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Star Diary

Campus Violence

Quite a while ago, as I was returning home from classes, I was shocked to see children between the ages of 9-10, screaming out in a procession. They were not doing this for Bangladesh's cricket victory or for superb exam results either. They were actually screaming out slogans for a particular candidate during the elections. I was shocked at the fact that these children were being exploited in this way. Our honourable candidates must be aware of certain rules and regulations, however it is a matter of great sorrow that these candidates have no idea about what they are doing. And the Election Commission should also make sure that a minimum age is fixed and maintained so that our children are not used for the election campaign. Rather, they can be inspired to work for the development of our nation.

Tushar Shuvro Roy
Anando Mohon College

Being Clever

A while back, a friend of mine visited a trade fair, where a lottery was being held. My friend decided to participate in the lottery. A participant could pick one piece of paper from the box in exchange for a small amount of money. Whatever would be written on the piece of paper would be the participant's prize. My friend cunningly picked up two pieces of papers. While one said 'Mobile Phone', the other said 'Saqura'. He could not figure out what 'Saqura', meant and decided that it must be some kind of a home appliance, much bigger than a mobile phone. And so he threw away the 'Mobile Phone' and showed the 'Saqura' to the authorities. In return, he received a candy called 'Saqura' worth Tk 1 - a matter of great sorrow indeed. This just proves that we should think twice before trying to be too clever.

ME College, Sylhet

Gender Discrimination

Last week I went to my campus office to know the class timing of a course. The campus officer, hardly even looked at me, was giving me several excuses and would not let me look at the list of courses. I had to spend a lot of time requesting him to show me the list, to which finally, he paid some heed. At the same time a girl came to the office for the same purpose, but the officer behaved in a completely different manner. He was more soft spoken, gave her the opportunity to glance at the list of courses and was also having an unnecessary chat with her. Now a days, we speak about gender discrimination where girls are always victimised. However, after this incident I have to say that not only the girls but also boys are often victims of this kind of discrimination.

Mashrur Zaman
American International University of Bangladesh (AIUB)

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