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talkshowChannel-ATN News on 26 April 2017
Talk Show: News Hour Xtra
Topic: Rohingya Crisis in Bangladesh
Anchor: Munni Shaha
Guests: Shahidul Haque, Foreign Secretary, Major General (Retired)Anup Kumar Chakma, Former Bangladeshi Ambassador to Burma, Ahmed Rabby Tanim, Journalist & Moinuddin Khan Badal, General Secretary, JASHAD.

A special Chinese delegate has come to Dhaka to mediate between Bangladesh and Burma regarding the long awaited Rohingya crisis. One of the most important issues Bangladesh has been seeking help from its international allies to resolve the issue permanently. Bangladesh government has recently taken a decision to shift the Rohingya refugee camp to a remote island named Thengarchar. This decision has been criticized severely by different political and civil bodies since it gives Burma another point to put the Rohingya burden on the shoulder of Bangladesh. Is it another way to legitimize Rohingyas in Bangladesh?
Anchor Munni Saha sought opinions from Moinuddin Khan Badal regarding this issue.
Badal criticized this decision as well and said, "If we give a permanent shelter to Rohingyas by shifting their refugee camps from Cox’s Bazaar to Thengarchar, then the day will come when Burma will tell us that Rohingyas are our citizens and we should take care of them the way we are doing it now. It is absolutely an absurd idea to move Rohingyas to another new location instead of sending them back to Burma."
Regarding the situation of Thengarchar, Shahidul Haque said, "Our official team is currently inspecting the entire Thengarchar area. We will shift the Rohingyas only when the new place will be completely livable. So there will be no humanitarian crisis in the new location. Another point about the Chinese delegate, we have talked with their team. We have talked about our stand and what we believe in. There are 400,000 Rohingya refugees currently living in Bangladesh. All of them came from Burma. Bangladesh wants these Rohingyas to be shifted as soon as possible. The root of the problem is in Burma, so we want to end this in a way that it goes back t Burma and resolves there. We want to resolve this problem bilaterally. We have been contacting Burma for years. Sometimes they respond, sometimes they do not."
Saha raised two questions back to back. She asked, "Rohingyas often illegally use Bangladesh passport and commit crimes in different countries. Ultimately, Bangladeshis have to suffer and pay for Rohingya’s crime. On the other hand if we move Rohingya refugees to a new place, what will be the reaction of Burma? What will we do if they tell us that Rohingyas are completely our responsibility that is why we have shifted Rohingya refugees in new location?"
Haque replied, "Nothing is final yet. Bangladesh has always been thinking from the humanitarian ground. Government is trying to give a comfortable living to the refugees, not permanent residence. This temporary shift is not connected with residency. One more thing I would like to mention is, national security is our prime concern, that is true, but we should not victimize a particular community being over concerned."
Ahmed Rabby Tanim has been covering stories regarding Rohingya for a long time. He said, "Pakistan based militant groups are trying to fuel terrorism among Rohingyas. Also there is a big syndicate of drugs, arms, and human trafficking. Mainly they are creating tension regarding this location shifting. The head of this syndicate is known as King of Rohingyas, his name is Bokhtiar, a local member of union council. The entire syndicate is run by him. They are involved in all sorts of criminal activities. So why are they being shifted to Thengarchar? They can spread the crimes of borders in the inside of borders now. Former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan and ambassadors of Britain, United States, and Philippines have visited the refugee camp. All of them said that Burma has to take the Rohingyas back. Then why are we going away from that position? And does the government has the ability, manpower, and infrastructural arrangement to build a new place for Rohingya refugees in Thengarchar? How the government will ensure it?
Haque replied, "I do not know where you get the information about our stand. However, we can assure you that we are strong in our stand that Burmese government has to solve their own problem and must take Rohingya refugees back. We are working bilaterally and also lobbying with countries that have friendly relation with us. We have welcomed the report of Annan. If that report needs any kind of assistance for implementation, Bangladesh will always be there for any kind of support."
Anup Kumar Chakma said, "A group wants this problem to sustain because they can take advantage of it. This group is involved with drugs, arms, and human trafficking. So if the Rohingya refugee is solved, then this group will ultimately suffer. This group poses a threat to the entire Chittagong hill tracts area and border areas with Burma. So I think that can be a reason for shifting the refugee camp to Thengarchar."
The show ended with a note where all the speakers hoped that the Rohingya refugee crisis soon will end by the bilateral and multilateral attempt and cooperation.

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talkshowChannel-24 on 20 April 2017
Talk Show: Muktobak
Topic: Uses of Religion in the Politics of Bangladesh
Anchor: Rahul Raha
Guests: Barrister Dilara Khandker, Presidium Member, Jatiya Party
Sheikh Rabiul Alam, Central Executive Committee, Bangladesh Nationalist Party
Rashek Rahman, Politician, Bangladesh Awami League.

Uses of religion in the politics of Bangladesh has been discussed newly after Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina announced the recognition Dawra-e-Hadith certificate of Qawmi madrassas as equivalent to Master's degree. Opposition political parties and cultural groups are accusing ruling Bangladesh Awami League [BAL] of being tied up with Hefazat-e-Islam Bangladesh [HIB, an Islamist pressure group of madrassa teachers and students] for political purposes. In this context, the show scrutinized this attempt of BAL and discussed uses of religion in the politics of Bangladesh.
The host Rahul Raha asked Barrister Dilara Khandker, "As Bangladesh Nationalist Party [BNP] and their allies are accusing BAL of building political ties with HIB. Many think that BAL is taking such attempt to ensure their vote banks for the next parliamentary election. What is your reflection in this regard?"
Khandker replied, "As we know that there are around 1.4 million students studying at Qawmi madrassas, while the number of their teachers is more than 100,000. And the growth rate of the students is 7.9%, according to the Bangladesh Bureau of Educational Information and Statistics. On the other hand, thousands of Maktabs [mosque-based pre-school education facilities] are operational in the country. So there are a lot of Qawmi-minded people in the country. As a result, HIB is a factor in the polls. So BAL is trying to attain the trust of these people by recognizing Dawra-e-Hadith certificate as equivalent to Master's degree."
Raha asked Sheikh Rabiul Alam, "Why BNP is reacting after the meeting between Hasina and HIB leaders?"
Alam replied, "BNP is not reacting actually. BNP is being critical to BAL due to their wicked politics. As BAL speaks of secular politics, non-communalism, and a few days earlier they BAL also accused HIB of spreading militancy in the country, today BAL is sitting with the same HIB."
Alam added, "BAL understands that religion is a big factor in the politics of Bangladesh. BAL leaders have realized that they cannot conduct another voter less election like they did in 2014. They have to go to the people to ask for votes during next parliamentary election. Although BAL speaks of secularism and non-communalism they understand that the majority of the population in Bangladesh are Muslims and they are religious by nature. So now they are trying to make peace with HIB and other Islamist parties to raise their acceptance among the common people of the country."
Alam also said, "Many demands of HIB are contradictory to the principles of BAL. But still, BAL is sitting with HIB and trying to reduce the distance between them. BAL is trying to use religion as a political tool in the next parliamentary election."
Raha asked Rashek Rahman for his reflection regarding the contradictory stance of BAL.
Rahman replied, "BAL or its president Hasina have not deviated from the principles of BAL in any way. Any principle or ideal is static but the procedures of applying that principle or value are dynamic. It changes over time. We have to accept that the uses of religion in the politics of Bangladesh and influence of religion-based parties in the election have grown over the time. But BAL is not using religion as a political tool. BAL believes in secularism. But the government of a country cannot take a rigid stand and reject other parties or groups believing in ideologies contradictory to their own principles. The government of the country is responsible for serving the whole population. If any organization like HIB forms and successfully achieves acceptance among the common people, then what is wrong in sitting with them to reduce their distance with the nation. As Alam was saying that BAL is trying to reduce its distance with HIB, I would say that BAL is trying to reduce the distance between HIB and the nation. We are trying to understand HIB and we also expect that HIB will understand the notion of the country."
Rahman added, "Bangladesh is a country of around 170 million people. Now among this 170 million, more than 1.4 million people are directly related to Qawmi-based education system and the number of Qawmi-minded people is much bigger than many other political party activists in the country. So the demographic significance of this group is not negligible. So if we want to modernize the Qawmi-based education and bring these people into the mainstream then it is required to sit with them for the greater welfare of the nation."
Rahman also said, "As BNP is accusing BAL of sitting with HIB despite holding the notion progressiveness. But progressiveness does not support excluding any group or party. Progressiveness means inclusive politics. We need to bring these people into the mainstream so that they can contribute to the welfare of the country."
Raha asked Khandker for her reflection regarding BAL’s stance regarding HIB issue.
Khandker replied, "BAL is doing nothing but trying to use HIB for their political gains as the next parliamentary election is ahead of us. But as BAL is tagged as a secular and progressive party they are also trying to imply that it is not a political tie to avoid the criticism."
Raha asked Rahman, "If BAL can sit with HIB for the greater cause then why BAL is not sitting with BNP for bringing political stability in the country?"
Rahman replied, "HIB leaders are not war criminals. They are concerned about the religious values and sentiments. But BNP is still in alliance with the party of war criminals Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami. Moreover, they also supported the criminals who tried to kill Hasina on 5 August 2004. So you cannot compare HIB and BNP equally."
Raha asked Alam for his final remarks.
Alam replied, "Earlier BNP thought they do not need HIB or like-minded Islamist groups to remain in power. Now BAL realizes that they need the support of Islamist groups to win the next parliamentary election. This realization forces BAL to deviate from their principles make understandings with religious groups."
Thanking everyone Raha ended the show.

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talkshowChannel-I on 15 April 2017
Talk Show: Tritio Matra
Topic: Image of Bangladesh in the Global Arena
Anchor: Zillur Rahman
Guests: Dr. A. K. Abdul Momen, Former Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Bangladesh to the United Nations and Enam Ali, President, British-Bangladesh Chamber of Commerce.

Bangladesh is a country of immense possibilities. But despite the country’s remarkable progress as an emerging economy, the country is mostly known for the issues like natural disasters or militancy. The show discussed different aspects of Bangladesh’s image in the global arena.

The host Zillur Rahman asked Dr. A. K. Abdul Momen, "Bangladesh has many possibilities and crisis as well. Earlier, Bangladesh was commonly known as the country of natural disaster. Now we are in the news highlights due to the militancy crisis. But Bangladesh is involved in many positive events like the UN peacekeeping missions. Our readymade garments have established a firm position in the global arena. Even after all of these the country is failing to promote itself in the global arena. Whereas neighboring India is placing itself in a very substantial way across the world in spite of leaving half of its population without proper sanitation system. What is your reflection in this regard?"
Momen replied, "I think Bangladesh is doing very well. As you have mentioned about India, India has at least 10 times more population than Bangladesh. But despite many difficulties Bangladesh has been able to promote itself in many areas. We have been praised in the global arena for our contribution to the UN peacekeeping missions. Many world leaders are praising Bangladesh for its miraculous economic success as an emerging economy. The Wall Street Journal marked Bangladesh as South Asia’s standard-bearer. We are the leader in disaster preparedness in the world. We have shown immense successes in woman empowerment. Bangladeshi garments have reached across the whole globe."
Momen added, "I think Bangladesh is staying behind in promoting itself due to very low media activities. Indian media is very strong in abroad. As a result, they can promote themselves in the global arena in a very effective way. But we are doing better in many cases compared to India. India’s per capita income is two times higher than Bangladesh but in social indicators like child death, maternal death, and poverty reduction we are doing far better than India."
Momen also said, "Bangladesh has hosted 136th Inter-Parliamentary Union conference in Dhaka recently. Speakers, deputy speakers, parliament members from 168 countries and over 200 representatives have attended the conference. The successful arrangement of this conference has brightened the image of Bangladesh throughout the whole world and showed Bangladesh’s capability of arranging such large-scale program in spite of prevailing threats of extremist groups. SO our image is not so bad in the global arena. We just need to promote our achievements more in the international arena."
Rahman asked Enam Ali for his reflection regarding Bangladesh’s image in the global arena.
Ali replied, "Branding is a process of allowing people to know about your positive and negative aspects. But in most cases, we see negative features are highlighted more than the positive ones. As we know after the Holey Artisan Attack, a very negative outlook of Bangladesh was highlighted in the global arena. We, Bangladeshi community rigorously protested then to show our stance against militancy and extremist forces and urged everyone to be united against this global problem. It is true that this incident defamed the image of the country but the law enforcers have shown tremendous success in quelling militants after the Holey Artisan Attack. Many countries in the world are suffering from this global issue."
Ali added, "But as a country, our importance in the global arena has increased significantly. The way Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina was greeted in India, it shows the current global position of Bangladesh. Moreover, China is also interested in investing in different sectors of Bangladesh. All these facts are highlighting Bangladesh in a completely new way around the globe."
Ali added, "Bangladesh has many potentials to be promoted in the global arena. Our readymade garments and pharmaceutical industries have shown huge progress over the years. Despite many difficulties, we our industries are competing in the international markets. But our public relation activities needs to be improved. So that people around the globe can know about the achievements of Bangladesh."
Ali also said, "Many times I hear that journalists from foreign media do not get allowed to do the report on issues like working environment for labors or child labors. We become a bit protective in this regard. But we should allow foreign media journalists to work freely. Because along with addressing the problems they would also highlight the prospects of Bangladesh."
Rahman asked Momen for his reflection regarding Bangladesh’s diplomacy in recent times.
Momen replied, "I think we are achieving wisdom and maturity over time regarding diplomacy. We have solved our land boundary disputes with India through negotiations. We also solved the conflict regarding maritime boundary disputes with the help of the international court. Moreover, Bangladesh is a very significant country considering its geographic location. India and China both the countries are interested in being a part of the development process of Bangladesh for their strategic benefits. And under the leadership of Hasina, we have maintained a balanced diplomacy during this transitional phase of world order."
Rahman asked Ali for his reflection non-resident Bangladeshis [NRB] contribution in building images of the country around the world.
Ali replied, "NRBs have always played an important role in brightening Bangladesh’s image around the world. But many times do not get the due support from the ambassadors in the diplomatic missions. Many times due to the ambassadors' political affiliation they do not serve the whole community. While they supposed to help people regardless of their political identity. These issues need to be addressed so that NRBs can get required support so that they can contribute to the country’s economy more along with building the positive image of Bangladesh in the global arena."
Thanking everyone Rahman ended the show.


10 November 2016

টকশোর নাম: জিরো আওয়ার
বিষয়: মার্কিন প্রেসিডেন্ট নির্বাচন
অতিথি: স্বপন কুমার সাহা (সাংবাদিক), ড. এ.কে. আব্দুল মোমেন (জাতিসংঘের স্থায়ী প্রতিনিধি)
সঞ্চালক: সাইফুল ইসলাম
চ্যানেল: বৈশাখী টিভি
শুরু: রাত ১২:০০

টকশোর নাম: তক্কাতক্কি
বিষয়: মার্কিন প্রেসিডেন্ট নির্বাচন
অতিথি: এস এম রাশেদ হাসান চৌধুরী (সাবেক কূটনৈতিক), আব্দুল মান্নান (শিক্ষাক, ঢাবি), মহিউদ্দিন আহমেদ (সাবেক সচিব)
সঞ্চালক: রোবায়েত ফেরদৌস
চ্যানেল: দীপ্ত টিভি
শুরু: রাত ১২:০০

টকশোর নাম: জিটিভি সংলাপ
বিষয়: মার্কিন নির্বাচন
অতিথি: মো: মেজবাহ কামাল (অধ্যাপক, ঢাবি) প্রফেসর নাজমুল আহসান কলিমউল্লাহ (সভাপতি, জানিপপ)
সঞ্চালক: জামিল আহমেদ
চ্যানেল: গাজী টিভি
শুরু: রাত ১২:৩৫

টকশোর নাম: খবর প্রতিদিন
বিষয়: শহীদ নূর হোসেন দিবস
অতিথি: প্রফেসর ড. আবদুল মান্নান (চেয়ারম্যান, বিশ্ববিদ্যালয় মঞ্জুরী কমিশন)
সঞ্চালক: সুভাষ সিংহ রায়
চ্যানেল: বিটিভি
শুরু: রাত ১২:০০

টকশোর নাম: একুশের রাত
বিষয়: ট্রাম্পের বিজয় প্রসঙ্গ
অতিথি: অধ্যাপক সলিমুল্লাহ খান (শিক্ষক, ইউল্যাব) খন্দকার মুনিরুজ্জমান (সাংবাদিক)
সঞ্চালক: অঞ্জন রায়
চ্যানেল: একুশে টিভি
শুরু: রাত ১২:০০

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