The Red Line and Failure of Intellectuals
By ShafiqurRahman for Alalodulal
[In a democracy, public Intellectual have a duty to protest and indict when power centers in the state and government cross the red line. In Bangladesh, most of the intellectuals have failed time and time again to perform that sacred duty. By their failure, not only the intellectuals have become progressively irrelevant but they also have facilitated our slide down to illiberal state]
অনালোকিত মানুষদের কথা
by Shafiqur Rahman for AlaloDulal
‘আলোকিত মানুষ’ কথাটি উদ্ভাবন ও প্রচার করেছেন জনপ্রিয় লেখক আর কলামিস্ট আনিসুল হক। প্রফেসর আবদুল্লাহ আবু সাইয়িদ এর বিশ্বসাহিত্যকেন্দ্র কে ভিত্তি করে বই পড়ার মাধ্যমে সারা দেশে Enlightened Values ছড়িয়ে দেয়ার অত্যন্ত প্রশংসনীয় এবং মহৎ চেষ্টার কথা মনে রেখেই আনিসুল হক Enlightened Man এর বাংলা ‘আলোকিত মানুষ’ করেন। এবং তিনি তার পছন্দমতো দেশের বিভিন্ন জ্ঞানীগুনী জনকে এই আলোকিত মানুষ এর সার্টিফিকেট দেন সময়ে সময়ে।
“I feel fortunate to be a member of the Chakma community, a minority group of Bangladesh, but when such attacks occur, I sometimes feel unfortunate to be a Bangladeshi.“
It started as a carefree walk through New York’s Times Square to unwind after a long day. Then, far off in the background, I thought I heard sounds I hadn’t heard for years and not on this side of the planet. The pulsing of slogans, and high-pitched oratory that once seemed so impressive even if one disagreed, but which now represents sclerosis, fatigue and frustration.
But, that is back “home”, not here in New York, surrounded by skyscrapers and tourists.
Seated front Row from Left 1. Prime Minister of the Country 2. Foreign Minister of the country 3. Putul, Prime Minister’s daughter – a Canadian resident, 4. Sleeping Man, 5. Unidentified
Back row seated from Left 1. Foreign Secretary Mizarul Kayes 2. Unidentified, 3. Unidentified, 4. Unidentified
Q: Where is Bangladesh Ambassador to UN Abul Momen?
Simeen Hossain Rimi has been nominated by the Awami League to run for the seat her brother vacated. This prompted a discussion with ADB5, which is posted over the fold.
It was interesting to see that Khaleda Zia could manage a nearly hour long audience with newly appointed Saudi Crown Prince Salman bin Abdul Aziz during the latter’s visit. With King Abdullah’s deteriorating health, Salman is most likely to be the next King. Nayef was not going to make it too long as crown prince anyway. Everybody knew that.
But this is not surprising given BNP’s historical links with the Kingdom. What was surprising was Khaleda’s hour long chat with Clinton at her home. During government talks, Hillary even did not use the napkins provided by GOB. Apparently she brought everything from USA, even water bottles. In Government meeting with Hasina/ Dipu moni Hillary did not touch anything. But when Hillary visited KZ, she ate rosogolla, drank coconut water etc. Hillary is a master of body language. Continue reading