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Pabitra Mukhopadhyay


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Why not someone tell the story of Bangladesh in TED?

Bangladesh is a young country that earned it's freedom from a repressive regime through a bloodbath. It's founding ideals had been those of a liberal, secular democracy. But for 4 decades the fate of Bangladesh oscillated between democracy and military rule. The story of Bangladesh remained a gradual takeover of the spirited and progressive society by Islamic fundamentalism. The political parties forgot the founding principles of the country and the sacrifice that its people made for it so that the traitors that once supported the massacre by Pakistani military could go unpunished and sometime even get to be ministers.
2013 is witnessing a historical movement by civil society in Bangladesh named Shahbag movement.
This is possibly the last chance for Bangladesh to win a decisive battle against religious fundamentalism and in favor of liberal democracy if not entirely secular. Can we accumulate our opinions about this remarkable social change by a largely Muslim population striking at the core of it's own religious extremism?


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    Feb 23 2013: Pabitra, have you checked this out? http://www.ted.com/tedx/events/4894
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      Feb 23 2013: I did. Interesting but it's not the story I want told. And the subtext of the story is that a person from a neighboring country wants the story told as much a Bangladeshi does.
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        Feb 23 2013: There seem to be two TED fellows from Bangladesh. Is either an appropriate person to bring forward the story of greatest interest to you?

        If not, if you go to the Speaker's link above, there is a recommendation form where you can propose a speaker or topic you would love to hear about. Take a look.
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          Feb 23 2013: Thanks for the suggestion Fritzie. I have one name in mind, that of my friend Salim Solaiman, a rather adored TED commenter here. But I am not sure if he can find time or agree.
          Bangladesh is one very unique country where people defended and died in course of that to uphold their right to speak and write their language, Bangla. Their sacrifice is celebrated as a World Mother Language Day on 21st February. This language is spoken in the Indian state of West Bengal, a result of British division of the subcontinent during August 1947. The national anthem of both Bangladesh and India are written by the same poet, Tagore.
          As belonging to the same culture Bangladeshis are one of the most liberal, freedom loving and secular democratic people. Presently, the younger generation of Bangladesh are struggling to take their country back to 1971 when people of Bangladesh sacrificed their lives for secular democratic ideals, which history denied them sadly.
          It will be a pity if that story is not told to inspire freedom loving people all over the world.
          Btw, I don't see any link where I can suggest this topic.
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        Feb 23 2013: Bottom left corner of the speaker's page to which the link is above. But, for your convenience: http://www.ted.com/nominate/speaker
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          Feb 23 2013: I checked it Fritzie. But it doesn't seem to allow me to suggest the topic.

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