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In the third week of October 2009, I had the opportunity to attend the book launching of “The Idea of Justice” by Amartya Sen at Harvard Faculty House, Boston. Today I found myself going back to the concepts explored in that ingenious book and reflecting on many of the atrocities, especially related to students, occurring on a daily basis in my country – more specifically I focus on the following three:
Simply going through Daily Star‘s Archive in just the four issues, I was shocked to see so many such un-humanitarian events become a normal day-to-day jargon. Selected cases related to students are cited below:
- Habibur Rahman Munna, a HSC student, dies as brick falls from high rise. [July 17]
- Nobin Hossain, a college student hacked to death. [July 17]
- Two women with 4,500 yaba tablets held; students are prime customers. [July 17]
- Redwan Ahmed, a class III student, with mother, electrocuted out of negligence. [July 17]
- 70 killed in 6 months due to Mob-Beating. [July 19]
- Suparna Bachhar, an university student, suicides because of forced and leaked obscene video tape. [July 20]
- Sumaiya Akhter, a class VI student, suicides as a result of teasing. [July 20]
- Released sex-offender threatens to throw acid on student victim and family; human chain formed as protest. [July 20]
A friend of mine, deeply moved, recently asked me to write about ‘where has our humanity gone?’
I will diligently do so at some later point when I find enough free time, and will update you. For now, I thought reading the book might benefit those too troubled by these incidents. Word of caution though, this book is not for reading in the very light of manner, and although it does not deal directly with the cited incidents, its idea of justice provides good insight.
Sen’s alternative focuses more on the removal of manifesting injustice on which we all rationally agree and the advancement of justice from the world as we see, instead of looking for perfection, which Sen points out, can never be attained.