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01:34 AM, October 26, 2017 / LAST MODIFIED: 01:34 AM, October 26, 2017

Rohingya killing exposes ugly face of capitalism

Prof Serajul Islam tells discussion on October Revolution

The ugly face of capitalism has been exposed as Russia, China and India are giving support to the Myanmar government, which is responsible for mass killing and rape of Rohingya women in the Rakhine State, said renowned academic Prof Serajul Islam Choudhury.

“The barbaric face of capitalism is exposed through the killing of Rohingya people,” he said, hoping that socialism would replace capitalism in future.

He was speaking at a discussion organised by Bangla Academy in Abdul Karim Sahitya Bisharad Auditorium yesterday marking the 100-year of Russia's October Revolution.

During the Russian Revolution in 1917, the Bolsheviks, led by leftist revolutionary Vladimir Lenin, seized power and destroyed the tradition of Czarist rule. The Bolsheviks would later become the Communist Party of the Soviet Union, according to www.history.com.

People had tried to establish social ownership replacing individual ownership through the revolution, said Serajul, adding that capitalism had failed to bring equity in the society.

He said socialism has not failed; the countries have rather moved away from it due to the infiltration of capitalism, which has contributed to extreme nationalism and religious fanaticism across the world.

Eminent educationist Professor Anisuzzaman said the October Revolution was a unique incident that ensured fundamental rights of everyone in the erstwhile Soviet Union.

Prof Hayat Mahmud said October Revolution brought a new dimension in the world civilisation.

“The intrinsic power of socialism lies in its perpetuity and nature to ensure freedom of people,” said Mofidul Haq, one of the trustees of the Liberation War Museum.

Researcher Prof Jatin Sarker wrote the keynote, but Tanvir Ahmed, manuscript editor of Bangla Academy, read it in the absence of the former. 

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