Tuesday, October 7, 2008

New Owners of Daily Amar Desh

In Bangladesh many newspapers are patronized by political figures and industrialists. On October 6, the ownership of Bangla daily Amar Desh was changed and Mahmudur Rahman, energy adviser of former BNP government was selected the chairman of the publication. That did not bother me anyway. But I could not but stare in utter disbelief at the list of prominent figures who attended the consultation meeting of Amar Desh on that day. Two names startled me most - Prof Anisuzzaman and Prof Sirajul Islam. As far as I know, reputation of these two venerable figures have always been beyond question. Were not they aware of the dubious distinction of Mahmudur Rahman's character who was caught red-handed while holding a clandestine meeting with government officials at his residence in the dark of night? How could they attend a meeting presided over by a person like Mahmudur Rahman?

Only a handful of people are available in Bangladesh whom young generation can follow and get inspiration from. It filled us with dismay when we are to observe their affiliation with an organization backed by a dishonest political figure.