Wake up Call
Mohammad Hammad Ali
In a proper
democracy, there should be no room for violence. Any act of
intolerance and terrorism has to be met with a strong effort
towards justice. It does not matter whether the victim is
rich or poor, nor does it matter what his religious or political
affiliations are. Every man has the right to a safe life,
and the right to a natural death, as opposed to succumbing
to bomb blasts or being hacked by knives on their way back
home one night. However, that does not seem to be happening
in the present day Bangladesh. Worse still, nobody seems to
not pretend to have known the Late Mr. Kibria. I do not need
to have known him at all. What I do know about him is that
he was a human being, a citizen of this country. He had the
right to vote, and also had the right to complain about, or
protest against, any unfair actions. Mr. Kibria had the right
to arrange a rally to protest against any action that he felt
to be unjust.
end of the rally, the ex-Minister had the right to go back
home, to his family, and relax before yet another day of work.
But that was not what happened. Just as the rally was about
to end, bombs were showered in their direction. Mr. Kibria
was gravely injured, and passed away while being brought to
Dhaka in an ambulance. Mr. Kibria was a mere mortal. Sooner
or later he would have had to bed farewell to the country
that he worked for, to his family and his many friends. But
it did not have to happen this way, covered in blood and experiencing
a painful death in a speeding ambulance. He deserved better.
not blame anyone for the bombings. Now is not the time for
idle speculation and mud slinging. Bomb blasts have been taking
place all over the country for quite a while now. Till now,
most of the victims were common men. Not that the life of
a farmer or a labored is any less important than that of the
President, but that concept is not accepted in Bangladesh.
However, this time the victim is one of the most important
figures in the political scenario of the country. Hopefully,
now some actions will finally be taken.
of this country is the responsibility of the Government, although
in order for democratic rule to be ensured they do need assistance
from the Opposition as well. Nevertheless, if such blatant
acts of violence and intolerance go unpunished, the real victim
is actually the Government, because it is their competence
that comes in question, and it is their credibility that is
compromised. There is no shame in conducting a proper investigation
and punishing the culprit, no matter how influential they
may be. It is of much more shame if such acts go unpunished,
and the wrongdoers interpret that as a sign of weakness.
I am not
questioning the intentions of the Government. I do not wish
to doubt the sincerity of anyone. No matter how incomprehensible
to people like me, there must have been some reason why all
the past bomb blast incidents, including the one of 21st August,
were not investigated. But now the line has been crossed.
If no actions are taken at this very moment, we may soon fall
into an abyss of anarchism and terror from which there will
be no escape.
no one who loves this country can want anything of the sort
to happen. Nothing lasts forever. If the murderers are not
found and punished as soon as possible, soon the ruling coalition
might find themselves on the receiving end of such atrocities.
This monster has to be slain before it becomes too strong.
The entire country hopes that both the major parties, and
for that matter each and every party will forget all their
differences and come together to defeat whatever evil force
is responsible for these murders.
not the time for baseless accusations and name-calling. Nor
is it the time to declare strikes for days on end and bring
the country to a standstill.
the two main parties fight among themselves, some third front
could try and exterminate them both. Surely no sensible person
would want that. Here I finish with the hope that we will
finally get to see a coalition for all those who believe in
democracy and the rule of law, for the sake of a better Bangladesh.
FOR OR AGAINST GIRLS?
matter where you live or what language you speak, math, science
and technology play an important part in your everyday life.
Take a look around, and you'll start to notice that math,
science and technology are everywhere! The last decade has
been a revolution- a technological revolution. Each and every
one of us has been captured in the net of computer, cell phone,
microwave and what not. Clerical jobs have been replaced by
computer based jobs. The concept of book keeping does not
exist anymore. It is estimated that by the next decade all
jobs will be science based. This has given a caution to the
wind- it is usually considered that girls are less interested
in science and maths, and hence they are not as good compared
to their male counterparts. Does that mean job opportunies
for girls are being shut down?
to the commission reports and the National Center for Education
Statistics published in 2000-An equal number of boys and girls
are interested in math and science in the elementary grades,
but by the sixth grade, girls begin to disengage from the
two subjects. A lot of research has been carried out to derive
the reason of this differentiation. It is explained by understanding
the demands of human ancestry. What have men needed to do
in order to be sexually successful? A lot. They've needed
to stand out from the crowd with superior hunting abilities
and fighting abilities, they've needed to be strong willed,
determined, courageous, ingenious, creative....
been tested by women through the ages. Women have needed to
put out. They've needed to look good. They've needed to be
desirable in ways which really didn't assist them in becoming
more competent or self reliant animals. Summarizing-Women
have evolved to look good while men have evolved to function
well. This pre mind set has been an impediment for the girls
to shine in technical subjects. The problem does not lie with
the brain; it lies as to how it has been programmed.
are far from parity with men on their SATs in both the math
and verbal sections. On average boys surpass girls. However,
it is a statistical anomaly that there are more girls going
on to college than boys in USA.
girls tested in Virginia public schools perform similarly
in math and science. "We really don't have a gender gap
in terms of our [Standards of Learning] tests between male
and female students, nor does there appear to be a gender
gap with the [National Assessment Educational Progress], "Girls
attending D.C. Public Schools "outperform our boys on
standardized tests," says Bill Caritj, assistant superintendent
for educational accountability for the school district. "It
is fairly consistent across grade levels and across subjects."
this question to Epshita, a pure science student, she said
that she believes both boys and girls can excel in science
if they find the subject interesting. Nowadays it is common
for girls to pursue a medical career or become an engineer
or enter research related fields and so on. It is a matter
of brainwork, which girls are no less capable of doing compared
to boys. When the same question was asked to mother of a science
student, she commented that people should study what they
find interesting while keeping in mind their strengths and
weaknesses. Science related careers are appropriate for both
genders, and boys and girls can both perform equally well.
can learn math, and everyone can learn science. It's often
hard for girls to get a good science and math education. It
is because people don't expect girls to do well in these subjects.
This isn't exactly a self-esteem booster for girls. When they
are young, girls don't have as many toys that encourage them
to build, explore, or tinker. Girls aren't always treated
equally in class. They need their fair share of teacher time
and "hands-on" experience. They prefer to learn
in groups where they can talk, work together, and help each
other. Instead, they often have to work silently and alone.
see many women role models in science and math careers. In
fact, we experience pressure from their friends NOT to do
well in math and science at school. This means they may be
teased for being "nerdy" or unfeminine if they try
to do well in math and science courses.
the mind has been set to function in a certain way and the
problem lies not with the brain, it can be "re-programmed"
to make science of and for the girls. Here's what parents
high expectations for girls is important. Tell them they
can do just as well as boys in science and math because they
can. Without meaning to, we may put limits on what your daughters
think they can achieve. This well-meaning comment may hurt:
"Don't worry about doing badly on your math test. Your
mother never liked math either." This kind can help:
"Let's talk to your teacher and find out how you can
do better. I know you can do well in math. And it's an important
that your daughters take science and math courses every year.
Watch out for algebra in the 8th grade - be sure she takes
this course. Girls who do not plan to work outside the home
may want or need to later. Math keeps doors open. Out-of-school
activities are often the most important. Find programs for
girls at local museums, libraries, community centres, and
after-school programs. Sign your daughter up. Look for female
role models in your community for them to look up to.
is like that of global warming. Since the deadening is not
instant but a gradual one, it does not affect our everyday
lives and does not bother us if at all. When it will if not
thought-out, it might be too late…………