The news of a rickshaw puller who returned Tk 18.5 lakh to a passenger, who had mistakenly left it in the rickshaw, is an inspiring story of honesty. The 55-year-old Lal Mia is an individual to whom personal integrity is far more important than a material need for money. But the fact that the news was circulated widely also shows how rare such honest acts have become. We are surprised when such acts of kindness and honesty make headlines.
Unfortunately, corruption, greed and dishonesty have become pervasive in our society, so much so that we are no longer surprised when news on these issues gets published. I think the society has a lot to learn from Lal Mia’s incident and celebrate honesty through our everyday acts.
Nur Jahan, Chattogram