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On 'The Road to Freedom'
I would like to thank SWM for highlighting such an important topic when the macroeconomic problems of our country are rising enormously. Mr. M M Akash presents almost all the positive sides of our economy. But he did not talk about the inflation rate, which can destroy an economy if it goes beyond control. We have a high growth rate, a moderate GDP, and a good reserve of remittance but our inflation rate is very high. The price of rice is above Tk.30 per kg but the people from the lower income group earn Tk.25 or less every day. Though the government is giving them ration, it is not sufficient. Again if the government wants to increase the initiative then another problem will arise. The government has to buy or stock more essentials, which will lead their prices to spring up again. Then the people who earn $1 per day will not be able to afford to buy the essentials any more. This vulnerability in economics should be removed by taking strong macroeconomic policy by the greatest economists of the country.
Md. Hamid Iqbal
Dept. of Finance and Banking CU

On 'Bangla's Place in the World'
The rightful place of a language tremendously depends on the economic strength of a country, the outstanding contribution of literary figures in the fields of literature and the arts.
The creation of a great writer heavily rests upon the prevailing critical factors of generating a revolution where the inspired people have an unprecedented support to make it happen, to create the demand for great literature; and it is the educated and cultured nation which can produce the great literature.
The clutch of English language in every sphere of our learning system, the tremendous influence of Hindi cinema on our young generation, lack of world-class writers after Rabindranath Tagore and Kazi Nazrul Islam who could familiarise and strengthen Bengali language across the globe and over and above all, want of a patriotic sense of exercising Bangla with pride are the prevailing factors why Bangla, despite its rich literary wealth and the fifth largest language rank, hasn't yet succeeded to establish its worth and to get the proper recognition from the other nations of the world.
Dr. William Radice's devotion to familiarise the Bangla language across the globe through standard translations of some of the greatest literary contributions in Bangla is definitely effective in reviving Rabindranath Tagore. His suggestions for framing a roadmap of spreading Bangla through dictionaries, providing scholarships on research work and forming a creative community comprising of native and foreign intellectuals-are some of the key steps we must follow to carry on the triumphant march of the Bangla language.
Amit Abdullah
Department Of Finance
University Of Dhaka

Preserving the Purity Of Our Language
Language is the most important tool of communication and it is something that we use to express our feelings to others. I am afraid our most precious wealth (our language) has a great a risk of losing its glory as we cannot show the respect that it deserves. The real problem lies in our outlook towards Bangla. There are still some people who don't even feel that they to know Bangla well which is an utter shame on their part. I do admit the importance of learning English is unlimited. But we have to give the utmost importance to Bangla as this is a language for which millions of people sacrificed their lives. As a nation we have to realise what pain and sufferings the people of this country had to go through to achieve Bangla as our national language. The people of the world won't understand what value our language holds for us until and unless we learn to take pride in it. Therefore, we should learn to preserve the real form of Bangla to the best of our ability.
Tasneem Khaled
South Khulshi, Chittagong

Trial of war criminals

No government can survive without respecting popular public demand. I think it is also applicable for the present interim government. And I personally believe the government is very much aware about this fact and know what the public demand is at the moment. Because of this demand the nation has observed Independence Day of this year in a very different way .The main agenda of this day was the trial of the war criminals.
From the very first day this government is talking about making the nation corruption free. But is it possible to make this country corruption free if the culprits, who have committed the most serious crime against humanity, are not brought under the judicial procedure? This government has brought some positive changes that is really praiseworthy. But this caretaker government has a great chance to make the nation grateful to them if they begin the trial of war criminals.
Jhalok Ronjan Talukdar
Dept of Social Work, SUST

Rural Development
Despite the remarkable, though not enough, reduction of the rate of poverty after independence and steady rate of growth of the country's economy over the last decade, our inability to mete out these hard-earned benefits equally resulting in prevailing greater social and economic divide speaks volumes of unbridled corruption and blunders made by crooked politicians and policy-makers alike.
Needless to say, villages comprise the most part of Bangladesh and villagers are the major portion of our country's population. Ironically, an all-out effort for rural development has never been undertaken. Lack of proper education on agriculture on the part of illiterate farmers and age-old exploitative elements have been depriving our farmers of their due production and earnings for years. Limited land property and over population in villages have led to a staggering unemployment problem, fortunately cushioned by the RMG sector and manpower export. Although rural people have significantly contributed to country's progress, they have never been duly repaid in terms of facilities and attention they deserve. This fact may even jeopardise the stability of our society.
So rural development must be given top priority in its true sense and proactive approach should be adopted soon.
Ahmad Ferdous Bin Alam
Department of CSE, DU

Restore Mita
I am an avid reader of the star weekend magazine. It is matter of regret that in the last couple of months it has not published the 'Write to Mita' page. My utmost request to publish this corner as usual.
Nasiruddin Badsha, By email

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