© Zaid Islam
DHAKA 29 NOV 2012: Activists staged a Shobshomabesh (procession of dead bodies) wearing white kafon cloth, disguised as 113 corpses, lying down in peaceful gathering in front of BGMEA building in Karwanbazar, protesting the deaths of garment workers in last week’s factory fire.
(Banner on building reads: পোশাক শিল্পীদের গানের প্রতিযোগিতা । গাও প্রাণ খুলে গাও । Singing Competition for Garmet Workers. Sing, sing with your life.)
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?
Questions that need to be answered
by Muktasree Sathi Chakma (Sep 24, 2012)
While my 68 years old father and my 65 years old mother remained awake for the last two days in fear that some of the Bengali settlers (who can kill people only for the reason that you are indigenous) would attack our house, I am attending a Human Rights training and learning how to be a human rights activist. What an irony, isn’t it?
Friday September 07, 2012
Rajibul Islam, UNO (Upazila Nirbahi Officer) of Mokarrampur union, accompanied by some local people, went to the house of farmer Shahidul Islam, village Islampur, Bharamara, Kushtia. They accused Shahidul of practising “anti-Islamic” activity. Shahidul is a disciple of Tariqat-e Ahle Bait, a branch of Sufism. He, along with other followers, had established at darbar sharif of Islamia Chistia Nizamia lineage.
Architect Mobashsar Hossain speaks candidly about BUET crisis. Mr. Hossain is a genuine Awami league man by all means but in situations like this or elevated expressway project he could not resist being guided by his conscience. Our new generation partisan intellectuals who are finding ways to undermine BUET issue should take lead from Mr Hossain. Partisan agenda should not cloud conscience