Indian Cowing into No Beef Eating by Bangladeshis


In school days Bangladeshi students most likely have read an essay on the cow which was not only read but also memorized to appear at exams. But the essay succeeded to help pass the examinations but pathetically failed to inspire the essay readers to make Bangladesh a milk or meat surplus country. The essay could have instilled enthusiasm into every primary student to love, rear or if possible own a cow farm in future as a source of milk, meat and other things. S/he could have learned it for the benefit not only of his family but also for his country. At least the old good days could have been invoked when every Bangladeshi household had a cowshed full of cattle, a pond full of fish and a granary full of paddy. Indian cows were never ever have to be smuggled into the country. Besides, Indian ministers wouldn’t have to threaten to stop eating beef from their cows. If BSF were to implement Indian minister Rajnath Singh’s instructions strictly, India would be saddled with an additional expenditure in excess of Rs 31,000 crore annually and diametrically Bangladesh’s hard-earned foreign currencies amounting to 38000 crore taka won’t have to be drained out. On top of all Bangladeshi killing on border by BSF could have been stopped successfully.
World Cattle
Before we switch on to cattle situation in Bangladesh let us know the world cattle population and its distribution. The world cattle is estimated to be about 1.3 billion in 2009 when the number of chickens is more than the total number of human population (7 billion). But Bangladesh performs very poor in this sector in spite of being geographically located in the best cattle farming regions in the world— South Asia. As of 2003, the continent of Africa has about 231 million head of cattle but are often an “integral” part of the culture and way of life. It marks the starkest contrast between Bangladesh and India’s cattle production in spite of being in the same geographical region. The table below will show the top cattle-rich areas of the world where Bangladesh is missing. Number of cattle heads and the countries are given below (By 2003).
India has 285,000,000 cattle, Brazil 187,087,000, China 139,721,000, USA 96,669,000, EU 87,650,000, Argentina 51,062,000, Pakistan 38,300,000, Australia 29,202,000, Mexico 26,489,000, Russian Federation 18,370,000, South Africa 14,187,000, Canada 13,945,000, and other countries 49,756,000.
Source: Internet
Nuke and Meat
If we look at world nuclear weapons in the light of meat consumption we will be surprised to know some facts. Among the nuclear arms producing nations the US nationals consume meat most while India is the lowest. In 2009 meat consumption was as follows- US (120.2kg), France (86.7kg), UK (84.2kg), Russia (62.9kg), China (58.2kg), Israel (96kg), Pakistan (14.7kg) and India (4.4kg). World average meat consumption is 41.90 kg per person per year. Out of the total consumption beef makes up the 50 per cent of the supply. Among the arms buying countries Kuwait is the highest (119.2kg) consumer of meat while a Bangladeshi eats the lowest (4kg) amount of meat in one year. Those old good days have gone with the decrease in meat consumption in Bangladesh which is going to have nuclear plant at Rooppur. With the same amount of meat consumption India is producing nuke weapon whereas Bangladesh is far away from having nuclear technology.

Belief and Beef
Sacrificing animals and corn is as old as Abel (Habeel) and Kain (Kabeel) — two sons of Adam. Muslims as believers in Abrahamic religion have to sacrifice animals in the name of Allah. The meat of sacrificed animals is distributed among the poor. In Bangladesh poor people irrespective of cast creed, society and religions enjoy meat during the Eid-ul-Adha. To supply protein to the poor and unfed in this way is obligatory for a practicing Muslim. It is a very humanist activity to ensure protein for the poor. At this present world people need more protein, particularly in Bangladesh and India where people eat over four kilograms meat a year, 116 kg less than those of American consumption. As Bangladesh is predominantly a Muslim country so believers here should raise their own cattle to sacrifice. It would be beneficial both for their belief and Bangladesh. On top of all the UN should declare the day of Eid-ul-Adha as International Day to Ensure Protein for the Poor because majority of the people don’t eat 120 gram protein and 250 ml milk every day. It should be one of the MDGs of the UN which can make governments address this issue.
How Did Cowsheds Disappear?
But over a few centuries last Bangla-speaking people particularly Muslims have experienced socio-economic and educational exploitations under British occupation of the subcontinent. Even with the end of British Raj the marginalization didn’t end during Pakistani period rather the common folks of Bangladesh are still being robbed of their properties undercover. Many problems dogged Bangladeshis with the Hindu zamindars in power. With the economic marginalizationBengalis lost many things including, rich rice variety, fish population and sufficiency in milk and meat. Dairying reached rock bottom when the per capita daily availability of milk and meat stoodat 32.6 ml and 10.2 g against the requirement of 250ml and 120g respectively. In the fiscal 2009-10, total milk shortfall was 10.96 million tonnes, according to Department of Livestock. The major constraints to dairy cattle production are the shortages of quality feeds and fodder, the breeds of cattle, poor management practices, limited access to veterinary care and disorganised marketing systems. In addition, there is a lack of institutional support, research and training, which would be beneficial to the farming environment.
Job Creation and Cattle
Income generation, poverty alleviation are two other major challenges for Bangladesh.The only answer to lift people out of poverty is job creation. Creating jobs in urban areas is expensive due to higher living cost. Cattle farming may be one way out in rural areas to reduce pressure of jobseekers in urban areas. Dairy product companies urge farmers to treat dairy as business instead of treating farming as usual. Cattle farming also offers scope of producing biogas and bio-fertiliser. From cow dung, skin and hide to meat everythingis useful which make dairy a profitable investment. The sector should be declared a priority sector and Ekushey Padak should be awarded to the best cattle farmer in next five years. Farmers’ social status should be recreated. Best farmers should be given sponsorship to visit best cattle farmers in the world.Before that agricultural graduates should be encouraged if possible made mandatory to do animal farming business. On top of all govt should attach special importance to this sector.
What Experts Suggest
Industry analysts link low milk and meat yield to a slow pace in replacement of local cows with the genetically improved ones, a lack of breeding and veterinary services and inadequate investment in feed and fodder development. Farmers also need veterinary care, animal husbandry, dairy housing, quality feed and breed improvement through artificial insemination.Farmers feel to be tipped on better housing and feeding of cows, keeping untied, ensuring light and wind, keeping water jar for anytime drink. The farmers also need de-worming and periodical vaccination for the cows. By importing semen from the US, it also gives artificial insemination services to farmers at cost price with the aim ofimproving existing breeds of cows to scale up milk yield and a revolution. Govt should come up to set up more and more chilling centres, aiding the milk farmers of the country. Private sectors should be encouraged to initiate such projects.
Cattle Revolution
For a cattle revolution Bangladesh needs (i) high-input intensive fodder crop production; (ii) introduction of high-yielding forages and cultivation practices suited to different areas/regions; (iii) low-input pasture and forage production on marginal and submarginal land; (iv) production and dissemination of quality forage seed; (v) integrated systems of fodder production under dryland agriculture; (vi) coppice forage production system using forests and plantation sites; (vii) agroforestry system combining food and fodder production; (viii) forage production in areas with saline, alkaline or acid soils and in marshy sites; (ix) rangeland production from moisture-deficit areas; (x) preservation of surplus biomass for lean periods, in forms such as hay, silage and leaf meal; (xi) blending of shrub leaves with straws, to obtain mixtures with beneficial associative effects; (xii) minimising losses; (xiii) discouraging slashing and burning in Chittagong Hill Tracts and other hills; (xiv) dissemination of on-the-shelf technologies for improving the digestibility, nutritive value and palatability of crop residues; (xv) reducing losses through improved conservation and feeding; (xvi) improvement of crop residues through treatments; (xvii) using multi-purpose crop varieties, particularly in rainfed areas; (xviii) use of fast-growing root in sandy soils of arid and semiarid zones; (xix) biotechnologies for improving the nutritive value of feeds; (xx) development of supplementary feeds.
Bangladesh would never be cowed into not beef eating under Indian pressure as it was once a meat and milk rich country in the world. It will also try to depend on its local products made in Bangladesh. The govt would include a cow farm in its ‘Ekti Bari Ekti Khamar’ (one house one farm) project. Even buffaloes can be included in this one house one farm project to help the farmers to be self-reliant on their own milk produces.

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Rise and Fall of Politics


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Pictures in the post are sourced from Internet

Pictures in the post are sourced from Internet

Through the War of Independence Bangladesh got liberty in 1971 from the ruling class of Pakistan.There were seven crore population and 1.52 lakh freedom fighters to ransom their lives to free the nation from the clutches of the west. People of Bangladesh started to dream a new life and change after the end of Pakistan misrule and torture. Brave freedom fighters fought against the Pakistan army to put an end to looting and concentration of wealth by the
then 22 crorepati families– all of them from the western part of the country (Pakistan). Before that Awami League
won brute majority in 1970 elections under the stewardship of the founding president of Bangladesh Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
With the birth of the new nation aspirations for peace and prosperity went very high with much fanfare.But after much funfare the same people began to be frustrated and defranchaised about the misrule of the Bangladesh govt
in between 1972-75. People lost the right to form parties as the govt banned all political parties except one ruling party- Bangladesh Krishak Sramik League- popularly known as BAKSAL. As a result of utter mismanagement of the regime Bangladesh experienced famine, leaving several lakhs dead. People were left into despair. A vacuum was created. People were looking for a platform to heal their wound, vent their anger above all they to speak up against the then one-party rule.
A counter organisational instead of opposion political force replacing the ruling quarters (parties) like Muslim League was working to flourish then and that was Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal (JSD). At the same time
In this backdrop grooming up of some patriotic, honest and competent political activists was the demand of the time. Creation of a platform was inevitable in the dark time.Some platforms came into being then including BNP. The space was filled after long 8 years inside the independence.
History repeats itself. It took only 25 years for BNP to take u-turn, toeing the footsteps other pure capitalists and
pro-corporates or disbelieving in the market intervention on the social democratic lines or on Islamic market
monitoring lines.Starting with the professionals the party started to deviate by selling nomination to businesses in
1991 parliamentary polls and lost the ground to do something for the welfare of the people.
Businessmen turned into policymakers of the party, transforming it into businessmen’s and crorepati contractors’ party
BNP hegemony, to change pro-people BNP into pro-business or pro-rich BNP, wholesaly supported the contractors
and other businesses to flourish.Primarily politicians coming into the fold of BNP, turned into business barons
vice versa basically businessmen came to be politicians. Same fate has befallen on the commons with few exceptions of dictators’ days.
Over the years people have seen political wrangle between two capitalists–BNP and Awami League–and it again
frustrated people.Despotic nature of the government prompts the opposition to resort to confrontation
course, creating space for third party. Scope to come to power without people’s mandate was also widened.
So some brave enthusiastic and visionary young guys need to be organised. The organisation will give priority to people’s welfare, check concentration of wealth, practise democracy and social welfare activities. It will promote scholarly people, address farmers’ woes, set up a good number of educational institutes for crores of students to groom up.
Freedom Fighters, national leaders including Maulana Abdul Hamid Khan Bhasani, founding president Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, Major General Ziaur Rahman and others will be duly honoured. With organisational strenght, love among the activists, sincerity in grooming students and furthering their career and creating around 25 lakh
jobs along with the vision to safeguard the whole nation from all forms of oppression, repression and exploitation the third force will turn into the alternative to BNP and Awami League in Bangladesh… (to be continued)

Muslims as Minorities in the East


Is 2009 too far? Have you forgotten about the clashes that erupted between Chinese Han and Uighur — two of the 55 ethnic minorities, leaving several hundreds dead and thousand others injured? In July 2012, the London-based human rights group Amnesty International said that three years on from the Urumqi riots, the Chinese authorities were continuing “to silence those speaking out on abuses” in Xinjiang. After three years inside the bloody incidents in Buddhist majority China, also a home to 200 million Muslims, it all began in Myanmar. Muslims particularly Rohingyas started facing discrimination, summary trial, rape, deprivation of rights to own their ancestral land, giving birth to baby and total ethnic cleansing. Rohingyas, mostly poor villagers of Sittwe having almost no access to education, treatment are deprived of most of the civic amenities as Islam is their religion and speak Bangla. Even they are not allowed to gravitate to cities for work. Replicating those racial tensions in China and Myanmar Muslim bashing started in Sri Lanka though slowly inside four years after the civil war which left several thousand Muslims dead for the unified Lanka. At the hands of LTTE many were killed and over one lakh displaced from the north. LTTE leader Villupillai Provakaran in 2002 acknowledged that extradition and ethnic cleansing of Muslims from the Tamil-dominated north was a mistake. The less said of Muslim-bashing in southernmost Thailand and Mindanao of Philippines the better.
Among these countries situation in Myanmar is the gravest as the ‘state hands’ were reportedly the Muslim-bashing. The recent spate of clash in Rakhaine as well as in the central states left several hundred dead and 1300 houses were razed to the ground, displacing thousands others. Probably the fishes of the Bay of Bengal and other waters went very happy because of the dead Rohingyas while fleeing on boat to the destinations like Bangladesh, Thailand and Malaysia. Human rights watchdogs find the deliberate inertia of the Myanmar police and demand probe into the ethnic cleansing though a small number of Buddhists were affected.
Human right is such a term which is not applicable to the Muslims in Myanmar. The former junta apparently turned into an ethnic-cleansing rogue ruler. National League for Democracy leader Aung Sun Suu Kyi, like many other capitalists, has no strong say about the minority persecution in Myanmar. As a populist and an apparent capitalist she didn’t want to hurt the sentiment and Buddhist nationalist voters back at home. But she should know that once she was a political minority for raising voice against junta govt and the Swedish Nobel Academy had awarded her Nobel Peace Prize without any vision. There is food for thought for Suu Kyi whose father promised to solve the problems of the Muslims of the country.
Ethnic minorities in Bangladesh who look like those of Bamars or Mongoloids with their snub nose amount to 8 lakh. Coincidentally the ethnic minorities in Myanmar who look like those of Bangladeshis with their dark complexion and sharp nose amount to 8 lakh. The United Nations claims ethnic minorities in Myanmar to be the most persecuted minorities in the world not the Bangladeshi ethnic minorities (Magh, Chakma, Murang and others). Here in Bangladesh tribal people don’t have to struggle against striking out their status as ethnic minorities but the Rohingyas have to. Chittagong Hill Tract minorities are trying to get the indigenous priority which Bomang Raja Aung Shu Pro Chowdhury said they were not indigenous people in CHT. They threaten struggle against the majorities in Bangladesh as they enjoy different quota in education, job and other sectors. Rather they had been living here since 17th century whereas Rohingyas have been living in Arakan state of Myanmar for centuries in impoverished state. Even 1982 citizen law deprived them of citizenship. If expulsion of minorities go on in the countries all over the world there will be countries left based only on religions. All the Christians will migrate to predominantly Christian countries and 160 crore (23pc) Muslims only to 57 Muslim countries and in this way Hindus to India and Nepal. But Jews will have left only to migrate to Israel when Buddhists to China, Japan, Cambodia, Thailand Myanmar and other predominantly Buddhist countries. If new polarization on the basis of religious beliefs takes place with such massive migration what will happen to other religions — (Shikh Jaina, Shintu and hundreds of minorities — than four major religions (Buddhist, Christians, Muslims and Hindus). Where will the minor religions migrate to live in because they have no country to call their own? They will have no state and thus they won’t exist?
In the wake latest spate of killing in Rakhaine state at long last OIC, Egypt, Iran, Turkey and Saudi Arabia have come up to call the killing massacre of Rohingyas. Human Rights Watch issued statement saying that Myanmar forces join the Rakhaine Buddhist radicals to kill, torture, intimidate, use excessive force on the ethnic minority Rohingya to leave their motherland.
In Thailand, another ASEAN nation on Myanmar border, more than 5,500 people have been killed in continual violence in Muslim-dominated three southernmost provinces. The country is 1,291.6 km away from Myanmar. In fact the first killing of Muslims started in 2004. The militants have mainly targeted security forces and teachers, who represent the government in the provinces of Pattani, Yala and Narathiwat which are largely populated by Malay-speaking Muslims. The Muslim sultanate was annexed with faraway Bangkok in the beginning of the 20th century. Muslims have long complained of discrimination by the central government, and the insurgents are thought to be fighting for autonomy. But the insurgency remains murky, with Barisan Revolusi Nasional making no public pronouncements on their goals. Conspicuously the per capita income in Thailand is much lower than those of Malaysia which is on the border of Thai Muslim-dominated provinces where people complain of discrimination. So naturally insurgency takes deep roots among the deprived Thai Muslims who want living conditions better than those of Thailand.
At a distance of 2,215 kilometers there is another trouble spot, Mindanao in Philippines, where Muslim-bashing goes on now and then. These refugees eventually stretched Sabah’s social welfare capacity and led many Sabahans to hold them and their descendants with contempt as a burden and a security threat to the state. Kuala Lumpur’s attempt to change the demographic balance of Sabah by increasing its Muslim population and provide citizenship to Filipino and Indonesian Muslim immigrants also created some resentment between native non-Muslim Sabahans and later arrivals.
Malaysia’s reaction to the Lahad Datu standoff had been criticized by many human rights groups. While the original target was a group of only about 200 people, of which only about two dozen or so were armed, the Malaysian response crystallized in Operation Daulat. This operation was seen as excessive – a combined land, air and sea assault and deployment of several regular army battalions. While there is much pressure to come up with a strong response in the run-up to what many see as very close electoral contest, the Malaysian government should also weigh the reaction of local Sabahans, the Philippine government, not to mention the international community.
Refugees arriving in Tawi-Tawi, Sulu, Basilan and Zamboanga spoke of abuses and human rights violations committed by Malaysian security forces in the course of their mopping up operations and rooting out alleged supporters of the Royal Sulu Army. Beatings, harassment, intimidation and threats were heard from traumatized Tausugs and Sama-Bajaus fleeing Sabah. If proper measures will not be put in place, Malaysian plans to relocate Sabah coastal villagers allegedly “prone” to infiltration may also be susceptible to the same abuses, such as forced eviction and forced resettlement.
In addition, Manila’s request for humanitarian missions and access to Filipinos caught in the conflict, including both suspected RSA members, supporters and innocent civilians, are still denied. Moreover, it is very difficult to obtain reliable reports on the ground since independent press were denied entry.
While Kuala Lumpur’s actions may address the immediate security risks posed by the few supporters of the Sulu Sultan, it may spur long-term negative backlash. The most immediate are grievances against Malaysia’s role in the GPH-MILF peace process, a role contested by some at the onset but did not get much attention until after the Lahad Datu standoff. The Philippine government maintained that the recent Sabah conundrum will not affect the peace process, but considering the sentiments of those who felt left out in the process and the refugees arriving from Sabah, the upcoming referendum test for the Kuala Lumpur-brokered peace framework will prove difficult.
Malaysia’s tainted image in the Mindanao peace process may also not sit well with its present role in ending the decades-old Muslim Malay insurgency in southern Thailand.
Finally, far from letting the dormant Philippine Sabah claim sleep another deep slumber, the recent Sabah issue will only add more pressure on Manila to take a more vigorous stance, not only in reviving, but more so in pursuing the claim through various legal and diplomatic means.
Interference in the affairs of other countries has its merits. But one should be prepared for its consequences. Will recent events compel Kuala Lumpur to rethink its Mindanao strategy? Whatever contours or features this new stratagem may have, let us all hope that it will bring lasting peace to Sulu and Mindanao and a just settlement of the never-ending Sabah issue.
As the ‘minority’ issue is very a sensitive and thought-provoking so it is cashed and politicized particularly in developing countries. The ‘minority card’ is cashed by many local as well as the international communities. In the first place the word ‘minority’ suggests a feeling, an idea of small religious groups apart from its main meaning. According to Oxford Advanced Learners Dictionary minority means ‘the smaller part of a group; less than half of the people or things in a large group’. Quite opposite of that is the term ‘majority’ which denotes ‘the largest part of a group of people or things’. Those who speak or work or go against the majority are minorities irrespective of their cast, creed and society.
But the term has got many other dimensions, denotations and connotations. The section of people who protest and demonstrate against any injustice, disparity, unjust distribution of world wealth, plundering of the poor can be termed as minority. Those who speak the truth is the real minority in an office, family, and in the state. A truthful minority essentially should have friends. But virtually on earth only a truthful befriends a truthful, an outspoken befriends an outspoken and an opportunist befriends an opportunist. Majority of the people are never outspoken. In the face of torture, intimidation and all sorts of human rights abuse the minorities migrate from the countries of their own to other. They become homeless, jobless and a small part of the uncompromising and poor minorities eventually turn into gypsies — Bedey, Roma, etc. These dissents look for political asylum, immigration in third country to escape arrest, jail, majority wrath, punishment back at home country.
For supporting the cause of united Sri Lanka for long 26 years civil war Muslims restarted to suffer Muslim-bashing. As many as The tension gradually mounted high centering the halal certification for the shops who want to sell goods to Muslim consumers. The Sri Lankan grocers who don’t want to sell produces to Muslims need no certificates. The troubles centering the halal certificates issued by All Ceylon Jamiyyathul Ulama, have caused intense feelings of insecurity among the Muslims.

However for all sorts of bashing a society needs to familiarize the terms like fundamentalist, jihadist, militant, anti-Semitic, anti-Indian etc with the society, people and the world first. A media campaign including television, radio, print media and also online are operated until the suppressing or gagging looks positive. Such a media campaign was launched against Iraq and its Saddam regime. After long ten years of embargo and media propaganda against the country having weapons of mass destruction and getting nod from media mogul Rupert Murdoch the US-led invasion started in 2001. The same media campaign war is going on against Iran of preparing for nuclear weapon. It doesn’t need much intellect and effort to understand how the US and Israel are planning to destroy the country. Muslims, in the predominantly Buddhist countries like Myanmar, Thailand, Philippines, China and also Sri Lanka in the present case, face misinformation, maligning, giving bad names and all sorts of discriminations. If they react or protest against all sorts of misinformation, maligning, giving bad names and discriminations in jobs, religious, personal, social rights, then they are antagonized and demonized and thus kill them in the name of security, peace, democracy, etc. So the policy of ‘marginalize, malign then murder’ is implemented.

Synchronization of Indian political parties, PILs, produces, people, power, protesters against Bangladesh


When River Titas was divided into two halves, dumping of earth in the middle of the river there was no Public Interest Litigation in Bangladesh. To facilitate transit of India which has killed and is still killing dozens of our rivers it is choked in the middle, creating two lakes. Continue reading

Palestine Statehood: Cause of Humanity


Who hasn’t heard of cerebral celebrity Noam Chomsky, orientalist Edward Said or Arabic pop singer Latifa Bint Alayah Al Arfaoui and Tony Bla

Arabic pop singer Latifa Bint Alayah Al Arfaoui

ir’s sister in law Lauren Booth? They are none but a handful few who were deprived of the Western privileges they could have enjoyed. It happened not because all of them were Muslims but because they voiced concern on the oppression of the Palestinians. Noam Chomsky, an American activist writer and an icon for the journalists, is a Jew by religion, Edward Said a Palestinian-American Christian, Lauren Booth, a British Christian turned Muslim and Latifa is a Tunisian-Egyptian singer Muslim. Continue reading