Showing posts from August, 2018

"Poking Nose" in the Case of Human Rights is Everyone's Business

Bangladesh Information Minister Hasanul Haq Inu termed the U.S Embassy's rightful statement regarding the beating of students in the peaceful protests as "poking its nose in Bangladesh's internal politics in an indecent way" - that does not sound coming from a minister of a democratically elected government, representing a nation which is also signatory of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. 
Here is what US Embassy in Dhaka had stated in its Facebook post: "Nothing can justify the brutal attacks and violence over the weekend against the thousands of young people who have been peacefully exercising their democratic rights in supporting a safer Bangladesh"
US Embassy as everyone one else has the right to speak against any brutal attacks and violence on unarmed middle school, high school and university students that did happen mostly from Saturday. 
There was no need of this reprehensible crackdown. Students were protesting peacefully, then they were atta…


Nah! It's all rumor, lies and deception
The earth is flat and the sun moves around
We never gone to moon, all fabrication
Only the words of throne hold the ground

Didn't they tell all will be well and good?
Goons will not beat the innocents with sticks
And machetes but will bring delicious food
Dangerous roads will be cleaned, free of freaks

You have the full freedom of expression
Can say anything, do peaceful protest
No one will imprison you, commotion
Will not be the norm, nor be the pretext

To maintain the peace and tranquility
Of a loving "desh", full of fragrant rose
Where ministers serve with humility
and kisses, so alive! Not comatose

Where the people have the backbone intact
Not afraid to say what has to be said
And the children can learn, play, and react
Running boys and giggling girls with black braid

August 6, 2018
Mahbubul Karim (Sohel)

This satirical poem is dedicated to the innocent protes…

Bangladesh - What is Happening? Teenage Students Struggle to Have Safer Roads

We live in the age of internet when quick communications through social media is the norm. Some of these news sources look to be true and some of them seem to be dramatized to pursue an ulterior agenda.
Seeing various news sources, including some videos and news articles regarding Bangladeshi students protest movement that started last week after at least two high school students had lost their lives when a bus hit them while they were waiting to get on the bus, I am trying to understand actually what is happening in Bangladesh, a country where I lived my nostalgic childhood, where my siblings, parents, grand parents, cousins, uncles, aunts, long gone ancestors and many of my close childhood friends were born. This particular tragic event stirred a movement among the students whose demand is to have safer roads in Bangladesh, where thousands of people die every year from road accidents and many of them are students going to school or returning home from school. 
When I was growing up…