It’s amazing how a little foresight and the courage to step off track can make a lot of difference to a person’s life; and even more amazing is how this impacts an individual and the society.
Cultural activism has always played an integral role in Bangalees’ long quest for freedom. When the gallant freedom fighters fighting in the battlefield to uproot the Pakistan army, a group of musicians, artists and authors were busy on another front, waging a cultural war.
It’s been quite a while that the world has moved towards audiovisual learning methods, and Bangladesh is only beginning to put that method into practice. A number of online groups have already begun to develop audiovisual lessons. BRAVE – Be Related to Audiovisual Education – a voluntary online group based in Chandpur district, is one of the pioneers.
A group of girls changing the community life of a village through playing football – sounds quite sensational nevertheless a reality in a village called Rangatungi. It was like any other northern village of Bangladesh – calm and quite. Only boys used to play on the village ground which Hanna Hamrom, a young Santal girl at her early teen, could not take for granted.
Bablu was an energetic young man, who was a trained electrician by profession, went to Saudi Arabia in search of fortune in 2003 just like many other young men and women from Bangladesh, especially from the rural settings.
Born in a family of workers in a remote Moulvibazar tea garden, Bijoy experienced the bite of severe poverty as he grew up. When he was a child, education was a luxury for his mother, who earned a wage of Tk85 after a full day’s toil in the tea-garden, and his bicycle-mechanic father, who’s daily earning was almost similar.
How important is the role of culture in taking a country forward towards a desired stage of prosperity and development? It is hard to measure but for a country like Bangladesh, it has immense importance.
On a sulky afternoon in mid-2006, a freedom fighter was beaten up by a group of derailed young men in Dhaka.
Close geographical proximity with Khulna, one of the major metropolitan cities in Bangladesh, has never been a blessing for Rupsha. Populated almost entirely by working class people who are either fishermen or farmers or salt-factory laborers, Rupsha has never been well off.