The Unenlightened

অনালোকিত মানুষদের কথা

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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।

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Making a stand, taking a side

Propaganda image on various groups, including “Basher Kella”

In the current political theatre, the central character is Jamaat-e-Islami. The Shahbag Awakening started as a reaction against a possible Jamaat-Awami backdoor deal. A month on, I think such a deal looks very remote right now.

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Mirza in, Mahmud out

Last year, some closet BNPwallahs had a bit of queasiness around their belly when it looked like Mahmudur Rahman was becoming more popular than their Tarique Bhaiya.   They were worried that the Prince was going to lose out to the fearsome fighter for the truth, justice and the Bangladeshi way because while the former enjoyed his big whopper (the man apparently has a taste for Burger King), the latter was writing about his defiance of the Digital Bakshal.

Mahmudur Rahman’s rise, predicted all the way back in 2009, seems to have come to an end.  If anything, over the past year, he seems to have lost out in the game of “who-can-be-near-the-Madam”.

The new champion in that game is Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir.  Unlike Mahmud, Mirza has strong pro-1971 / progressive credentials.  He is well known for being an erudite fellow — evidence below.

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