Revisiting the brilliance of a writers block
OK so I was having a writer's block again, almost a year after my last one when I decided to revisit the web page that had pulled me out from the depths of misery once. The site, I shall remind you folks, has topics for writers of all ages. But instead of going for the mature topics, I choose to write on the kiddy ones. So here goes! Wish me luck.
My favorite family story
Who's at the zoo?
What I know about stars
If I could fly
Activities for outdoor fun
The site: www.thewritesource.com
By Nayeema Reza
Campus violence :
The cycle begins early
THE 1:30 pm varsity bus was crowded as usual. While desperately trying to avoid getting squished between my pissed-looking co-passengers, a thread of conversation grabbed my attention:
Girl 1: Did you hear what happened today? Some '…'-party cadres beat another guy to a pulp for no reason at all.
Girl 2: Really?
Girl 1: Yeah, kicked him in the ribs first and after he fell down, bashed him hard with hockey-sticks. It was scary…
The walls near the Nilkhet entrance to Dhaka University bear a rather the encouraging graffiti message“We welcome all the newly-enrolled meritorious students to participate in student politics.” Now, given the glorious history of student politics during the liberation war and the key role of students in different national movements this invitation should prove inspiring and worthwhile for us general students. But reality remains that if you randomly question any ten students about their views on student politics, two of them will turn somber as if mortified, three of them will shoot you suspicious frowns and the remaining five will simply run the hell away from you in horror.
Such is the place this topic has come to occupy in our hearts and the primary resolution, almost instinctive, for most students these days has become to avoid campus-politics and those who practice it.
However, that doesn't mean certain political groups have ceased to receive fresh recruits every year. So, why do young people like us sign up for these parties despite having literally zero interest in politics? When asked, one of my classmates and a victim of the similar situation (let's call him Lufrash) complained in frustration, “You think I have a choice? I'm from Jessore and have no place to stay in Dhaka. Hall seats here are like Willy Wonka's gold tickets and the only way I can ever get one is by buttering up all those party 'bhai's and running errands for them. That's all I'm doing, attending late night meetings and processions but other than that, I don't really care which party comes in power or whatever…” But sadly not all people feel so reluctant about their newfound 'power's. A guy from a different department (let's call him Damus), also a recent recruit, has already become quite a campus-villain in DU science faculty bullying anyone he finds displeasing and dhamkifying all the guys who even look at the girl he has a crush on.
Now the aforementioned silly tug-of-'male ego'-war may seem apparently harmless, but considering the violent occurrences in different educational institutions lately, they are not. Students who sign up for politics without thinking straight actually set foot into traps of a vicious cycle. Once you're inside it, there's no way out. You have to be loyal to your party, participate in political processions and sometimes in things like extortion, terrorism etc.
As one of my friends so aptly put it, “This thing is like water. It takes shape according to that of the vessel that contains it.” The practice of student politics started with a noble cause, but in the course of time the idea has become mutilated due to ill handling by certain groups. The collective voice of the students should be raised only in favour of justice, not violence and disruption of proper educational atmosphere.
By Raisa Rafique
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