Published:  12:58 AM, 15 July 2018

Peace and Harmony: Poetic saga of a global peacemaker

Peace and Harmony: Poetic saga of a global peacemaker

The book comprises 71 selected Bengali poems on Sheikh Hasina, Hon'ble Prime Minister of Bangladesh and the blessed daughter of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, translated into English by Anis Mohammad.

Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman's eldest daughter Sheikh Hasina is now at the helms of Bangladesh. Under her bold and wise leadership, the country is now a role model of development in the world.

The graduation of Bangladesh from a least developed country (LDC) to a developing one is a latest significant achievement of the government led by Sheikh Hasina. She is no more limited in domestic arena, she is now a global icon. 

When tens of thousands of Rohingya people were crying for help being brutally tortured and displaced from their own lands, Sheikh Hasina unhesitatingly took the decision to give shelter to over ten lakh refugees in Bangladesh, which made the whole world stunned as Bangladesh is a poor country in eyes of developed nations. 

Bangladesh premier's such a bold and humanitarian move has brought a unique honor for the country and the world media has honored Sheikh Hasina with a title 'Mother of Humanity', for which people of Bangladesh can surely feel proud. 

Sheikh Hasina is playing significant roles in making peace inside and outside the country. Under her initiative, peace is now prevailing in the Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT), where once killings were daily phenomena. 

The peace deal signed in 1997 with indigenous groups in the CHT has brought profuse praises for Sheikh Hasina from the international arena. 

Wherever in the globe, humanity is endangered, Sheikh Hasina instantly raises her voice against this. She is vocal against the atrocities on innocent Palestinians by the Israeli military forces. 

In different international fora, Sheikh Hasina has attracted the attention of world leaders to solve the long-standing crisis of Palestinians. Sheikh Hasina's presence in the global stage has brightened the image of Bangladesh. 

Sheikh Hasina is an advocate of communal harmony and peaceful coexistence. She believes people from different religions, castes, colors, races will live together in a society in a peaceful manner. They will enjoy their rights without any hindrance. She abhors killings of innocent people in the name of religion. 

Though she is a practicing devout Muslim, she never allows the extremism and fundamentalism. Her government has shown zero tolerance to militancy and already contained the ugly face of extremism. Bangladesh is now a model of a moderate Muslim country in the world. Sheikh Hasina deserves appreciation for such reputation across the globe. 

A good number of books have already been written on the life and works of Sheikh Hasina. Different writers have authored books focusing different aspects of her chequered political life. Many poets have composed innumerable verses praising her dedication, patriotism and love for people. 

Anis Mohammad, a poet and translator, has translated 71 Bengali poems composed by different poets dedicating Sheikh Hasina into English with a view to globally presenting Sheikh Hasina's greatness and selfless dedication for her people. 

Translating a text from one language to another isn't an easy task. But Anis Mohammad has done a great job to translate the poems keeping the purport intact. Ahmed Reza, a professor of English Department of Jahangirnagar University, has edited the book with great care and expertise.

To mention, one can ask the reason behind selecting 71 poems. The number 71 is in hearts of Bangalee people, who got liberated from the evil rule of Pakistan through a bloody war in 1971. 

About thirty lakh people laid down their lives and two lakh women lost their dignity at the hands of the Pakistani occupation forces and their local collaborators. 

For this reason, '71 is the most significant number for the people of Bangladesh. Translator Anis Mohammad has surely accomplished a landmark work with an aim to eternalize the 1971. 


The reviewer works at The Asian Age

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