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The ups and down of politics

Today is November 27. Martyr Dr. Milon Day. It was a mild winter on this day in 1990. I was sitting in the central library of Dhaka University preparing for my honors final. Everything is normal and calm. Suddenly, I heard gunfire. I left the library out of curiosity. Then a few more shots. A sudden panic. Hesitant running. The procession started after a few minutes of gunfire. No one can say exactly what’s happening. The incident took place on the road between TSC and Suhrawardy Udyan. Shortly afterward, someone shouted, "Hold on!" Then the procession. At that moment, the protest spread on the campus of Dhaka University. As soon as the procession started, I came to know that two leaders of BMA (Bangladesh Medical Association) Dr. Milon and Dr. Mostafa Jalal Mohiuddin were being taken to hospital. Armed cadres of the Notun Bangla Chhatra-Shomaj opened fire from Suhrawardy Udyan. Dr. Milon was shot. He died on the way to Dhaka Medical College Hospital. Read More...

Dr. Yunus vs. Ratan Tata

Two news from two countries. Apparently, there is no similarity between the two news. These two news items are absolutely worthless in the crowd of very important news like politics-election, fraud in the name of e-commerce, or price rise. But if you go a little deeper, you can see that there are strange links between the two events. Both incidents are very important. Last Monday (October 12) in a case of labor law Dr. Muhammad Yunus went to court and took bail. The second incident took place on October 8. On that day, the state-owned carriers Air India and Air India Express were handed over to the Tata Group for Rs 18,000 crore in India. In addition, Tata bought 50 percent ownership of Air India Sats. If we want to find the connection between these two events, we have to go back a little. Dr. Muhammad Yunus is a talented man. A teacher and a researcher. He conducted micro-credit activities in Jobra village of Chittagong for a study. Dr. Yunus's microfinance activities were basically following the model of Akhtar Hamid Khan, the founder of Comilla Bard. Dr. Yunus established Grameen Bank on 1 October 1983 to expand the activities, with the cooperation of the Ershad government and under state ownership. Read More...

Our Cricket: Politics, Love and Betrayal

Bengalis are divided as a nation. Different people have different opinions. When two Bengalis are one, they quarrel. Some are Awami League; some are BNP. Some say the country is doing well, some say the situation in the country is terrible. Cricket is one of the occasions when such a divided nation is united. Cricket has torn down all our divisions. Turns the whole nation into one soul. Cricket makes us laugh and cry. The man who has a strong reluctance to play sports also became enthusiastic about Bangladesh cricket. Even for once, he keeps an eye on the television or listened to the radio. One of the reasons why Bangladesh has advanced in cricket is its spectators. The spectators were one of the reasons that were shown for Bangladesh when Bangladesh got the status of Test cricket. Cricket has become popular in this country due to the love of spectators and common people. Cricket in this country has achieved a lot. The people of Bangladesh are overwhelmed with the success of cricket. Read More...

Who is the opponent of Sheikh Hasina?

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina was in London that day. She inaugurated a roadshow in Bangladesh to increase foreign investment. She addressed a gathering of expatriate Bengalis and businessmen in the United Kingdom. The Prime Minister said, "Bangladesh has a wonderful investment-friendly environment." When the Prime Minister took this wonderful initiative to take the country forward, a different thing happened in Bangladesh. Suddenly the price of diesel and kerosene was increased. It was said that this was done to increase the price of fuel in the international market. Good thing. So, why was the price not increased before the Prime Minister's visit to the UK? Or if the Prime Minister returned to the country to increase the price would have been such a problem? I asked this question because I have doubts about whether this incident is a coincidence or sabotage. Read More...