Congratulations on writing such a well-timed and well-written
cover story on the Bangladeshi cricket team's pleasantly
surprising victory on January 10. Bangladesh always seems
to have more negative media publicity than positive these
days, but I have noticed that in the last few weeks, SWM
has made a conscientious effort to focus on the good aspects
of our country instead of the usual murders and social problems.
Although I recognise that these issues are important to
discuss and that we should be knowledgeable about them,
I also feel that it is really difficult to get up every
morning and read yet another news article or story about
something else that has gone wrong in this somewhat lost
and confused country of ours. Starting from the first cover
of the new year, when SWM talked about 2004's highest Bangladeshi
achievers, to the cover on Qazi Abdul Alim to the most recent
cover on our small but very well-timed victory. I would
like to request SWM to keep up the good work on boosting
Bangladesh's morale by focusing more on the positive. Not
to say that we should forget about all the bad things that
are happening in the country, but it can help to have that
little ray of hope every once in a while.
I was quite intrigued to read about Swedish
director Eric Norlin who has introduced a new trend in modern
theatre. His theatre group Slava seems to bring vibrancy
and excitement to theatre by bringing in 'dance, acrobatics,
music and song'. It is encouraging that Norlin came to Dhaka
to hold a workshop in Khulna which gave local actors a chance
to be acquainted with Norlin's avante-garde work.
It is important for our own theatre to evolve and develop
new ways to attract audiences and convey messages in innovative
Sabira Manir deserves congratulations for enlightening us
with her in-depth article on this versatile director.
Islam is a religion of peace. However, it is unfortunate
that Islam is being branded as a religion of terrorism these
days. Those who are pious are considered miscreants. They
are involved in suicide attacks, guerrilla attacks and so
forth. It might also be that these people may also feel
that they have no other choice but to do this for the sake
of their beliefs and their freedom because they have no
security of life. They are being killed mercilessly by the
U.S. forces but this is not seen as terrorism even though
many innocent people are among the casualties. So I would
like to request everyone to change one's attitude towards
I was very interested to read an article
by Chintito about terrorism and the affects of it in the
world. In the article the author mentioned that one person's
terrorist is another's freedom fighter. One doesn't have
to support the global campaign against terrorism that obliterates
privacy and even the lives of innocent bystanders and citizens
of any given country to realise that terrorism is terrorism
and there is no other way of describing it. How can someone
call those barbarians who broadcast the killings of missionaries,
journalists, and other public service individuals in the
name of justice? I am sorry, but what is happening in Palestine
and other parts of the Middle East are atrocious and nothing
in our religion or social human behaviour dictates this
kind of killing, which is brutal, inhuman and pointless.
It appears that nowadays people have stopped believing in
one truth "violence begets violence". As long
as there are people who continue to condone or are indifferent
to wasteful deaths this cycle of violence will go on. The
strong will continue to harass and kill innocent people
using bombs and missiles because a citizen of their country
was murdered by a cowardly few who don't even have the courage
show their faces.
Scintillating Cover Story On Alim!
My heartfelt thanks to Sultan Quamrun Nahar and SWM for
publishing a scintillating cover story on the phenomenal
sports personality Qazi Abdul Alim in a recent issue of
SWM that pays a deserving tribute to the maestro athlete
of the country. It was great to learn amazing facts about
Alim who, in his long journey of immeasurable achievements
in the field of sports has made a unique mark that culminated
in receiving the UNESCO award in 2002. Alim has been the
pioneering sports personality in many respects; he led the
country in many events and won us fame, founded the physical
education institute and the BKSP to help cultivate the spirit
of sports that is indispensable for an uplifted nation.
This highly educated sports man is an icon for generations
to come. Another unique feat that amazes us is his passion
for writing and the fact that he has written about 40 books
on sports and his other fields of interest. Alim's multidimensional
contributions to the nation will remain ever alive in the
history of the nation.
We salute, with hats off, this legendary personality, the
pride of the country…Congrats SWM for its endeavour
to uphold the maestro personalities that our nation has
Rafiqul Islam Rime
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