���� Recently Bangladesh government has announced the nomination of Mr. Salahuddin Quader Chowdhury, MP and Political Advisor to the Prime Minister BegumMessage 1 of 22 , May 31, 2003View Source�
Recently Bangladesh government has announced the nomination of Mr. Salahuddin Quader Chowdhury, MP and Political Advisor to the Prime Minister Begum Khaleda Zia for the post of Secretary General of the 55-nation Organization of Islamic Countries (OIC).� It has two aspects. First, nomination of a non-bureaucrat is a welcome step. We thank the Khaleda government for this. However, her�selection of Mr. Chowdhury�is a poor one.�
Since 9/11 Muslim ummah have been facing enormous problems and lot of scrutiny. Therefore, they need a leadership that can command international�respect, a�man of dignity and vision, and a man who can bring dynamism in this Islamic organization at a time when basic questions are being raised.��Unfortunately,�Bangladesh's choice is a questionable one.
Who is Salahuddin Quader Chowdhury? He is a Member of Parliament and a son of a former Speaker of Pakistan National Assembly under a military government.� This is ok. But rest is poor.� Mr. Chowdhury is reportedly involved in a number of murder cases. Those cases have not been dismissed yet. The current government has temporarily frozen them. The murder case of Professor Nuton Chnadra Singha, a Principal of a local college is still pending against him.�He is popularly known as a 'killer' in Chittagong.
It is also reported that he was involved in supplying�arms and ammunitions to the terrorists of the Chittagong Hill Tract and the Rohingas.� He openly objected the Peace Treaty as it halted his arms business. Unless these claims are repudiated through a judicious and transparent process,�his nomination is a poor one.
Last time, the Bangladesh government for the same position nominated Speaker Humayun Rashid Chowdhury.�It is reported that initially his case was acceptable. Saudis gave green signal as he was�the 1st Bangladesh Ambassador to Saudi Arabia and was a dignified man by his own standing. But at the last minute, his case�was rejected reportedly as he was once found to be involved in drinking liquor or alcohol. In the process, Bangladesh lost its chance and the OIC had to elect a Moroccan diplomat for the second time.
Unless Mr. Salahuddin Quader Chowdhury's murder cases are dropped for good, the Western�news media may relate him�with that of Al-Qaeda. They might say that since�Osama Bin Laden of Al-Qaeda is no longer a threat, Islamic nations have chosen a leader who had proven record of success�in killing and terrorism. This would be sad indeed!��Therefore, we suggest our Prime Minister to review her nomination and select someone of dignity for which every Bangladeshis would be proud of. There is no dearth of such personalities in the country.� Please don't lose this chance and bring another disgrace to the nation.
Madam Prime Minister, there are�many political leaders in Bangladesh even in your Okko-Jote that have a better and more honorable personal character and fewer allegations. �Let there be a public hearing in the Parliament to nominate a person of dignity. Please don�t disgrace the nation again that this country has no good people. �
We can caution you that when the Western media followed by�Arab media will start publishing dirt about your nominee especially murder, the second most serious crime in Islam [rejecting oneness of Allah being the number one], it may bring disgrace not only to your Okko-Jote government and Bangladesh but also to the whole Muslim Ummah.�Already, the image of Bangladesh government is very poor abroad due to many weaknesses including corruption [no. one corrupt country], extra judicial killing of citizens under government custody, violation of human rights, inhuman torture of journalists and politicians, complete lapse in law and order----killing of at least 10/12 people a day, wanton rape and murder --- under such a situation, the government should be thoughtful enough�to nominate a person that could command respect and could be an image builder. �Moreover, Bangladesh must not loose its chance to have a Secretary General by nominating a controversial person for an institution that has tremendous responsibility in the coming days.� ________________________________________________________________________ [M:IA] "Chowdhury is reportedly involved in a number of murder cases. Those cases have not been dismissed yet."-- If this is true, we would expect that government has the maturity to comprehend the consequence of his nomination as OIC secretary general.
The following message was posted in Alochona muktangon, http://groups.yahoo.com/group/alochona-muktangon/ , a sister discussion forum of Alochona. I would likeMessage 1 of 22 , Jun 1, 2003View SourceThe following message was posted in Alochona muktangon,
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/alochona-muktangon/ , a sister discussion forum of Alochona.
I would like to invite you to visit the forum and browse the message archive, but please be aware of its content. It may give you a taste of what our youth may think about life and the society.
The graph of murder per day has a steep up-ward slope in Bangladesh
at this moment.Its true that murder, rape, acid crimes, corruption is
nothing new for us.But this time the extra pressure to curb the crime
is being put on by the donors.Bangladesh development forum that took
place a few days back with the donors,was highlighted by corruption
and human rights.
Its true army is not a solution for the chronic problem but at the
same time we have to realise,it might be our only option.
Yeah army does abuse their powers too.Thats why the international
community raises eye brows when ever army does come down.But nothing
else is working.We know our backs are against the wall, the only
option that will bring us back is army.
I have seen Ershad and his marshal law.Yeah it tasted bad at that
time.But the picture of todays democratical Bangladesh is not at all
pleasing for me personally.
Yeah its true if army is back the donors might cut back on our loans
but we are in diliema,the available path is a slippy slope
situation.we take it we get criticized by all.if we don`t we are at
the mercies of the gangsters,murderers.
Sadiq bin Huda
Is a militaristic regime the answer to our countries problem? Are we
deluding ourselves into believing that a militaristic regime will not
corrupt those in power? How do we know that the atrocities committed
but mastans and goons will not be committed by members of the armed
forces once they take over?
--- End forwarded message ---
Dear Alochoks, The 2003 June issue of Alochona Magazine has arrived. Go to www.alochona.org and click June Magazine! Alochona celebrates its birthday on theMessage 1 of 22 , Jun 1, 2003View SourceDear Alochoks,
The 2003 June issue of Alochona Magazine has arrived.
Go to www.alochona.org and click June Magazine!
Alochona celebrates its birthday on the month of June. Since its
initiation five years ago Alochona has been dedicated to connecting
Bangladeshis worldwide. For five years Alochona has stuck by its
principles of protecting the image of Bangladesh in the international
media. On behalf of the magazine team we would like to congratulate
Alochona for five wonderful years of success. However, this success
is would have been impossible without the Alochoks and their endless
support for Alochona through out the past five years. We would like
to convey our gratitude to all Alochoks for their vision and
participation and hope for continued support for the next five years.
Today we constantly hear about the environment and the preservation
of our rain forests. It is an important topic for the world leaders
as well as for various debates. However, the time has come where we
must go beyond discussing about the environment. The environment
became an international concern and an issue, which needs combining
all efforts to protect it and preserve its elements. As human beings
the Earth is our heritage and we have a bound commitment to preserve
it for the generations to come. Every race, ethnic group and nation
must set aside their differences and work together to preserve the
rain forests and ofcourse the green that is vital to our ecosystem.
Many scientists around the world are working day and night to find a
new way to protect our world so as to minimize global warming,
pollution and worse total destruction. Many want to prevent the day
citizens need gas masks to walk around and use air filters at homes.
Bangladeshi Environmentalists are not falling behind in this endeavor
compared to their international peers. But only Environmentalists
can't protect and preserve the world's Environment. Every citizen,
every government of this world must come forward and make a formal
commitment to protect this Earth, our heritage. In the past,
Alochona Magazine published a theme on Environment in Bangladesh, and
this month we again realized the necessity to again create the
awareness among our readers about their surroundings. This issue
consists of new problems and ideas regarding our Environment that
await your perusal.
In May, Alochoks discussed extensively about Non-Resident-
Bangladeshis' involvement to build Bangladesh. Many suggested that
NRBs must go back to Bangladesh and others thinks that it is possible
to help Bangladesh from abroad. What do you think? Alochona Magazine
is publishing two well-thought writings from Alochona forum for your
Thank you for your support for Alochona! Congratulations Alochona for
Five Wonderful Years!
Theme of The Month : Environment in Bangladesh
Article 1 - The Broader Significance of the Environmental Movement in
Article 2 Comprehensive Action Plan to Protect Surface Water in
Article 3 - Light Rail Transit in Dhaka
Article 1 Agony of an Alochona Editor
Article 2 A City Cries: Don't Pollute Me Please!
Article 1 Why do we join Bangladeshi Forum?
Article 2 Bangladeshi Forum
Wish you a wonderful Month.
Dear Alochoks: Salam you mentioned the previous governments proposal of a candidate deemed appropriate , someone who allegedly drinks khamr. It begs theMessage 1 of 22 , Jun 2, 2003View SourceDear Alochoks:
you mentioned the previous governments proposal of a candidate
deemed 'appropriate', someone who allegedly drinks khamr.
It begs the question... is the bangladesh body politic capable of
fielding someone for islamic organisational work given that:
-slanders quickly become truths then historically created facts that
we are scared to question
-Some of our parties are devoutly anti islamic
-we are fond of labeling anyone who did not sell out there
ideological dreams for love or death or money
-we are incapable of supporting anyone in their bid to do good
-half of our literate populace would like to call itself secular, and
hate arabs and pakistanis with an almost religous fervour
-we somehow imagine that somebody that has had to survive in the
bdesh political climate will be a tree hugging hippy
-that there is a party that will never ever do anything for Ummah,
whos followers have other geopolitical pretensions and will do
whatever they can to disrupt any gainful activity towards actualising
The oic needs to have teeth and command respect amongst muslims. not
the antagonists of muslim resurgence. whether it is mahathir or SQC
i dont know if it matters. i dont know if you realised, but the UN
security council does not represent the best interests of bangladesh.
southsouth cooperation is what we need in the coming years. It never
the 'international community' dear alochoks will see and report what
it wants to see about the situation. i am sure our world class,
freedom loving nation serving (sic) excuses for journalists will tell
them exactly what they want to hear about the muslim politicians of
I think there are some very able bdesh muslim politicians and
supporting a nomination that has already been submitted and has a
little ummahtic support would encourage muslims to articulate their
vision of society in a bangladesh that need to respect itself at all
levels and find out what it is and who it serves.
what do you think?
[M:MS] Alochoks on responding to this message please be aware that
Alochona does not favor postings that promote or demote a religion.
Alochona also avoids posting messages that discuss religion in the
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However Alochona may consider orginal postings discussing useful role
of a religion in a better Bangladesh.
Dear Alochoks, Mr Huda is frustrated enough to try the short cut - however this is not a proper solution for the crime in Bangladesh. Why do not we see marchMessage 1 of 22 , Jun 2, 2003View SourceDear Alochoks,
Mr Huda is frustrated enough to try the short cut - however this is not a
proper solution for the crime in Bangladesh. Why do not we see march and
slogans against the corruption and lack of rule of law in Bangladesh. Why
we are not vigilant enough in our everyday life to protest against
injustice. We see procession and lootpat for what is happening abroad, but
there is no proper protest against what is happening in Bangladesh. We are
accepting corruption as fate accompli, not realising it is the root of
Only a struggle for accountable government which is the corner stone of any
real democracy will cut crime. Democracy without accountability means
licencse too loot for 5 year term in office. This also means that the
political will to root out corruption is completely absent.
Seperation of judiciary from administration and a fair justice system will
dramatically cut crime and improve the overall business environment
fuelling progress and economic emancipation.
So, hit the real problem - not temporary solution.
Friends, I am Indian and native of eastern Indian state. In my understanding about project vision is move the water in rainy season from north to south (allMessage 1 of 22 , Jun 3, 2003View SourceFriends,
I am Indian and native of eastern Indian state. In my understanding
about project vision is move the water in rainy season from north to
south (all retain in reservoirs)
Because it creates flood every year in India (And probably same in
Bangladesh.). In summer after the rain many parts in west and south
India, river bears no water.
1. I think it will be good for Bangladeh that without spending any
money they will be able to control the flood.
2. All that BanglaDesh needs is to get minimum gurantee (% of flow).
In my view this is a win-win project and focus should be a
coopeartive approach to harness your national interest without
spending a dime.For India, it should be to get some money from
Bangladesh for helping in flood control (pun intended :-). If you
remember, Nepal and India has done some project together to stop the
flood in Bihar- t he solution was raising the height of Barrage at
[M:IA] In response to:
Bangladesh will be benefited in rainy season, but
how can we be certain about getting our share of
water in dry season? Are we getting what we are supposed
to get from Farakka? Can even a decent aggrement between
two nation ensure the quantity of water Bangladesh
entitled to get?
Although Bangladesh achieved commendable success and growth in the agricultural sector in the last three decades, our education system had very littleMessage 1 of 22 , Jun 3, 2003View SourceAlthough Bangladesh achieved commendable success and growth in the agricultural sector in the last three decades, our education system had very little contribution to in. The majority of the workforce in agricultural sector, the farmers, are illiterate. The only assistance they received from our education system is advise from sellers of fertilizers and insecticides. Although the government has countrywide set-up like BADC, I doubt whether the farmers receive any assistance from employees of these types government organs except improved seeds.
Does it mean that farming does not require any professional knowledge? I do not think so. Human being has long passed the era of sowing seeds and depending on the whim of nature. I think professional education and training of the farmers can dramatically increase our food production. Moreover, it will help curb the unemployment problem and the resulting impact on the law and order situation.
The government should positively consider providing training and formal education to the existing and prospective farmers. A five years diploma can be introduced in which students can get admission after they complete Class V. I am afraid that if this diploma is offered for students of higher levels such as SSC, they will lose their interest in working in fields after they receive diploma. They will be given practical training on cultivating using modern methods with details of using fertilizers, pesticides etc. They can even be given training on how to develop improved kind of seeds through techniques like grafting.
Our farmers are unable to get the benefit of bumper production of crops due to their lack of knowledge of agro based business and industries. Students of these diploma courses will be given courses on establishing small level agro based industries and marketing agro products.
Every step should be taken to ensure that students of these institutes do not lose interest in working in farms after they complete their education. Instead of conventional system of classroom teaching, they should receive their lessons in open field, under sun and rain.
It is true that collecting students for such diploma courses will be difficult. Traditionally we go to school so that we do not have to work in farms or in shops. However, the government can introduce attractive stipend schemes to overcome the problem. If you give only few hundred Taka every month to a village boy or girl for attending school, you will receive plenty of them. In fact the government is following the same strategy for collecting female students.
... understanding ... to ... That s what I am saying, Bangladesh will be benefitted in rainy season, 1. hence Bangladesh government should do a study of itsMessage 1 of 22 , Jun 4, 2003View Source--- In email@example.com, "anjan bhushan" wrote:
> I am Indian and native of eastern Indian state. In my
> about project vision is move the water in rainy season from northto
> south (all retain in reservoirs)That's what I am saying, Bangladesh will be benefitted in rainy
> Because it creates flood every year in India (And probably same in
> Bangladesh.). In summer after the rain many parts in west and south
> India, river bears no water.
> [M:IA] In response to:
> Bangladesh will be benefited in rainy season, but
> how can we be certain about getting our share of
> water in dry season? Are we getting what we are supposed
> to get from Farakka? Can even a decent aggrement between
> two nation ensure the quantity of water Bangladesh
> entitled to get?
1. hence Bangladesh government should do a study of its present
summer day flow and take a guarantee from Delhi in written about
future all time flow of water.
It can be better served if you form a technical group and talk
with concerned ministry at Delhi.
Any such agreement once reached is very difficult to break, because
it gives a lot of negative publicity. Water is very basic necessity
and no country can play with emotion of the world on this issue. If
you remember, With all bad weather in India Pakistan relations ,
water sharing agreement is the only one that is continuing for more
than 4 decades now.