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Message by Ban Ki-moon, UN Secretary-General, on World Environment Day 2013

Message by Ban Ki-moon, UN Secretary-General, on World Environment Day 2013 Wed, Jun 5, 2013

One way to narrow the hunger gap and improve the well-being of the most vulnerable is to address the massive loss and waste inherent in today’s food systems

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“Think.Eat.Save: Reduce Your Foodprint”5 June 2013 – We live in a world of plenty, where food production outstrips demand, yet 870 million people are undernourished and childhood stunting is a silent pandemic. To create the future we want, we must correct this inequity. We must ensure access to adequate nutrition for all, double the productivity of smallholder farmers who grow the bulk of food in the developing world, and make food systems sustainable in the face of environmental and economic shocks. This is the vision of my Zero Hunger Challenge, launched last year at the Rio+20 UN Conference on Sustainable Development.

One way to narrow the hunger gap and improve the well-being of the most vulnerable is to address the massive loss and waste inherent in today’s food systems. Currently at least one third of all food produced fails to make it from farm to table. This is foremost an affront to the hungry, but it also represents a massive environmental cost in terms of energy, land and water.

In developing countries, pests, inadequate storage facilities and inefficient supply chains are major contributors to food loss. Those who grow for export are also often at the mercy of over-stringent expectations of buyers who place a premium on cosmetic perfection. In developed nations, food thrown away by households and the retail and catering industries rots in landfills, releasing significant quantities of methane, a powerful greenhouse gas.

Food loss and waste is something we can all address. That is why the United Nations Environment Programme, the UN Food and Agricultural Organization and public and private sector partners have launched the “Think.Eat.Save: Reduce Your Foodprint” campaign to raise global awareness and showcase solutions relevant to developed and developing countries alike.

Infrastructure and technology can reduce the amount of food that perishes after it is harvested and before it reaches the market. Developing country governments can work to improve essential infrastructure and maximize trade opportunities with neighbours; developed nations can support fair trade and rationalize sell-by dates and other labelling systems; businesses can revise their criteria for rejecting produce; and consumers can minimize waste by buying only what they need and re-using left-over food.

On this World Environment Day, I urge all actors in the global food chain to take responsibility for environmentally sustainable and socially equitable food systems. The current global population of seven billion is expected to grow to nine billion by 2050. But the number of hungry people need not increase. By reducing food waste, we can save money and resources, minimize environmental impacts and, most importantly, move towards a world where everyone has enough to eat.

 

(The message has been taken from the website of United Nations Environment Programme(UNEP) for further dissemination.

The original message may be read at the following link:http://unep.org/newscentre/Default.aspx?DocumentID=2722&ArticleID=9529&l=en)

Youth Shall Win: A Poem by Dr.Syed Md.Zainul Abedin

 

 

Youth is power
Youth is green
Youth hates to cower
Youth shall win
Youth takes challenge
Youth scales peaks
Youth hates revenge
Youth takes risks
Youth strives hard
To chase dream
Devotion brings reward
For the self and team
Youth adores beauty
And creates song
Youth performs duty
And avoids wrong
Let’s give youth a chance to bloom
 For making the world a sweet home
 (Inspired by the endeavor of a youth who aspires to win. His story of life may be seen in the website http://zakilive.com/)

Bangladesh Hosts Digital World 2012 , Bangladesh during December 6-8, 2012 By Dr.Syed Md.Zainul Abedin

 

Bangladesh will host Digital World 2012 , Bangladesh during December 6-8, 2012, in Bangabndhu International Conference Centre (BICC).

This is a continuation of efforts of Bangladesh to keep pace with the developments of ICT in the world.The event will be inaugurated by Sheikh Hasina, Hon’ble Prime Minister of the Government of the Peoples’ Republic of Bangladesh.It may be mentioned that Sheikh Hasina personally

patronizes the development of ICT in Bangladesh and she has adopted the programme of Digital Bangladesh as one of the major developmental strategies of her government.The theme or slogan of this event has been chosen as Knowledge to Prosperity.

The details of the event is being published through the website, http://www.digitalworld.org.bd under the patronization of the Government

of Bangladesh.

I am presenting some relevant information to make aware the people around the world about the important summit on ICT which will be participated by all stakeholders of this sector.I am disseminating the information from the website,http://www.digitalworld.org.bd as this is the most genuine source.I acknowledge the source for disseminating the information to the interested peoples of Bangladesh and the rest of the world.

Focus & Agenda

Focus of Digital World 2012

Digital World 2012 will focus on 6 main tracks.

Digital Entrepreneurship– A series of interactive discussions for ICT business managers and entrepreneurs aimed at presenting trends, challenges, and opportunities for on-line entrepreneurship, showcasing success stories from the region. This year’s hot topics include gaming and mobile, on-line payments, digital advertising, and venture capital.

Digital Technology 4 Transparency– A forum for civil society and tech sector representatives to analyze solutions and initiatives on promoting government transparency and accountability though ICT in activities related to watchdog and awareness rising led by the civil society.

Smart Society & Digital lifestyle– A forum for Bangladeshi business and government leaders and invited international experts to discuss Bangladesh’s vision and plan for ICT-enabled economic growth and government efficiency, as well as learn about upcoming development challenges for the Bangladesh ICT industry both at home and abroad.

Digital Technology 4 Capacity Building

  • Education:Tackling the role and importance of education for knowledge economy and smart society, technological revolution impact on education, key issues and possible solutions, talent pipeline from school to continuous education, importance of collaboration of all stakeholders (government, industry, and academia).
  • Training: Knowing the cases of gaps between academic & industry portfolio, bridging information & acquaintances across all professional human resource & building specific training prospectus for thrust sectors which are enabler to digital economy.

Digital Technology 4 Business– Targeted presentations by IT companies for non-IT businesses that showcasing the IT services and solutions to demonstrate how they can boost productivity and efficiency and help businesses to grow.

Intelligent IT Investment for GovernmentSeries of presentations and discussions on how the Government IT related procurement should be addressed and financed.

Agenda of Digital World 2012:

  1. Growing Regional Business Opportunities
  2. Role of the IT Industry (Software, IT enable service, Hardware, Network & Free lancing/Outsourcing) in Sustainable Development
  3. Revenues from telecommunications to shift from voice to data
  4. The Field of Influence of Mobility to Expand
  5. Mobility, Also the Driving Force in the Health Industry
  6. Tendering Period for Emergency Communication system to Start
  7. Examination of Banking with Technology in Bangladesh
  8. Social Media to be Included to Business Processes
  9. How to transform Into a Smart City with digital lifestyle
  10. Cyber Crimes/Security
  11. Bangladesh – competitive IT Industry
  12. Matchmaking/twinning meetings
  13. Software as Craft

Highlights

Digital World 2012 Highlights

The spectacular 3 day summit Digital World 2012 will be focusing on knowledge to prosperity.

Digital World 2012 will feature:

  • Our honorable Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will inaugurate Digital World 2012 on 6th December, 2012 along with many national & international personalities, high-profile speakers, business delegates, etc.
  • Internationally recognized thinkers, speakers from government, industry & academia will be participating in important plenary & technical session, workshop, seminar, etc to discuss & share their views on: the role of the IT industry in sustainable development, digital lifestyle & smart society, reflection of technology in our Education, Governance, Healthcare, Business Processes & so on.
  • Three significant concepts are brought down for the Thematic Conference for example: entrepreneurship, freelancing & cloud camp.
  • A full-fledged Exhibition, (zone wise) will be simultaneously running for three days right after the inauguration. Many International & National companies will be showcasing their products on ICT innovations, state of art technologies, etc.
  • Digital World 2012 is inviting internationally recognized speakers, freelancers, specialists. This will certainly be a place to meet the Visionary.
  • Digital World 2012 Awards have been instituted with the primary aim of felicitating & acknowledging unique & innovative initiatives in the use of ICT for development. These awards will be instrumental in promoting the most pioneering initiatives to improve socio-economic conditions of individuals, communities & enterprises.
  • B2B Meetings are a quick and easy way to meet potential cooperation partners. Digital World 2012 will provide a platform for both National & International business forums to communicate & collaborate. There will bilateral & multilateral meetings between the trade visitors & national /local companies.
  • A Nationwide Campaign (road shows, campaign, press conference, etc) concerning the information communication technology will take place to aware the citizen of the country, largely focusing the young age group.
  • A publication will be officially launched based on Sector & Issue based Research & Study in the summit. Anticipated projects are: Study on e-service, Challenges of ITES in Bangladesh and its present position in export earning, A detail study on Freelancer, etc.
  • On 6th December, 2012 Gala Night will be held for invited guests.
  • After the successful completion of three day conference, Digital World 2012 will end with an exclusive Closing Ceremony on 8th December, 2012.

Outline of Digital World 2012

Digital World 2012

A quick peek The extraordinary ICT event, Digital World 2012 will be inaugurated by our honorable Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on 6th December 2012 & will continue till 8th of December 2012. Right after the inauguration all the programs, exhibition corner will be open. Conference, Seminar & Workshop will be simultaneously running for three days.

Exhibition Expo lounge has been divided into several zones. It will be divided into 5 zones to showcase different initiatives, projects & products of national & international level companies, in the exhibition corner. There will be a special zone dedicate for the school/college students to present the use of digital technology in their day to day struggling life. And a separate pavilion will be installed to pervade Bangladeshi culture & heritage. The 5 zones are:
  • ICT for Development
  • e-Gov
  • Capacity Building
  • Outsourcing Company
  • Hardware
Seminar, Workshops & Roundtable These will be based on the focus & agenda of the event. A number of workshop, seminar and roundtable will held for registered & limited participants. Several international & national speakers, expert will share their expertise, experience with the participants. This gathering will help change the mindset, outlook of the attendees & will be a perfect place of exchanging future plans & policies for the digitization of the country.

There will be thematic conferences on the following agenda:

Digital Entrepreneurship conference The visibility of emerging digital entrepreneurs in our country has initiated with the idea of the conference. There will be two separate sessions where the potential, prospect, opportunities & challenges of digital initiatives will be discussed by national & international specialists.
Gala Night Digital World 2012 will recognize important national digital initiatives in this night. Special guests will be invited for the Gala Night.
Freelancer conference: A daylong event for the national & international freelancers will be held in the event to popularize & to make effective use of the immense potential of the freelancing sector. Top freelancers, individuals, academy principles will be invited to mentor the domestic freelancers. The conference has been divided into three segments.
Business Matchmaking Program Apart from the seminar, workshop & conference, there will be business matchmaking program (B2B) between domestic & international companies. Numerous trade visitors will be invited for the event. Bilateral & multilateral meetings will be organized between national & international business entities. This initiative will help create a strong network & market for Bangladesh, internationally. Measures will be taken to sign at least 10 agreements/ MoU’s between domestic & international organizations.
Meet the Visionary Meet the Visionary will be a gathering of University students with the Visionaries. With this session, students will be positively motivated & inspired from the visionaries.
Closing Ceremony After the successful completion of the 3 day conference Digital World 2012 will end with an astounding Closing Ceremony on 8th December, 2012 which will consists of a summery of the event, publication release, speech, buffet dinner etc.

Event chart

Venue of  Digital World 2012  Bangladesh

BICC, Dhaka, Bangladesh

www.bicc.com.bd

Bangabondhu International Conference Centre [BICC], the only International Convention Centre in Bangladesh is set to host the program Digital World 2012 that calls for a massive interaction of visitors. The exceptional venue is situated in the heart of Dhaka City, the capital of Bangladesh. Its reputation for adaptability and superior services is unrivaled. The whole convention centre is booked for 3 days event. Built with the demand reflected in its unique architectural philosophy BICC excels in anything and everything at par with world class. BICC ensures highly professional services delivered by committed team of experts. BICC provides multiple venue configurations to fit in conventions and events in terms of size, volume and attendance.

 

The United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development 2012 (Rio+20) Takes Place on 20-22 June 2012- By Dr. Syed Zainul Abedin

The United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD) is being organized in pursuance of General Assembly Resolution 64/236 (A/RES/64/236), and will take place in Brazil on 20-22 June 2012 to mark the 20th anniversary of the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED), in Rio de Janeiro, and the 10th anniversary of the 2002 World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) in Johannesburg. This article is prepared on the basis of two websites with the view of inviting the interested persons to follow the events of The United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development 2012 (Rio+20):

http://www.uncsd2012.org/rio20/about.html and http://www.fao.org/rioplus20/en/

Objectives of Rio + 20

1.To secure renewed political commitment to sustainable development
2.To assess the progress and implementation gaps in meeting already agreed commitments
3.To address new and emerging challenges

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

1.Definition of Rio+20

Rio+20 – the short name for the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development to take place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in June 2012 – is an historic opportunity to define pathways to a safer, more equitable, cleaner, greener and more prosperous world for all.

Twenty years after the 1992 Earth Summit in Rio, where countries adopted Agenda 21 – a blueprint to rethink economic growth, advance social equity and ensure environmental protection – the UN is again bringing together governments, international institutions and major groups to agree on a range of smart measures that can reduce poverty while promoting decent jobs, clean energy and a more sustainable and fair use of resources.

Rio+20 is a chance to move away from business-as-usual and to act to end poverty, address environmental destruction and build a bridge to the future.

2.Issues to be discussed

The official discussions will focus on two main themes: How to build a green economy to achieve sustainable development and lift people out of poverty, including support for developing countries that will allow them to find a green path for development; and how to improve international coordination for sustainable development.

3.Happenings at Rio+20

Thousands of participants from governments, the private sector, NGOs and other stakeholders will gather in Rio at the end of May and beginning of June 2012 for a strong push towards sustainable development.

The last session of the Preparatory Committee for the Conference and the actual conference will take place there in June 2012.

In parallel with and between the official events, there will be numerous side events, exhibitions, presentations, fairs and announcements by a wide range of partners.

Governments are expected to adopt clear and focused practical measures for implementing sustainable development, based on the many examples of success we have seen over the last 20 years.

Themes of the Conference

The Conference will focus on two themes: (a) a green economy in the context of sustainable development poverty eradication; and (b) the institutional framework for sustainable development.

Seven priority areas

The preparations for Rio+20 have highlighted seven areas which need priority attention; these include decent jobs, energy, sustainable cities, food security and sustainable agriculture, water, oceans and disaster readiness.

How is Rio+20 being organized

Rio+20 is a joint endeavour of the entire UN System. A dedicated Secretariat is responsible for coordinating and facilitating inputs to the preparatory process from all UN bodies. The Rio+20 Secretariat is housed in the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs and headed by Conference Secretary-General Sha Zukang, who is supported by two Executive Coordinators: Elizabeth Thompson (former Minister of Environment of Barbados) and Ambassador Brice Lalonde (Former Minister of Environment of France). The preparatory process is led by an 11-member Bureau composed of UN Ambassadors from all regions of the world. The host country, Brazil, is leading the logistical preparations on the ground.

What is sustainable development?

Sustainable development meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. Seen as the guiding principle for long-term global development, sustainable development consists of three pillars: economic development, social development and environmental protection.

The video at the following link gives some justification of holding the Rio+20.

Kazi Nazrul Islam:The Humanitarian Litterateur Whose Nobel Prize Remains Pending- By Dr. Syed Zainul Abedin

Kazi Nazrul Islam was a cosmopolitan personality who was born in India on 25 May 1899 and enlightened the whole world with his literary works.His magical works include poems,songs,drama,novels,short stories,speeches,letters,movies and many other literary items.He created great contents in his mother language, Bangla combining the indigenous and world literature which which enriched the diversified peoples of the vast Indian Subcontinent.He popularised the works of famous foreign litterateurs of the world among his peoples.He
became the cultural ambassador of the world and still holds this position even after death on 29 August 1976.
His talented contributions to the world literature is gratefully recognized by the peoples and governments of Bangladesh and India.Kazi Nazrul Islam has been honoured as the National Poet of Bangladesh.Innumerable educational
establishments, organizations and institutions have been named in Bangladesh and India to honour this great personality.Among such establishments a public university in honour of Kazi Nazrul Islam has been established at Trishal under the district Mymensing of Bangladesh.The university was established by the government in response to the popular demand at the place where Nazrul studied in secondary school which was named as Darirampur School located at Trishal.The name of this public university is Jatiya Kabi Kazi Nazrul Islam University (JKKNIU) .You can visit its website at http://www.jkkniu.edu.bd/index.php Another remarkable organization is known as Nazrul Institute which is housed in Kabi Bhaban located at Dhanmondi Residential Area of Dhaka.Poet Nazrul was brought in this house to live until his death by Banganandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman in 1972 upon obtaining special permission from the government of India.Many organizations have been established in the state of Poshchim Bongo under India.The latest one is the research centre and museum to be called as Nazrul Bhaban which will be inaugarated on the next birthday of Nazrul by Mamata Banerjee,the Chief Minister of Poshchim Bongo. It is impossible to determine how many people teach and practice the literary works of Nazrul in universities,colleges and schools of Bangladesh,India and other countries of the world.There are many experts who perform and practice his songs,dramas,poems,dance and other literary works as professionals.
Every conscious person hoped that Kazi Nazrul Islam would be awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature.But their hope was never translated into formal nomination to award him the prestigious prize.Thus the awarding of the Nobel Prize in Literature which Kazi Nazrul Islam always deserved remains pending.The peoples of Indian Subcontinent specially peoples of the soverign state of Bangladesh whole heartedly trust that the pending Nobel Prize will be delivered posthumously to Kazi Nazrul Islam in befitting manner.

I like to mention a fragment of the works of the great litterateur from the vast resource of internet just to demonstrate what treasure Kazi Nazrul Islam has left for the world.The following content has been taken from the contribution of Mohammad Omar Farooq who portrayed a famous poem of Nazrul entitled “Nari” meaning “woman” which honoured women
of the whole world as the equal and dignified partners of men.I will update later to justify the relevance of Nazrul
in the past,present and future.

Woman

Original: Nari by Kazi Nazrul Islam
Translation: Mohammad Omar Farooq

There are several obscure expressions in Bangla original that I have translated as best as I could decipher. Also, all the rhyming words at the end are based on pronunciation in American English, to the best I have come to know. Any correction or suggestion to improve this or any of my other translation of Nazrul’s poem is most definitely welcome.

Annotations:
Original sin: Islam does not belive in original sin. Especially, it does not attribute the sin to the first woman. Rather both of them participated, possibly beginning with Adam, the first man.

Raam and Shita: Two important figures from Hindu religious scriptures

Muni: This is related to story from Indian scriptures where a Muni, religious sage, commanded his son to slaughter his mother – Muni’s wife – due to alleged adultery, which the son was not a witness of. The son, to prove his religious devotion, complied.

Transliteration
Nari
Shammyer gan
Gai,
Amar chokhkhe purush-romoni
Kono bhedabhed nai.

Bishshe ja kichu mohan srishti
Chiro kollankor,
Ordhek tar koriyache nari
Ordhek tar nor.

Bishsher ja kichu ja elo
Pap tap bedona oschrubari,
Ordhek tar aniyache nor
Ordhek tar nari.

Norok kundo boliya ke toma
Kore Nari heyo gayn,
tare bolo, adi pap nari nohe
She je nor-shoytan.

Othoba pap je – shoytan je –
Nor nohe nari nohe,
Klib she, tai she nor or narite
Shoman mishiya rohe.

E bishshe joto phutiyache ful,
Foliyache joto phol,
Nari dilo tahe
Rup-rosh-modhu-gondho shunirmol.

Tajmoholer pathor dekhecho,
Dekhiacho tar pran?
Ontore tar Momtaj nari,
Bahirete Shajahan.

Gayner lokhmi, ganer lokhmi,
Shoyshsho-lokhmi nari,
Shushoma-lokhmi narii firiche
Rupe rupe shonchari.

Purush eneche dibosher jala
Topto roudro-daho,
Kamini eneche jamini-shanti
Shomiron, baribaho.

Diboshe diyache shokti-shahosh
Nishithe hoyeche bodhu,
Purush esheche modhu-trisha loye
Nari jogayeche modhu.

Shoyshsho khetro urbor holo,
Purush chalalo hol,
Nari shei mathe shoyshsho ropiya
Korilo shushaymol.

Nor bahe hol, nari bohe jol
Shei jol-mati mishe,
Foshol hoiyya folia uthilo
Shonali dhaner shishe.

Shorno
Rouppo-bhar,
Narir ongo-porosh lobhiya
Hoyeche olongkar.

Narir birohe, narir milone
Nor pelo kobi pran,
Joto kotha tar hoilo kobita
Shobdo hoilo gan.

Nor dilo khuda, nari dilo shudha
Shuday-khuday mile,
Jonmo lobhiche mohamanober
Mohashishu tile tile.

Jogoter joto boro boro joy,
Boro boro obhijan,
Mata bhogni o bodhuder
Tayge hoiyyache mohian.

Kon rone koto khun dile nor,
Lekha ache itihashe,
Koto nari dilo shithir shidur
Lekha nai tar pashe.

Koto mata dilo ridoy upari
Koto bon dilo sheba,
Birer sriti-stombher gaye
Likhiya rekheche keba?

Kono kale eka hoyni ko joyi
Purusher torobari,
Prerona diyache, shokti diyache
Bijoy-lokhmi nari.

Raja koriteche rajjo shashon
Rajare shashiche rani,
Ranir dorode dhuyia giyache
Rajjer joto glani.

Purush
Ridoyhin,
Manush korite nari dilo tar
Ordhek ridoy rin.

Dhoray jader josh dhore na ko
Omor mohamanob,
Boroshe boroshe jader shorone
Kori mora utshob.

Kheyaler boshe tader jonmo
Diyache bilashi pita,
Lob-kushe bone tajiyache Ram,
Palon koreche Shita.

Nari she shikhalo shishu-purusher
Sneho prem doya-maya,
Dipto noyone poralo kajol
Bedonar ghono chaya.

Odbhut rupe purush purush
Korilo she rin shodh,
Buke kore tare chumilo je jon
Tare korilo oborodh.

Tini
Nor-obotar,
Pitar adeshe jononire jini
Katen hani kuthar.

Parsho firiya shuyechen aj
Ordho-narishshor,
Nari chapa chilo etodin
Aj chapa poriyache nor.

She jug
Hoyeche bashi,
Je juge purush dash chilo na
Narira chilo dashi.

Bedonar jug, manusher jug,
Shammyer jug aji,
Keho rohibe na bondi kaharo
Uthibe dongka baji.

Nor jodi rakhe narire bondi
Tobe er por juge,
Apnari rocha oi karagare
Purush moribe bhuge.

Juger dhormo
ei,
Piron korile – she piron eshe
Pira debe tomakei.

Shono
Morter jib,
Onnere joto koribe piron
Nije hobe toto klib.

Shorno-rouppo olongkarer
Jokhkho-purite nari,
Korilo tomay bondini, bolo
Kon she ottyachari?

Apnare aj prokasher tobo
Nai she baykulota,
Aj tumi bhiru
Arale thakiya nepoththo koto kotha.

Chokhe Choke aj chahite paro na
Hate ruli, paye mol,
Mathar ghomta chire phel nari
Bhenge phel o shikol.

Je ghomta toma’ koriyache bhiru
Orao she aboron,
Dur kore dao dashir chinho
Oi joto abhoron.

Dhorar
Dulali meye,
Fero na to ar giridori bone
Shakhi-shone gan geye.

Kokhon ashilo “pluto” jomraj
Nishith-pakhay ure,
Dhoriya tomay purilo tahar
Adhar bibor-pure.

Shei she adim bondhon tobo
Shei hate acho mori,
Morone pure; namilo dhoray
Shei din bebhabori.

Bhenge jompuri naginir moto
Ai ma patal phuri,
Adhare tomar poth dekhabe ma
Tomari bhogno churi.

Purush-jomer khudar kukur
Mukto o podaghate,
Lutaye poribe o choron-tole
Dolito jomer shathe.

Etodin shudhu bilale omrito
Aj proyojon hobe,
Je hate piyale omrito
She hate kut bish dite hobe.

Shedin
Shudur noy,
Je din dhoroni purusher shathe
Gahibe narir joy.

Translation

Woman

I sing the song
of equality;
In my view gender difference
is essentially a triviality.

Everything that is great in the world,
all the works, beneficial and good,
half must be credited to woman,
and to man half only we should.

All the vice or bad in the world,
and the pain or flowing tear,
for half, man should be blamed,
the other half only woman should bear.

Who belittles you as woman,
connecting you to Hell’s flame?
Tell him that for the first ever sin
not woman, but man must carry the blame.

Or, it may be that sin or Satan
is in reality neither man or woman;
Satan is gender-neutral, so
it flows equally in woman or man.

All the flowers blossomed in the world,
and all the fruits grown,
isn’t in beauty, nectar and fragrance of those
woman’s contribution?

Have you seen Taj Mahal’s marble?
It’s spirit, have you seen?
At the heart of it Momtaj, woman;
outside is Shahjahan, the King and lover so keen.

The fortune of knowledge, or of music,
or, the fortune of all harvest,
woman’s grace has made it so worthwhile,
flowing from every home and nest.

In the hardship of day and its scorching heat,
you can see reflection of man;
in the soothing breeze
and in peace of night, who shines but woman?

During the day she is source of strength.
She glows in affection at night;
when man needs comfort and love,
her grace and sweetness flow to make his life bright.

With man behind the plough,
the crop field became bountiful, indeed;
the greenery was only more beautiful,
as woman sowed the seed.

Man carries the plough, woman carries the water;
from soil and water mixed together,
the crop grows in abundance,
ears of paddy – like blooming heather.

Of course, the metals –
gold and silver: ordinary otherwise;
those become fancy jewelry
with woman’s touch that underlies.

In longing for woman, or in her communion,
man found where the poets’ hearts belong,
as his words became poetry
and sounds turned into song.

Man’s present – the passion; woman’s is affection –
with the communion that hungry loves entail,
comes the children – all magnificent
from man the great that even angels hail.

All the great victory of the world
and all the grand voyages,
gained grandeur and nobility from sacrifice of
mothers, sisters, and wives, throughout the ages.

How much blood man has offered
is recorded in annals of history;
how many women became widow –
No record of that – Is it a mystery?

How many mothers poured their hearts,
and how many sisters did serve?
the memorials of heroes – great or small
do not show that – do you not observe?

Victory hasn’t kissed man’s sword,
because of the valor of man alone;
the inspiration and pride woman brought
to men, that should also be known.

While king rules the kingdom
and queen rules the king,
the misery and sadness go away,
joy and happiness her grace does bring.

Man!
heartless, like a stone;
to make human out of him,
woman gave half of her heart as loan.

All the great celebrities, immortal –
whose fame knows no bound;
we celebrate in their memory
regularly, every year around.

They came to this world,
as at moment’s passion they were fathered;
but Raam found shelter in jungle,
while all the care and nurture Sita gathered.

Wasn’t it the woman who taught baby-“men”
love mercy and compassion?
Didn’t she touch their eyes with kohl
as a shadow of her sad affection?

Man paid that debt off
in a very strange way;
holding on lap she who kissed him,
behind curtain and wall, she was put away.

Man the great;
Is he so, really?
who cuts open his mother’s throat
at the command of his Muni father, bending his knee?

In the world’s bed, half the deity: woman
just turned the side;
so far woman has taken enough,
now man will be confined.

Gone
is that age,
when man was the master
to enslave woman in his wish’s cage.

This age is of empathy, of being human,
of equality is this new time;
no one would be the other’s prisoner –
don’t you hear that chime?

If man imprisons woman,
then the turn will come sure;
in the same prison he built,
he will rot and die without a cure.

Take this lesson –
a wisdom always right and true,
if you make suffer someone,
suffering will catch up with you.

Listen!
you the creature of this earth!
the more you oppress others,
your humanness? gradually, there will be dearth.

In the dungeon of treasure
with jewelry of silver and gold,
who confined you, O woman,
who is that animal with heart so cold?

No more agitation or bewilderment
to express yourself any more;
now you are timid, vulnerable, and
speak only from behind the wall or door.

You can’t look eye to eye, and still wear
bracelet and anklets – the prisoner’s symbol;
tear off the veil of yours,
unchain yourself, it has taken enough toll.

The veil that made you timid,
let that go away;
all those ornaments and symbols of servitude,
throw away, throw away.

Woman!
To this world precious you really are!
Don’t roam in jungle or
to sing to trees you wander afar.

When did the Regent of Death come
flying on the wing of night’s shade,
snatched you to captivity
in its dungeon where nobody can raid.

In that bondage of old time,
you are still living dead;
from that time world’s light is stolen
and our vision is obscure in dread.

Come like a lightening, O mother,
breaking away from that pit;
your broken grass bracelets
will keep your path lit.

The animal, that is man’s hunger –
at the fling of your leg,
will drop dead at your feet, and
together, with smashed undertaker, will earnestly beg.

Your ambrosia all of us enjoyed,
now different is the need,
the hand that offered ambrosia before
to the monsters must now offer hemlock, indeed.

Not very far
is that cherished day,
when with homage to man,
to woman also homage, the world will pay.

Note: This poem heavily draws from Mythical names from various traditions and thus, is not very easy to literally convey its theme. This poem was published in 1925, during the early years of his life. There are many expressions, such as “Shithir Shidur” in the case of married Hindu woman, that I was not meaningfully able to translate.

As far as “veil” is concerned, of course, only Nazrul could explain what he had in mind, but in lieu of that, the following information about his choice of word “ghomta” might be helpful. According to Sangshad Bangala Obhidhan (Kolikata) it means: obogunthon; stri-loker mukhaboron. In english, from Students’ Favorite Dictionary (Bengali to English) by Ashu Tosh Dev, it means, “veil”. In Bangla Academy English-Bengali Dictionary “veil” is translated as “obogunthon; mukhaboron; nekab”. Veil generally does not imply just the head-covering when a covering of the face is not used. May be Nazrul’s choice of word was more instructive and thoughtful in this case than many would like to give him credit for.

Nazrul’s call for throwing away “veil” has been misunderstood by many, particularly among the conservative Muslims, and conveniently misinterpreted by many others. But if it is understood that “veil” – covering of face – (ghomta) is not neither required in Islam nor is it norm, rather in many societies it has become symbol of backwardness or repression, one can probably better understand and appreciate the message of this poem. Even in Iran after the Islamic revolution, women are having remarkable participation in the society, of course, without covering of face. One of the Vice Presidents in Iran is a woman; she dresses Islamically, and does not cover her face.

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