Rio+20, Past & Future Summits and Bangladesh

Turning and turning in the widening gyre
The falcon cannot hear the falconer;
Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
The best lack all conviction, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity.
International communities are seemingly echoing the English Poet William Butler Yeats while organizing international conferences in the recent past and there is little hope for the future international summits to succeed. Look at the Kyoto Protocol and Bali, WTO Uruguay, Doha round, Climate Change all set to be failed because the carbon culprits, actors, stakeholders were neither present at the conference nor sincere in action. They are not signing the protocol; even if they sign they don’t ratify. The latest summit Rio+20 has not delivered what many of us had expected. Twenty years after the world committed itself to increased efforts to tackle inequality, hunger and environmental destruction at the first Earth Summit, we seem to be moving in the wrong direction.

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Viewing Hardinge Bridge from Padma Riverbed

Had India been the only upper-riparian country, Himalayas been the only mountain range surrounding it and rest of the countries of the world been its’ lower-riparians, India would have withdrawn all the waters of all the rivers to deprive all the nations of their due water shares of transboundary rivers. Continue reading

CHT: Brutality and beauty board on the same boat

People always tend to live on an even surface but the same people tend to visit uneven surfaces, I mean the mountains of the earth. River cruise is an interesting hobby for most of us but people, whose lands are frequently devoured by the river, want to move away from the vulnerable bank of a river, settling in a place which is at a safe distance from river. Journey by boat is fascinating but living on a boat all through a life is never fascinating. Continue reading

Will Bangladesh have any river after 2021?

Had Manik Bandopadhyay been very a young man and gone on an excursion to the Hardinge Bridge point of 330km-long river Padma in June, he wouldn’t have written his novel ‘Padma Nadir Majhi’. From the riverbed if he could see overhead a train passing through the Hardinge Bridge, play football match with his fellows there in the Padma ‘desert’ Bangla literature must have been deprived of the characters like Kuber majhi, his sister-in-law Kapila, Hossain and many more. Continue reading