lead the Grameen Bank even after loosing court battles and government backing is much to be regretted. He could have been a stalwart among men by accepting his fate and by showing humbleness in defeat. It is a dishonor that even Amartya Sen has accused Yunus for his anti establishment role abroad.

  • W. Khan
    Friday, November 9, 2012 12:47 AM GMT+06:00 (170 weeks ago)

    I really feel sorry for the Finance Minister. Why can't the AL Government shrug off the Dr. Yunus phobia? Dr. Yunus has better things to do with his time than to hinder in the Govt affairs. I have attended his meetings personally. He has never said anything derogatory about the Bangladesh Govt.

  • hasan
    Friday, November 9, 2012 12:49 AM GMT+06:00 (170 weeks ago)

    I think its time Mr Muhith should go into retirement since he does not make sense. Dr Yunus has done great things for the poor and the country, its a fact and does not matter what Muhith says. Its about time the govt gives him due respect and leave Grameen bank alone. Very dissapointing leadership and extremely small minded. I am also dissapointed with the Media as well even Daily Star...need to ignore petty minded comments and not publish it. This is not newsworthy.

  • T Islam
    Friday, November 9, 2012 12:51 AM GMT+06:00 (170 weeks ago)

    That's a bunch of trash. Sen is a big supporter of the social change that microcredit can bring. He said that himself.

    This is basically heresay!

  • Naharin
    Friday, November 9, 2012 01:01 AM GMT+06:00 (170 weeks ago)

    All these mendacious statements are a reflection of failure on the part of a finance minister. The avuncular man is getting senile and he should be relieved from his post as soon as possible. Hope good sense will ultimately prevail.

  • Md.Mustafa Hasan
    Friday, November 9, 2012 01:09 AM GMT+06:00 (170 weeks ago)

    Waiting for Amartya Sen's rebuttal.

    For the record, I fully second the opinion of Niloufar Sarker.

  • Dev Saha
    Friday, November 9, 2012 01:22 AM GMT+06:00 (170 weeks ago)

    Give me a break, Mr. Muhith. This is not how you deal with a Nobel laureate. Why would Mr. Sen bad mouth about Dr. Yunus? What would be his motive? I found this Awami leaguer man has lost his mind by bringing up this issue in the public. It is really unprofessional.

  • barkat
    Friday, November 9, 2012 02:36 AM GMT+06:00 (170 weeks ago)

    One question to Mr Muhith. Forget what Amritya Sen speaks about Dr Yunus. Does he know what the entire nation of Bangladesh thinks of him?

  • Smaaat
    Friday, November 9, 2012 02:53 AM GMT+06:00 (170 weeks ago)

    It seems Muhith needs to get some basic education because his remarks lacks decency and common sense. Finance minister, give me a break.

  • Sheikh Monirul Islam, Opee
    Friday, November 9, 2012 10:40 AM GMT+06:00 (170 weeks ago)

    I would like you to consider my comments seriously as I have done the necessary research in making those comments. I tried to be slight innovative the way I have written my English; but if that makes it difficult...please adjust accordingly. This finance minister is a big trouble for the country and he has gone insane. We the people cannot take this nonsense from him.

  • A Choudhury
    Friday, November 9, 2012 02:19 AM GMT+06:00 (170 weeks ago)

    Who is a truth teller? Why cant' the person give his/her's name, unless he/she are cowards.

    I think it should be the policy of the Daily star not to publish any comments from those who wishes to hide their identity.

  • Nasreen Ahmed
    Friday, November 9, 2012 02:36 AM GMT+06:00 (170 weeks ago)

    Shame on us.

    How low do we have to sink? Blame everything on Dr. Yunus, he has become this government's punching bag.

    The ineffeciency,the corruption, thr graft connected with the present government are all due to Dr. Yunus. Please grow up.

  • dr islam
    Friday, November 9, 2012 03:52 AM GMT+06:00 (170 weeks ago)

    Mr muhith you totally lost. you want to blame others for your complete failure in the finance sector.

  • Mortuza Huq
    Friday, November 9, 2012 05:03 AM GMT+06:00 (170 weeks ago)

    Mr Correspondent,

    I do not believe Muhit can say something like this - you must have misquoted him. If he really did, it is really a great shame.

  • neutral
    Friday, November 9, 2012 05:03 AM GMT+06:00 (170 weeks ago)

    i am an admirer and well wisher of Dr Yunus and the Grammen Bank i am tired of watching reaction of the well reputed and ordinary citizens appearing in this col. against and in favour of Dr Yunus.

    i hope none of us is blind supporter. We apply our critical judgement to find out the facts about his sucess story.

    Dr Yunus has received the nobel peace prize and also the the Medal of Freedom, the highest civil honour awarded by the USA .

    i do not think these give him the immunity from acting against any moral and legal requirement.

    The GB charter requires the chairperson of the Borad be 60 {sixty} years of age maximum.

    When Dr yunus and the AL government enter into the personal phase of mutual dislikings, the government started to find out fault in the affairs of Dr Yunus. We do not know what role Dr yunus has been playing since then.

    i fail to understand how a person having so much honour to his credir and a unprecedented success in empowering women in Bangladesh can so easily brush aside his moral responsibility to admit his fault, may be by ignorance or over optimistic for his honors that he need not care the legal provision of age limit, and continue to ignore the reality till the Sc gave the verdict that he is not elligible to continue after 69 yeras of age.

    In my judgement based on common sense, i feel, unless Dr Yunus resolves this moral failure of his, the purpose of his continued refusal to concede his fault, the issue of Dr yunus will remain as controversial as the Padma bride and now the comment of Dr Sen, ,if it is a fact, Dr Yunus will continue to remain to be a controversial personality with so many high honour to his credit.

    i can say with confidence that any body of his stature living and involved actively in public and sicial services would have resigned from the position of controversy without making the issue a political chess game.

    Why do you blame the politicians for not resigning when some wrong doings are highlighted in the media ?

  • A. Karim
    Friday, November 9, 2012 05:36 AM GMT+06:00 (170 weeks ago)

    It's Muhith again, the man who lost all credibility as a minister. He who said thousands of crores of taka is not a significant amount of money, who consistently misleading us with Padma bridge construction, who ruined the stock market and showed blind eyes to all corruptions done by political big wigs. It's shame Mr. Muhith, you lost all your civility by quoting another nobel laureate about bad mouthing about another nobel laureate. I doubt Mr. Sen would demean another nobel laureate like this and I urge you Mr. Muhith. Please stop this.

  • Saifur Rahman
    Friday, November 9, 2012 07:15 AM GMT+06:00 (170 weeks ago)

    Mr Muhith only wants to gain publicity with such remarks and nothing else. He knows very well that such remarks draw flaks and with that he is drawn into the publicity.

  • Akram
    Friday, November 9, 2012 01:03 PM GMT+06:00 (170 weeks ago)

    have you ever seen ground level data Mr. Muhith?

  • Mahbubul Haque
    Friday, November 9, 2012 08:56 AM GMT+06:00 (170 weeks ago)

    If the Govt would deal with him positively with due to Honour he would surely act as a good will ambassador for BD projecting the positive developments in the country.He has been treated with insult and disrespect and yet there is no published record that he spoke negatively against the country anywhere .

  • msn
    Friday, November 9, 2012 09:11 AM GMT+06:00 (170 weeks ago)

    I wonder how this man act as FM in my country.In future,when Mr Sen see our minister somewhere,he will try to hide himself.

  • kamal chowdhury
    Friday, November 9, 2012 09:54 AM GMT+06:00 (170 weeks ago)

    Mr. Muhith; if Dr. Younus have that much power to block all your and your government's false propagation then it will be wiser for you to give a chance to Dr. Younus to run the Bangladesh Economic structures. He don't have publicity machinery, he has the quality and knowledge which you and your government lack. You want to say Nobel committee has given him the dishonest Prize????

    Shame on you.

  • Anonymous
    Friday, November 9, 2012 10:38 AM GMT+06:00 (170 weeks ago)

    Failure of getting Padma bridge loan is now explained in term of Dr. Yunus. This is stupidity.

  • A Bangalee
    Friday, November 9, 2012 10:42 AM GMT+06:00 (170 weeks ago)

    A question to Dr. Muhith? Is Dr. Yunus the only source of information about Bangladesh ? What about your PID ?

  • anonymous
    Friday, November 9, 2012 10:56 AM GMT+06:00 (170 weeks ago)

    I don't think Mr. Sen would bad mouth Dr. Yunus.

  • Shamim
    Friday, November 9, 2012 11:39 AM GMT+06:00 (170 weeks ago)

    I think we should open a school for all politicians to learn how to talk.

  • Mohammad, Cambridge
    Friday, November 9, 2012 03:02 PM GMT+06:00 (170 weeks ago)

    I dont know Dr. Sen that well, but I do know he was awarded Novel prize in economics for welfare economics and social economic theory which is pretty close to what Dr. Yunus trying to explore over the years through his GB project. As a academician from Harvard uni and research fellow from Cambridge uni Dr. Sen earns respect from people not only in his arena but also all over the world who has some knowledge about demand and supply. So, I dont believe he has made such a ridicules comments. No, I dont know much about Mr. Muhith as well, but I have heard he is popular for his crazy talks, when Hall mark stole nearly 4K crore BDT he said it was a negligible amount, then he started blaming BB for his department's failure and randomly blaming people fo all sorts of reason. I do know a little bit about Dr. Yunus. He is one of the most inspirational person in our generation who devoted his life for the better cause of poverty alleviation. He is using all his contacts to do something better for the poor people and now devoting his life to raise awareness about social business which I am sure Mr. Muhith isnt familiar about. Its an outrageous for someone to think about he is doing something against for the country where he has spent best part of his life for better fulfillment of poor. Its nothing but a political propaganda and imposing personal Vedanta against an individual. Finally, I feel sorry to see some of the comments support Mr. Muhith's craziness. I know you cant make everyone happy, but atleast people can see what Yunus has done for the country where most of the politicians have got selective eye sights!

  • Dr A Sadeque
    Friday, November 9, 2012 06:39 PM GMT+06:00 (170 weeks ago)

    Before and after winning Nobel prize, Dr Yunus is two different persons. After winning he has become arrogant and more high ambitious. He is only for himself and wants more publicity.

  • Concerned
    Friday, November 9, 2012 03:44 PM GMT+06:00 (170 weeks ago)

    As if maligning and insulting one Nobel laureate was not enough, Muhith now drags a quiet academician in the foray of 'disbelievers'!

    I hope Prof Sen cares to clear the air and throws some light into otherwise dark domain of ours that we are fast getting into courtesy the wise people of BD.

    What has happened is sheer jealousy, expressed in an unguarded, undiplomatic way.

    Prof Yunus would be the last person to drum up bad mouthing asking the world at large to stop investments in BD. If Govt. believes in this then it means Prof Yunus is singularly mightier than the Govt. Machinery!

    Now Yunus does not have any magical, heavenly power to do that; negating all available 'forces'.

  • Rashid Ahmed
    Friday, November 9, 2012 04:29 PM GMT+06:00 (170 weeks ago)

    There is a problem clearly visible with this ex-bureaucrat. I think he still suffers from a complex for not being able to understand financial economics. After all, 'Faculty of Language' does not teach 'Finance and Economics' in any university.Hard fact, no point chasing economists!

  • Anonymous
    Friday, November 9, 2012 04:38 PM GMT+06:00 (170 weeks ago)

    This development, as per the Finance Minister, calls for recruiting Prof Yunus for solving ALL investment and financial problems of Bangladesh.

    It appears that this is the harsh truth. Why play any more blame games involving the Nobel laureates anymore?

    If we cant tame 'them' join them in realising our national goals.

  • Masudur Rahman
    Friday, November 9, 2012 04:44 PM GMT+06:00 (170 weeks ago)

    Not only the Finance Minister makes fool of himself, but his statement raises question about his sincereity to the people of Bangladesh. Because the statement by a responsible political is aimed at misguiding the simple minded people of Bangladesh. What is surprising that what any common person understands but the FM does not that a nobel laureate with international recognition as one of the rare economists would never make such irresponsible comment. Moreover, we all know, Proff SEn has great respect for Proff Yunus.

  • Mir Monaz Haque
    Friday, November 9, 2012 02:10 PM GMT+06:00 (170 weeks ago)

    According to Finance Minister Muhith, Professor Yunus is more powerful than the government. If this is fact, than he made a fool of himself. An individual cannot be more powerful than the government. Muhith has to learn diplomatic language, we the citizen of Bangladesh cannot accept this evidence of incapability of a minister.

  • Sajjad Hussain
    Friday, November 9, 2012 03:38 AM GMT+06:00 (170 weeks ago)

    my blood is boiling!

    I firmly believe Muhith needs to go for a med check up.

  • Vampire knight
    Friday, November 9, 2012 05:58 PM GMT+06:00 (170 weeks ago)

    Mr Muhit, like other AL leaders, is only endevouring to make the boss happy.

    Now, let Mr Sen to react to this news. The whole Bangladesh is waiting keenly to see his response.

  • Wahid Choudhury
    Friday, November 9, 2012 04:53 AM GMT+06:00 (170 weeks ago)

    Mr Muhith is incompetetant as a minister.

  • Anonymous
    Friday, November 9, 2012 11:54 AM GMT+06:00 (170 weeks ago)

    I wonder, How can a person like Muhith be the Finance Minister of the country who can't even explain what's going on in stock market? And, how can we expect positiveness under his command?

    Yunus is just like Steve Jobs, kicked out from his own company.

    I can assure, AL will not re-elect.

  • raz
    Friday, November 9, 2012 12:18 PM GMT+06:00 (170 weeks ago)

    Muhit should have seen a neurologist long time before.

    He seems to be very happy and excited what amrittyo sen said! I have a strong doubt about his quoting Mr. sen, needs to be recheck!





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