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The Rolling Wheel

The other day a friend and I were walking in the streets of Motijheel because we could not get any transportation in the midst of a traffic gridlock. As we were about to cross the road, we noticed a speeding bus coming towards our direction. Although the bus was quite at a distance we decided to wait for the bus to pass by. After it passed, we started to cross the road and we heard a loud screech of tyres. As we turned to see, we saw something unbelievable: one of
the rear tyres had come off the rim and rolled away causing the bus to tilt dangerously. As the metal rim cut through the surface of the road leaving a trail, the bus dragged on.

None of the passengers died but most of them were severely injured. It could have been worse if the driver had failed to stop the vehicle before hitting something. Car accidents have become a common phenomenon in Dhaka city. One of the reasons behind the increasing rate of accidents is the number of substandard public vehicles and illiterate drivers.

Rahim A. Sajwani

Photo: Star File

The Innocent Victims

Last Tuesday evening, like everybody else in the nation, I was glued to our television screen for the latest updates of the three-day-long strike. What saddened me the most was that a group of people were throwing bricks and stones at a private car and setting fire to several other vehicles. Do those people ever stop to consider how hard the owner of the car or the vehicle might have worked to buy it? Do they even understand how many years worth of savings lead to the purchase of such items for a certain class of people?

That car or vehicle could have been a person's dream. And some people do not even think twice about shredding off that dream in a matter of a few minutes. On Tuesday alone, fourteen cars were said to have been destroyed. We all would like to see the reinforcement of law and order to stop the vandalism of vehicles during such vulnerable events. Please, stop snatching away peoples' dreams!

Fariha Hasan
via email

Influence of Foreign Culture

A few days ago, I went to a cultural function that was being held at a primary school. I hoped that the function would be an interesting one, but what I saw, was disappointing. Primary school girls were dancing to the tunes of recent Hindi and Kolkata Bangla movie songs. Surprisingly the teachers and guardians were inspiring them. I was shocked by this. Primary education is the foundation of the formal education system. This is the stage where children should be introduced to their own culture. But what we are doing is opposite to what we should be doing. Young children may not understand what they are doing, but we do and we should not encourage them in such practices.

Shah Alom Miah
via email

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