Editorial | The Daily Star
12:00 AM, September 24, 2020 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:00 AM, September 24, 2020


I love cities. I love finding out about all the different cities of the world, what makes a metropolis special and unique, I like thinking about what it is about the people living in a certain place that makes a place a certain way.

I think about Dhaka and its many problems quite a bit as well. The recent conversation around the relocation of street dogs from areas under the jurisdiction of the Dhaka South City Corporation has disheartened me. Cities need a personality, some character, and in my view, Dhaka's personality and character was made up of the unlikely and the strange. The fact that young people around the city have a special relationship with the animals that we share the city with is a great example of that. There are countless examples of young people who go to schools and colleges and universities, even the young underprivileged children who often don't have enough for themselves, being kind and taking responsibility for the dogs of Dhaka. The fact that dogs are still being relocated is emblematic of young people's voices being left unheard, and of authorities making decisions that only make sense to them.




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