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Rabindranath Tagore and Bangladesh August 9, 2007

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rabi-2.jpg On the last 6th August, 2007  66th death anniversary of Rabindranath Tagore  was observed. In Bangladesh the occasion was observed with pomp and pride. The TV channels broadcast different programs, the newspapers and magazines published articles and reviews and different cultural and social organizations exibit  their performances. 

Rabindranath is the greatest poet of Bengal. His wonderful creations not only confined to poetry, he virtually left no field of literature untraded in his lifetime and every field of literature in Bengali was illuminated by his touch whether it is song, story, novel, drama, travel or essays. His influence is such that neither his contemporaries nor the following generation could come out of his style and influence completely.

He is the only Nobel Laureate in Literature in Bengali; also only in the Sub-Continent.  That was in 1913 that he got the prize. After so many years Bengali  language could not produce any giant except Kazi Nazrul Islam, our poet of revolution.

Rabindranath Tagore is not only a poet of West Bengal. He is equally honoured and equally respected in Bangladesh. You cannot confine a language with borders. So he will be read and respected wherever there is Bengali spoken people are staying. Many of his literature were written in Bangladesh territory,in Shilaidaha and Sajadpur. 

Most important, one of his songs ‘Amar Sonar Bangla, Ami Tomai Bhalobashi……’ is the national anthem of Bangladesh.

Rabindranath became a part of  the culture and part of the identity of Bangladesh; religion didn’t  cause any hindrance in this assimilation.


Dr. Yunus in ‘Council of Elders’ July 21, 2007

Posted by bdoza in BANGLADESH, PERSONALITY, Yunus.
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A new humanitarian alliance by the name ‘ Council of Elders’ was formed by the  global leaders on the 89th birthday of Nelson Mandela in Johannesburg, South Africa  

The ‘Elders’ is dedicated to find new ways to foster peace and resolve global crises, to support next generation of leaders.

The E’lders’ include  along with Mandela, Dr. Muhammad Yunus, Carter, Tutu, Koffi Annan, Ela Bhatt, a women’s right campaigner from India; former Norwegian Prime Minister Go Harlem Brudtland; Li Zhaoxing, a former Chinese envoy to the UN, who started his diplomatic carrier in Africa, Mandela’s wife Gracia Machei, a longtime campaigner for children’s right and  former Iris President Mary Robinson.


There are seven Nobel Laureattes in the group including Dr. Yunus.  


Dr. Yunus wins again July 3, 2007

Posted by bdoza in BANGLADESH, PERSONALITY, Yunus.
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dr-yunus.jpgDr Yunus has been chosen  as one of the best Social Entrepreneurs of the world of all times. This selection was made and published in the Business Week on the last 27th June 2007.

Business Week said that Dr. Yunus started his banking system by giving small loans to the village poor. Most of these loans are given to the women folk of the village. These women invest their money in different small agricultural and handicraft enterprises.

It continues that Grameen Bank which  was established by Dr. Yunus now has 2422  branches. From its inception it has given more than 600 crore dollars as loan to the poor. Loan holders are also the main shareholders of the Bank. Grameen Bank became profitable within 3 years of it’s stablishments.

Other great entrepreneurs who are in the list include  Bejamin Franklin(1706-1790), John D Rokfeller(1857-1945), Tomas Adison (1847-1901), Henry Ford (1863-1947), Azim Premji (1945), Oprah Winfrey(1954).

If, now retrospectively, we see how our leaders evaluated him, it will embarrass us, if not them. They tried to knock him out by malicious propaganda and false accusations because of the interest he had shown to come to politics.

He has not only withdrawn himself from politics but  also withdrawn himself from the media and society also.

He had shown his good gesture to change the face of our politics and the fate of our country but we cound’t accept that.

A few days back, he had his 68th birthday passed in a very simple way  in Dhaka.

Still then, he will be remembered as the first Nobel Laureate of Bangladesh and one the greatest  Social Enterpreneurs of all times. 

He will remain as a symbol of dedication, simplicity and greatness for the generations to come of our country and of the world.