To let the world know the good things of Bangladesh
The Indian statesman, Gopal Krishna Gokhale once said, "What Bengal thinks today, India thinks tomorrow". Indeed, Bengal as a region has produced four Nobel Laureates in Rabindranath Tagore, Mother Teresa, Amartya Sen and Muhammad Yunus. This is more than any other region in the entire sub-continent. And yet, People knew modern Bengal in Bangladesh as a "bottomless basket" in the 1970s and the most "corrupt nation" in the "last days of the century".
What a contrast when you find out that …
In 1971 in a Liberation War that lasted only 266 days, an estimated Three Million people were victims of genocide. This amounts to 7.83 lives per minute. An estimated Ten Million people were dislocated in neighbouring India. Countless more were victims of rape and other crimes against humanity. This is just the human price a nation paid for her freedom. This is just the human price a nation paid to write a ten letter word B-A-N-G-L-A-D-E-S-H. Still, Bangladesh stood proud and came out victorious.
This is only the tip of the iceberg. Did you also know that ...
There are nearly 32 variations in our folk music; our Bhatiyali is based on the classical Khamwaj Raga; each season has its unique fruits and vegetables; the people of Bangladesh are the happiest nation on earth? If you didn't know before, you do now.
In recent times, the world has just started to know Cox's Bazaar is the longest sandy sea beach in the world; and so should be included as one of the seven natural wonders of the world.
The list has no end. There is enough potential in this land. Bangladesh is no lesser than any other nation.
Let’s “Come together”; let's PROMOTE the good of Bangladesh. Let the world find out there's more to the picture than meets the eye, even though, "the story of Bangladesh is an ancient one again made fresh"!
If you think it is high time we started doing something to “Promote Bangladesh”, the join this Cause that is food for thought and inspire others to join too.
Let's do something, Let's do anything!
Whatever you do, no matter how insignificant it may be, please, please do something or anything so that one day our children and their children go to places where we failed to go even in our wildest dreams!
In The Concert for Bangladesh, George Harrison sang, “We gotta release Bangladesh”. Who knows if Harrison meant a genie that’s been locked in a bottle from 1971 waiting to be released only to tell the world the positive things it ought to know about Bangladesh.
So, like the Great Tagore once said, "Aji Bangladesh-er Hridoy Hote"!
Let the grounds split asunder
Let the skies raise the seas
Let the mountains move to the gates of dawn
Let the world know, a dream has just been born!
-- Asrar Chowdhury, Fri 12 Oct 2007
"Promote Bangladesh" is a concept, a universal dream shared by all who love Bangladesh. It is not related to or affiliated with any cause or group in facebook or elsewhere
1st September 2007
1. Our paths may differ, but our destination is the same
2. To 'Promote Bangladesh' in our own little ways
3. Together We Can and We Shall Promote Bangladesh