Alochona Magazine December 2001 Issue Is Out
- Dear Alochoks:
The 10th issue of Alochona Magazine ( http://magazine.alochona.org )
is out. The theme of the month is "The War We Forgot".
Special Feature -3 articles
Christmas: The Incarnation, The Enfleshment of God
November Issue Theme Topic: The War We Forgot
Article-1) Bangladesh Liberation War: A Personal Diary
Article-2) The Independence Song
Article-3) "Ami Birangana Bolchi"
On the news section, we have the news about Beatle's guitarist George
Harrison's death and his contribution.
A Moment With Azad
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- Alochona Topic of The Month; Media Watch: Image and Reality
The advent of electronic (internet) media has conspired to make the
world an even a smaller place. Physical texts once found in the print
media for a morning or afternoon reading now is at an instantaneous
click away on our screen. Print media have curved a slice of this
huge chunk of pie by expanding their services to the cyber world,
along with independent magazines and newspapers have sprouted like
roots, making their own mark by catering to their readers of usually
very specific outlook and mind, and thus, helping to shape and mold
principles and thinking process from issue about Chechnya to U.S.
policy in South Asia.
With this evolution has come an entire sophisticated industry,
unrestricted by distance and time zones, dedicated to the management
of perception and image through media. From marketers to PR
consultants to military and political propagandists all can partake
in this grand scheme of information sharing, regardless of the merits
of their words, statements, and allegations. It is easy, cost-
effective and totally limitless- let us push the button to the
extreme world and go unaccountable.
The significance of media coverage has even brought with it its own
phraseology (e.g."trial by media") and contributed to whole bodies of
law (e.g. copyright, libel). This growth is testimony to the
significant implications of media exposure for individuals and
institutions alike. Electronic media with print media add to the
combustible and uneasy chemistry of those who cover us and those get
Over the years the line between reporting of facts and cynical
manipulation has become blurred with one often masquerading as the
other; marketing has become news skill. This is a direct consequence
of individuals and organizations seeking to take control of their
media image, a desire driven at least in part by the recognition of
the huge damage than can be caused by negative images. This is also a result of the need to drum up public opinion in favor of a particular issue before a government or an organization and harness our sensibilities to garner support by indirect publicity and brain-washing, thereby not making a mockery of
That media has a role in the economic development of a nation is well
documented in the experience of many South Asian nations,
particularly India. From export promotion to foreign investment to
tourism, all have benefited from a coordinated and concerted effort
by government and institutions towards media image.
Set against this background Alochoks are invited to consider the
following questions in the context of the role of media coverage in
the social and economic development effort in Bangladesh:
1.Is Bangladeshi media responsible and effective in its coverage of issues and incidents that affect Bangladesh's social and economic development?
2.What role can Bangladesh's international media image play in the development effort? What is the image that international arena have of Bangladesh to this day, apart from concocting at the first instance phrases/words like 'a very poor country,' 'is that the country that gets flooded a lot' or 'is it next to India or something'?
3.Does Bangladesh need a media strategy? If so, what could that strategy be and who could execute it?
4.What responsibility do Bangladeshi journalists have in the development of Bangladesh's international image? What are the issues that face journalists in the discharge of this responsibility?
5.Does Bangladesh have a free press to independently assist in the development of Bangladesh?
- My sincerest heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of George
Harrison. My lifeline passion for Beatles was made richer and more
pleasurable by his music. His message of freedom through "The Concert
for Bangladesh" during the war of liberation in 1971 revealed a man of
the most delicate sensibility. I pray for eternal peace of departed
Today, after 30 years of independence Bangladesh and to pay homage to
George I got enthusiastic energy to write some of my memory as a
recollections of the 1971 struggle. It is neither to glorify any
political party nor any individual's role in the liberation war but
its purpose is to recollect the horrific days of the nine months, to
remember the determination of the people to make the country
independent, and to remind the strong emotion that united the entire
nation. I was at that time a young Bangalee freedom fighter a College
student with full of energy, and George Harrison's music was an
inspiration for me.
Greetings to all
[M:MS] Related to what inspired Bangladeshis during the liberation war,
does any Alochok remember the Swadhin Bangla Betar Program
'Chorom Potro?' Was not it one of most inspirational program at
the time that kept the nation spellbound. When the voice announced,
'mukti bahinir akromon Pak bahini re ekkere chherabera koira
falaichhe,' it brought an enormous hope to the people. Alochoks,
when we talk so much about liberation war, but why don't we tell
our younger generation what inspired us to fight so fiercely. Is
any recording of this program available comercially?
- Khaleda Zia�s Wise Comment on Student Politics
By: Mahbubul Karim (Sohel)
December 4, 2001
Some positive news are emerging from Bangladesh, one of them surely is an
encouraging sign. Bangladeshi newly elected Prime Minister Begum Khaleda Zia
recently remarked in one of the Parliamentary sessions that she would
consider banning student politics; she said that �student politics would be
banned, if necessary, in consultation with all political parties to restore
academic atmosphere on campus.� (The Daily Star)
I say, Bravo Khaleda Zia! Right move you are making.
The general student population who wish to have a better education in
Bangladesh will certainly welcome this news. The one problem lingers,
whether all the fractious political parties would agree on Khaleda Zia�s
intention. The opposition may find some other hidden agenda behind Khaleda�s
motive. They may raise and invent many true or imaginary scenarios that
could arise if the student politics is banned in Bangladesh.
Many of us also remember that Sheikh Hasina and Hussain Mohammad Ershad made
the similar gestures regarding student politics when they were in power.
Students played huge role in the struggle for democracy in Bangladesh, they
are the life and blood for the major political forces. However, the shape of
student�s politics that exist in Bangladesh today, is it beneficial for any
general students? Of course, there should be student�s voice and opinion
must be heard and respected in all the issues that affect their academic
life on campus. For that noble purpose students do not need to cohorts to
any political wings.
Considering that and also considering many opposition�s "would be"
allegations of hidden agenda of Khaleda�s true intention, for the sake of
our future generation, all the political parties should come up with a bold
plan for banning the current form of highly politicized student politics
from the Bangladeshi academic institutions. Our honorable PM is right on
this very pressing issue.