- Dear visitors of alochonagroup and Bangladeshi friends. This is the anguished thought of a Bangladeshi loving India ex-soldier who participated in the 1971Message 1 of 5 , Apr 21, 2001View SourceDear visitors of alochonagroup and Bangladeshi
This is the anguished thought of a Bangladeshi loving
India ex-soldier who participated in the 1971
IIndo-Pakistan War which helped liberate Bangladesh.
I am horrified with the killing and brutalities caused
by the Bangladesh boarder police personnel to the
Indian soldiers of BSF, the manner of physical torture
before killing in close range, the manner of carrying
their dead body, hung on a pole. This is simply
horrific, inhuman at the worst, particularly coming
from a country and people with whome we Indian are
friendly, and helped creating in the first place.
What is wrong with the Bangladeshi psyche ? They
killed Mujib Rehman and his family within years of
liberation. The Bengalis brutaliy kill their
co-citizen in West Bengal on petty theft, or religious
May I remind my Bengladeshi friends that it may not
take India more than seven day to fully take over
Bengladesh by military action. You have no Navy,
worth the name and we can block your port in a day
and none can come through sea to help you, by the Bay
of Bengal, The India Air Force ( I am ex- IAF) can
destroy your Air Force (whatever it is worth) and
cripple your airports in a single day, you are land
locked and no help can come to you as lthey will have
to fly across India land, our Army may take 5 to 6
days to complete the physical occupation. KINDLY DO
India has been very tolerant, But can Indian Govt
avoid action if the pople of this country demands.
The sight of BSF Soldiers hung on bambo poles and
being carries like killed animals still haunts me. It
is most Un-Islamic (I am a Muslim, by the way).
If the present Bengladeshi Govt feel that it is
handiwork of the political oppened (Khalida Zias
people) or of Pakistan to spoil our relation, then the
present Govt crebility is at stake.
In Allah Name, I plead with all Bengladeshi friends to
condemn these killing of BSF (India) border petrol
personnel and the manner of their torture etc.
Please rise up and shop up your Human virtures./
[M:MS] An Indian's view on the recent Bangaldesh/India incidence.
What I found interesting here is the comment that "it may not
take India more than seven day to fully take over Bengladesh by
Most poeple often forget the power of passion and emotion. Bangaldeshis will never let their country down to any other nation, no matter how terrible their internal politics and administration may be. They never did and they
never will. They will prefer to die en masse before that can happen, as they did in 1971 and before. Also India has enough trouble in their Western border. They will think twice before creating an uncontrollable cancer in the Eastern region. NO?
Read what "long arm and short arm" is doing in Bangaldeshi politics at http://alochona.hypermart.net/newsletter/2001/apr/
- Dear All: I want to share something which came out of some of our friends weekend Adda! Again politics. Pardon me to bring up this most unproductive ( is it?)Message 2 of 5 , Apr 21, 2001View SourceDear All:
I want to share something which came out of some of our friends weekend Adda!
Again politics. Pardon me to bring up this most unproductive ( is it?) and
confusing topic in Alochona's agenda again and again. Couldn't help it.
We all would agree we need to educate our people and politicians as well to
get a working democracy. There is no other option. We need to have a
transparent system, all the committees of the JS should be working not to
mention the floor of JS as a whole. But who would be doing all those, mastan
come MPs? Poor Bangladesh. Another thing, Bangladesh is right now waiting
eagerly for a 3 months of breathing time under the caretaker government. What
if we do this:
1. Change the JS duration from 5 years to 3 years.
2. Change the duration of Caretaker government from 3 months to 6 months.
Don't think this is a funny proposal, though at the first look they might seem
like funny. Lets take a deep look on this.
If we all agree on the fact that people of Bangladesh are better off under the
caretaker government, this changes will increase the percentage of time we
pass under caretaker government, from 5% to 16.67%!!
I saw an SubInspector of Police issuing a ticket to an SubLieutenant during
Habibur Rahman government. U know what was the reason? The SL was riding a
MotorBike with 2 passengers ( total 3 )! Can u imagine a police
officer in Bangladesh first saluting an Military Officer and then issuing a
traffic ticket? Yes, that happened in from of me in 1996. You know why?
Because that police officer was assured he will not get any phone call from
upper bosses or ministers during that three months!
Some of you might argue that cutting the time of JS would mean more election
in less time. That might seem costly for a country like Bangladesh. But have u
thought one thing. When a candidate will know he would have only 3(!) years to
commit mischieve, s/he would spend less 'kalo taka' in the election. Which is
a very good sign for Bangladesh politics. Moreover, there is a chance of
having election before the "Opposition leaders runs out of patience!" That
means less hartals??!!
Creative minds can go on adding the advantages of the two proposed proposals!
I would expect some of you would take the time to do that. I could add some
more, but I have to prepare dinner, :) I am hungry.
Long live Bangladesh democracy!
Thanks to all for reading.
[M:MS] See the current political activities related to election 2001 at http://alochona.hypermart.net/newsletter/2001/apr/
- Part I: Intelligent bombs Whoever is making bombs he is a culprit, he must be brought under justice. Who cares which political party he is backed by? The mostMessage 3 of 5 , Apr 22, 2001View SourcePart I: Intelligent bombs
Whoever is making bombs he is a culprit, he must be brought under justice.
Who cares which political party he is backed by? The most shocking thing is
that innocent and poor people are the regular victims and they are
forgotten after some exchange of rhetoric.
Two powerful bombs were planted in the meeting venue of Awami league at
Kotalipara. Police discovered at least one of those after the meetings of
Prime Minister and Home minister [in two consecutive days] were over. One
bomb was discovered from the office of the "Daily Janakantha". All these
three bombs were gentle! They did not explode in the midst of the social
elite people. But interestingly they exploded to kill poor people [day
laborers, garments workers] who were attending nonpolitical cultural
functions by Udichi and Chayanot. They also exploded in the meeting of CPB
which generally known as a progressive minded party.
The bombs seem to have a good sense of intelligence! They do not like to
kill the elite. If they do not explode, police do not need to do much. They
just give a press statement, "it is done by the identified,
anti-liberation, anti-Bangali fundamentalist forces". The ministers say
they know who are the culprits; but instead of bringing the culprits under
justice, they go on propaganda drive, "resist the fundamentalists".
Whenever a bomb finds poor victims, it decides to explode, some people die
at once, police find some evidence that the bombers themselves are already
killed, so they feel relieved. They try to establish the fundamentalist
link (they have not succeeded yet, for undisclosed reasons!) and the
ministers again go on saying, "annihilate the fundamentalists".
This is a vicious trap and we cannot afford to live with that any more.
Whether the bombers are fundamentalists or secularists that is immaterial
if the culprits go unpunished.
Part II: Seven pairs of shoes and slippers make a bomb?
I am quoting two news reports from the "The Daily Independent". [I am
quoting partially, anybody interested may click on the link to read the
entire story.]. I assume that newspapers are not hiding the truth anyway.
Now let us try our ability to read.
"Shibir activist killed while making bombs in Rajshahi
by Staff Reporter
An activist of the Islami Chhatra Shibir was killed and four others injured
in a bomb explosion in Rajshahi while three teachers sustained injuries in
another bomb explosion in Khulna on Tuesday midnight. Our Corespondent from
Rajshahi reports: An activist of Islami Chhatra Shibir was killed and four
others were injured in a bomb explosion at Darusa village under Paba
upazila of the district, police sources said.
The dead has been identified as Sukur Ali. The injured are: Mokhles (25),
Rubel (26), Bulbul (30) and Jahangir (27). All of them are also the
activists of Shibir, the sources said. The sources said the bomb went off
while seven Shibir activists were making it at a deserted house of one
Mozammel Hoque, a homeopathic doctor.
The body of Sukur was charred and torn apart. The house in which the bomb
was being made was also damaged in the blast. Police recovered seven pairs
of shoes and slippers from the spot.
Two of the injured were admitted to the Rajshahai Medical College Hospital
(RMCH) and two others to Jum Jum Islami Hospital in Luxmipur in the city.
The police later arrested the injured from Jum Jum Hospital and shifted
them to the RMCH.
Meanwhile, President and Secretary of Rajshahi District Unit of the Islami
Chhatra Shibir (ICS) Obaidullah and Aminul Islam respectively in a joint
statement blamed the ruling party backed Chhatra League cadres for the bomb
blast. They alleged that BCL cadres hurled the bomb at the Shibir activists
who were gossiping in the house at that time."
"SSC examinee killed as bomb explodes at Jubo League man's house
FENI, Apr 20: A bomb exploded at the house of a local Jubo League leader
leaving his 17-year-old niece killed here today, reports UNB .
Sources said a bomb went off at the house of Irin's maternal uncle and Jubo
League leader Shah Alam at Silonia village in Sadar Upazila at about 10:30
am killing the girl instantly
Sources said the bomb manufactured in a thin pot was kept in the house and
it blasted when curious Irin tried to open it. Another source said Irin
found the bomb abandoned outside the house
The district administration has agreed to hand over the victim's body to
her family without post-mortem on condition of not filing case in this
connection, sources said."
Dear readers!, if you wish, I am sure you will find a lot of similar
reports. News #2 or the like certainly does not justify a similar act by an
opponent group as reported in News #1. My purpose is to show how the police
and the administration behave differently in different situations and how a
biased reader reads the news reports.
The first report say that shibir (fundamentalist) people were killed while
making bombs and the Shibir leaders say they were attacked by the BCL
goons. It is the duty of police to prove who is telling the truth. The
police did some progress as the report says, "Police recovered seven pairs
of shoes and slippers from the spot." Readers must know how much
intelligence some one needs to imagine how a bomb is made out of shoes or
Maybe police will arrest some more fundamentalists and Jamaat Shibir people
to torture them inhumanly and our nonfundamentalist brothers/ sisters may
join the police to prove how bombs are made from slippers. However, I
request all of you to follow up the investigation and not to let the
culprits go unpunished.
Now let me turn to the second incident. Police said, the bomb manufactured
in a thin pot was kept in the house of Jubo League leader Shah Alam and it
blasted when the curious girl tried to open it. But police did not arrest
anybody. Not only that, the district administration has agreed to hand over
the victim's body to her family without post-mortem on condition of not
filing case in this connection.
I can not request you to follow up this case, as the administration has
already settled the issue; there should be no case in this regard!
[M:MS] Read Alochona magazine at http://alochona.hypermart.net/newsletter/2001/apr/
- This is in response to Mr. Suman s e-mail regarding Bangla font in Unicode sent on 4/26/01. The Bangla characters in the Unicode standard is not for BangladeshMessage 4 of 5 , Apr 30, 2001View SourceThis is in response to Mr. Suman's e-mail regarding Bangla font in Unicode
sent on 4/26/01.
The Bangla characters in the Unicode standard is not for Bangladesh only, it
is for the Bangla language, wherever it appears in the world. Unicode also
tries to preserve all the characters in that language, that is why one will
see many characters which are not being used currently.
1. Khondo-Ta is not a stand alone character according to Unicode standard
because it is a variation of Ta. The name Khondo says that. The shape or
glyph of Ta takes the shape of Khondo-Ta depending upon the sequence it is
written. Therefore it would be done programmatically to change the glyph of
Ta to Khondo-Ta.
2. There is a very valid reason why there are many characters which are not
being used currently. Unicode tries to capture and preserve every characters
in the world, whether they are being used now or not. If we need to write
history of the language we have to write those characters as is. Without
having them properly defined it would not be possible to write them. For
instance, Egyptian Hieroglyphs are not being used now, but that does not
mean they will not be represented in the Unicode.
3. In 1984 Bangladesh government was approached to be a part of Unicode
consortium, they didn't and still they are not. So obviously India took the
lead. Even now, after trying for 2 years I could not convince the Government
to become a full member of Unicode. It costs $2000.00 per month to be a full
member (one full vote). Even though Bangladesh Government has a Unicode
Standards committee with an annual budget of nearly $100,000.00 per year
they do not feel that it is important to be part of the consortium.
4. The private sector cannot do much in this aspect since there are issues
with standards and enforcement across the nation.
5. There should not be any question of accepting or rejecting Unicode
standard. It is an established standard in the world and they have not
neglected Bangla. If we can still come up with any character (original, not
a derivative of another full character), we can propose it to the Unicode
and they may accept it. However, to be able to do that we have to be a
member and follow their process like every nation in the world does.
6. It is us, the Bangladeshis who are still pretty much unaware of what is
going on in the world in this sector. For instance, we still could not make
up our minds or agree to have ONLY ONE national keyboard standard. Imagine
typing a document using Arial font and later change the font to Times Roman.
Will your content change or should your content change ? It should not and
it will not. But try that with Bijoy font and ShahidLipi !! You will be
simply stunned !
7. We have too many "smart" people in Bangladesh who thinks they know
everything and they come up with their own standards. The government
unknowingly or knowingly allows them to rape the language in any way they
want. I used the word "rape" because I feel that way. Just think for a
second, a person looking for a job may learn one keyboard by paying some fee
to an institute. S/he will be surprised to find out that the company s/he is
seeking the job uses a completely different keyboard layout. So s/he may not
get the job. Now who is responsible for the financial loss of this poor
individual ? No one.
7. We still could not come up with a standard input method (phonetic or
character based). There is no research on this topic whereas India has been
doing it for years. There are some key individuals in North America who had
done wonderful work in this aspect, but there is no standard to support
their innovation. So they are lost in the jungle of Government bureaucracy.
8. There is no coordinated effort in working with the browser vendors like
Microsoft and Netscape to make Bangla version of the browser. I have been
working with Netscape for the past two years but without success because we
have no standard keyboard layout to support it. Microsoft has included a
Hindi font (Open Type, Unicode complaint) in Windows 2000. After many
discussion with Microsoft, finally they agreed that they will include
Bangla, but one of their response was that they have not received any
request for that. I was the only one ! No official request was done from the
Government, neither a team from Bangladesh had visited Microsoft to promote
and push Bangla.
9. Imagine having Bangla version of the browsers and the operating system.
It would reduce the learning curve significantly, specially for high school
children in Bangladesh. They would feel more attached to the computer,
(hence Internet) and it open up a windows to the world for them.
10. No serious effort has been done on Bangla version of Linux. Some work is
being done. Again it will end up with a dead end, because there is no
Unicode based Open Type Bangla Font publicly available and there is no
standard keyboard layout.
11. Bangladesh is totally unaware about the revolution in the XML
technology. After repeated effort, I could not draw any attention to come up
with a DTD based on Bangla. This will prevent Bangladesh from entering the
global marketplace using technology like B2B or B2C. The data packet sent
from Bangladesh will not be understood by anyone else in the world because
there is no standards in Bangladesh.
12. Imagine for a second that even the font we used to type our Constitution
is not a legal font ! We have simply "stole" from someone else and used it.
Let me explain how. The place for the letter "K" is reserved in the world.
No one is allowed to put something else in it. No one. Someone may change
the shape (glyph) of K but only to represent the letter K. But we have
changed it to our letter "Ka" ! We similarly did that for the rest of the
characters. Then we placed all the juktakkhor (conjuncts) in the higher
ASCII! It is so funny that the font vendor never bothered to visit the
Unicode web site to read the document that says it all.
So the above are the problem, what can we do ?
1. Establish a standard Unicode based Bangla Open Type font and distribute
it freely for everyone.
2. Enforce strictly to use ONE standard, ONE keyboard layout throughout the
nation. It is not as difficult as it sounds. Papers has been written on the
solution too. If only someone had the ears to listen.
3. Form a team of experts (RB/NRB) who really know what to do and let them
lead the movement of making it happen in 1-2 year time frame. This team must
be empowered from the highest office in the GOB.
4. Become a full member of Unicode.
5. Work hand in hand with the operating system and browser vendors and
promote Bangla. Bangla should be locale, having native support of the
operating system, not as an add on.
6. Promote Bangla software development (with incentives) in the country.
7. Form a research cell to explore all the possibilities to restore and
promote the mother tongue. This research cell should consists members from
8. Distribute the technology for developing proper OpenType fonts freely and
promote developing Bangla fonts.
I had presented a paper on this topic in the TechTransfer-2000:Bangladesh
but received no response. However, Dr. Jafar Iqbal responded to my personal
mail saying that "it would be a crime if we don't do anything about it." I
salute him for the thought. But what can one or two or even a dozen
individuals like us can do ?
So answering to Mr. Sumans's soul searching question, (who will answer
this?) it is "us". "We" have to answer this. If "we" don't do anything, no
one else will come forward and do it for us.
I urge you to think about this and raise awareness. Let's all unite to
promote our beloved mother tongue. Let us feel the spirit of Ekhushe
February for the rest of the 364 days. We owe at least that much to our
We will discuss about this issue in the upcoming TechTransfer-2001:North
America which takes place in Houston in August 10-12,2001. Among many
distinguished guests from Bangladesh, Dr. Jafar Iqbal and Dr. Yunus is also
expected. If you are interested, please come join us. You can visit
www.techbangla.org for more information.
Let us see what we "can do".
I appreciate your time.