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Condoling death of Advocate Lutfe Alam, an exponent of Bangladesh-China friendship

Muhammad Quamrul Islam

I received a phone in the evening of July 12, 2018 from Delwar Hossain Delwar Hossain, a political cum businessman,  President Bangladesh- China Friendship Center (BCFC).
He conveyed a mournful message that  Advocate Lutfe Alam, our long-time friend  passed away in the morning, his Namaz- e- Janaza was held in the premises of Dhaka District Court and Supreme Court before  his body was taken to Barisal for burial in his village home.
Instantly it  appeared in my mind the time  and struggle I shared with Alam from 1960s as young service holder and professional, committed to politics for people and sacrifices forged with no longing for publicity, pelf and power.
Only few days back I enquired from Delwar about wellbeing of Alam which suddenly appeared in my mind; might be he felt about me in his deathbed.  I was shocked but consoled myself that  this is the inevitable call of Allah; everybody will taste death; may his soul rest in peace.
Ever smiling handsome looking young Advocate Lutfe Alam met us at ‘Paltan –Stadium Group’ of 1960s, soon became very close to us.  The  Dhaka University batch 1961, looked for welfare of each and quite active from respective  positions contributed to  democratic and cultural activities, mother language movement in erstwhile East Pakistan leading to emergence of Bangladesh1971. I held the post of Economist under government in 1962 and Deputy Director Finance in erstwhile East Pakistan Water and Power Development Authority (WAPDA) since 1964 till the Group lost relevance in post Bangladesh for obvious reasons. Alam was at Dhaka District Bar a rising lawyer; maintained traditional ethics of profession till death.
Meanwhile, I sat for examination, got LL.B. in 1967; course completed earlier, on persuasion of a school friend AKM RashidUddin Khan Mintu since settled in USA as Advocate. Our Group was with the trend of politics nationally and internationally in readings and talks, which was dominated by Socialist Camp against Anglo-American imperialism. We had respect for Maulana Bhashani leader of the oppressed and Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, close moments that we reminisced later for all.  We had leaning to National Awami Party (NAP) founded by Bhashani in 1957, who founded Awami League (AL) in 1949 after partition of Bengal India in 1947.
With a view to struggle together in wider field I left service in 1987 during autocratic Ershad regime that displaced democratically elected President Justice Satter made public service institutionally corrupt.  Party leaders and cultural activists kept contact with me as usual requested me join direct politics. I was enrolled as Advocate in Bangladesh Bar Council in 1988 and joined Dhaka Bar. In 1991 I got the membership of Bangladesh Supreme Court Bar Association.  On joining politics I found different selfish faces of different ranks of Parties; one honestly said so long you were our subscription giver but now a competitor in leadership, nobody will give you space. Politics is now ‘Tadbir’ - money, muscle and manipulation. He was right indeed!
As I joined Dhaka Bar met Lutfe Alam in Court premises in euphoria, he shook my hands strongly, and said welcome, so you had come to legal profession, in reflection of our previous association, which we cherished so fondly notwithstanding divisive politics for opportunity hunting set in post Bangladesh.  We were at ease in association of lawyers irrespective of party politics, one has to be naturally in politics for which one opted for independent profession; but in the Bar all are brothers above all, engaged in giving relief to aggrieved people seeking justice, perfectly in traditional democratic culture. Unfortunately that value was eroding, finally since 1990s with partisan two-party panel based annual Bar Association election. He was popular amongst all, elected President of Dhaka District Bar Association.  
Alam was a great hearted man unlike Bengalese envies and jealousies characteristically known to all. He was transparent in his manners and dealings, said what he felt, supported one to go up who deserved.  He said NAP splintered away and advised me join mainstream party Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), which he would facilitate to utilize my expertize experience in a respectable position. But I failed to respond as NAP leaders in different factions and banners pulled  me not to join anyone of two mainstream parties AL or BNP and called me to  join unity drive in 1990  make NAP an alternative third main party like neighboring democracies,  which efforts  ended in failure defunct in 2006 for obvious reasons.
Our friendly bond always remained; invited me in Bangladesh-China friendship association events and dinners on different occasions. Our senior Nabi Bhai was facilitator from his office at 32, Bejoynagar, Dhaka, where this association was reorganized with Alam as President. Late Nabi Bhai had equal level friendships with foreign Embassies in Dhaka, who used this access for the benefit of all, unlike others. Our vision reunification of Korean peninsula has come to reality in 2018 by recent Singapore President summit between USA and North Korea.
He was not after publicity but preferred low profile and silent work in the interest of country without any personal agenda. He did not utilize his position of leadership in Association derive political or commercial dividend in- country or foreign tours and exchanges, etc. He advised us not to go for costly litigation settle outside Court when our land at Kallyanpur Dhaka was grabbed in 1996; then  junior Advocate a co-plaintiff, now  sitting Justice, however took our signatures filed case yet to get possession.

The writer is an elderly economist, advocate and social activist.
E-mail:mqislambd@hotmail.com

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Muhammad Quamrul Islam

I received a phone in the evening of July 12, 2018 from Delwar Hossain Delwar Hossain, a political cum businessman,  President Bangladesh- China Friendship Center (BCFC).
He conveyed a mournful message that  Advocate Lutfe Alam, our long-time friend  passed away in the morning, his Namaz- e- Janaza was held in the premises of Dhaka District Court and Supreme Court before  his body was taken to Barisal for burial in his village home.
Instantly it  appeared in my mind the time  and struggle I shared with Alam from 1960s as young service holder and professional, committed to politics for people and sacrifices forged with no longing for publicity, pelf and power.
Only few days back I enquired from Delwar about wellbeing of Alam which suddenly appeared in my mind; might be he felt about me in his deathbed.  I was shocked but consoled myself that  this is the inevitable call of Allah; everybody will taste death; may his soul rest in peace.
Ever smiling handsome looking young Advocate Lutfe Alam met us at ‘Paltan –Stadium Group’ of 1960s, soon became very close to us.  The  Dhaka University batch 1961, looked for welfare of each and quite active from respective  positions contributed to  democratic and cultural activities, mother language movement in erstwhile East Pakistan leading to emergence of Bangladesh1971. I held the post of Economist under government in 1962 and Deputy Director Finance in erstwhile East Pakistan Water and Power Development Authority (WAPDA) since 1964 till the Group lost relevance in post Bangladesh for obvious reasons. Alam was at Dhaka District Bar a rising lawyer; maintained traditional ethics of profession till death.
Meanwhile, I sat for examination, got LL.B. in 1967; course completed earlier, on persuasion of a school friend AKM RashidUddin Khan Mintu since settled in USA as Advocate. Our Group was with the trend of politics nationally and internationally in readings and talks, which was dominated by Socialist Camp against Anglo-American imperialism. We had respect for Maulana Bhashani leader of the oppressed and Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, close moments that we reminisced later for all.  We had leaning to National Awami Party (NAP) founded by Bhashani in 1957, who founded Awami League (AL) in 1949 after partition of Bengal India in 1947.
With a view to struggle together in wider field I left service in 1987 during autocratic Ershad regime that displaced democratically elected President Justice Satter made public service institutionally corrupt.  Party leaders and cultural activists kept contact with me as usual requested me join direct politics. I was enrolled as Advocate in Bangladesh Bar Council in 1988 and joined Dhaka Bar. In 1991 I got the membership of Bangladesh Supreme Court Bar Association.  On joining politics I found different selfish faces of different ranks of Parties; one honestly said so long you were our subscription giver but now a competitor in leadership, nobody will give you space. Politics is now ‘Tadbir’ - money, muscle and manipulation. He was right indeed!
As I joined Dhaka Bar met Lutfe Alam in Court premises in euphoria, he shook my hands strongly, and said welcome, so you had come to legal profession, in reflection of our previous association, which we cherished so fondly notwithstanding divisive politics for opportunity hunting set in post Bangladesh.  We were at ease in association of lawyers irrespective of party politics, one has to be naturally in politics for which one opted for independent profession; but in the Bar all are brothers above all, engaged in giving relief to aggrieved people seeking justice, perfectly in traditional democratic culture. Unfortunately that value was eroding, finally since 1990s with partisan two-party panel based annual Bar Association election. He was popular amongst all, elected President of Dhaka District Bar Association.  
Alam was a great hearted man unlike Bengalese envies and jealousies characteristically known to all. He was transparent in his manners and dealings, said what he felt, supported one to go up who deserved.  He said NAP splintered away and advised me join mainstream party Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), which he would facilitate to utilize my expertize experience in a respectable position. But I failed to respond as NAP leaders in different factions and banners pulled  me not to join anyone of two mainstream parties AL or BNP and called me to  join unity drive in 1990  make NAP an alternative third main party like neighboring democracies,  which efforts  ended in failure defunct in 2006 for obvious reasons.
Our friendly bond always remained; invited me in Bangladesh-China friendship association events and dinners on different occasions. Our senior Nabi Bhai was facilitator from his office at 32, Bejoynagar, Dhaka, where this association was reorganized with Alam as President. Late Nabi Bhai had equal level friendships with foreign Embassies in Dhaka, who used this access for the benefit of all, unlike others. Our vision reunification of Korean peninsula has come to reality in 2018 by recent Singapore President summit between USA and North Korea.
He was not after publicity but preferred low profile and silent work in the interest of country without any personal agenda. He did not utilize his position of leadership in Association derive political or commercial dividend in- country or foreign tours and exchanges, etc. He advised us not to go for costly litigation settle outside Court when our land at Kallyanpur Dhaka was grabbed in 1996; then  junior Advocate a co-plaintiff, now  sitting Justice, however took our signatures filed case yet to get possession.

The writer is an elderly economist, advocate and social activist.
E-mail:mqislambd@hotmail.com


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Comments: Beautiful story. Thank you so much uncle,We didn't know those history.
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Fish cultivation in joint ownership water-bodies

Md. Muzibur Rahman

Bangladesh is an agrarian economy. The role of fisheries in Bangladesh economy is very important like other agriculture sectors as livestock, general agriculture & forestry. According to Food & Agriculture Organization (FAO) reportBangladesh was at the 4th place in the world in the inland fisheries production in 2016,
In terms of food protein, Almost 60% of animal proteins are supplied by the fisheries sectors. The fish proteins are softs, acceptable & consumable to all in any age. All the people in all ages prefer fish than any other animal proteins. Some species of fishes are used for making medicine.
The contribution of this sector is in agriculture GDP is 24.41% & in general GDP is 3.61%. The lion’s shares of foreign exchanges come from this sector. More than 11% labor force of total population in our country directly or indirectly involved in this sector & take profession as their means of living or livelihood. In them 1/10 portion is female.
There is a mission, vision, strategy, aims & objectives of this sector to more fish & its allied products & production in the country to meet up the animal protein of general masses domestically as well as to earn foreign exchange by exporting fish and allied products. The aim is to the develop the sector enabling more production of fisheries and create more self-employment among the people to alleviate poverty. It is also aimed at attaining socio-economic development, making eco-friendly fish cultivation, maintaining bio-diversity and improving public health.
Almost every home in every village in Bangladesh has ponds or ditches under joint ownership However, in most cases, those less cultivated or not cultivated. Those are simply left to grow some fish naturally. However, there is a great potentiality to more fish productions in this area. There is an opportunity of fish culture is joint ownership ponds, ditches, canals, small haors in the rural areas.
Generally speaking, the joint ownership ponds , ditches or small water-bodies are inherited from their ancestral properties. However, lack of common understandings, sufficient funding and unity keeps these water-bodies otherwise unutilized, fallen, unproductive or uncultivated.
The owners take no initiatives for utilization of these properties for their own or collective development.
If these people are organized, united, committed to bring these joint ownership properties (ponds, ditches) under fish cultivation, there will be a boost in increased fish production in the country leading to huge contribution to Gross National Products (GNP).
The Upzila Fisheries Officer can take initiative to educate, motivate, co-ordinate among the people with the help of Upzila Co-Operative Officer and fisheries officer to make the stakeholders convinced about co-operative fish cultivation in the joint ownership ponds, ditches &and other open or closed water-bodies in the remote areas in the country.
The slogan “one house-one farm” is counted with this fishery farming too with livestock & general agriculture. To materialize this dream (“one house-one farm”), there is a necessity to bring all uncultivated water areas under fish cultivation.
There are other water areas under Government’s Khas land, vested property, abandoned ponds, ditches which if fully belongs to Government’s property can be brought under fish production with public-private partnership (PPP). There will be a win-win situation to identify & protect Government’s property too. People will be benefitted from these joint-ventured projects, lessening poverty, creating more employment & income in the rural areas for educated unemployed youths.
However, there should be a clear statistical data about Government’s properties & Government’s water bodies by the upzila statistic office under the direct supervision of local administration by both AC (Land), Upzila chairman, UNO (Upzila Nirbahi Officer) & local MP (Member of Parliament) to support & implement this visionary works or projects.
Intensive & extensive training programs may be arranged by the fisheries department by the help of qualified fisheries personals with the co-operation of local Samabai office (Co-operative Office) or BRDB (Bangladesh Rural Development Board) or the then TTDC (Thana Training & Development Center) center. These works or projects mentioned above will help to find out or outline local level planning suited to the needs of the local people to the center. A co-ordinated policy from top to bottom will materialize the exclusively fish culture in joint ownership water-bodies in the rural areas . It will help increase fish production , bring self-sufficiency, reducing poverty and unemployment and ultimately add to national income .

The author is an Additional Land Acquisition Officer, He can be reached at: E-mail: muzibur64@gmail.com, phone: 01733568831

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Md. Muzibur Rahman

Bangladesh is an agrarian economy. The role of fisheries in Bangladesh economy is very important like other agriculture sectors as livestock, general agriculture & forestry. According to Food & Agriculture Organization (FAO) reportBangladesh was at the 4th place in the world in the inland fisheries production in 2016,
In terms of food protein, Almost 60% of animal proteins are supplied by the fisheries sectors. The fish proteins are softs, acceptable & consumable to all in any age. All the people in all ages prefer fish than any other animal proteins. Some species of fishes are used for making medicine.
The contribution of this sector is in agriculture GDP is 24.41% & in general GDP is 3.61%. The lion’s shares of foreign exchanges come from this sector. More than 11% labor force of total population in our country directly or indirectly involved in this sector & take profession as their means of living or livelihood. In them 1/10 portion is female.
There is a mission, vision, strategy, aims & objectives of this sector to more fish & its allied products & production in the country to meet up the animal protein of general masses domestically as well as to earn foreign exchange by exporting fish and allied products. The aim is to the develop the sector enabling more production of fisheries and create more self-employment among the people to alleviate poverty. It is also aimed at attaining socio-economic development, making eco-friendly fish cultivation, maintaining bio-diversity and improving public health.
Almost every home in every village in Bangladesh has ponds or ditches under joint ownership However, in most cases, those less cultivated or not cultivated. Those are simply left to grow some fish naturally. However, there is a great potentiality to more fish productions in this area. There is an opportunity of fish culture is joint ownership ponds, ditches, canals, small haors in the rural areas.
Generally speaking, the joint ownership ponds , ditches or small water-bodies are inherited from their ancestral properties. However, lack of common understandings, sufficient funding and unity keeps these water-bodies otherwise unutilized, fallen, unproductive or uncultivated.
The owners take no initiatives for utilization of these properties for their own or collective development.
If these people are organized, united, committed to bring these joint ownership properties (ponds, ditches) under fish cultivation, there will be a boost in increased fish production in the country leading to huge contribution to Gross National Products (GNP).
The Upzila Fisheries Officer can take initiative to educate, motivate, co-ordinate among the people with the help of Upzila Co-Operative Officer and fisheries officer to make the stakeholders convinced about co-operative fish cultivation in the joint ownership ponds, ditches &and other open or closed water-bodies in the remote areas in the country.
The slogan “one house-one farm” is counted with this fishery farming too with livestock & general agriculture. To materialize this dream (“one house-one farm”), there is a necessity to bring all uncultivated water areas under fish cultivation.
There are other water areas under Government’s Khas land, vested property, abandoned ponds, ditches which if fully belongs to Government’s property can be brought under fish production with public-private partnership (PPP). There will be a win-win situation to identify & protect Government’s property too. People will be benefitted from these joint-ventured projects, lessening poverty, creating more employment & income in the rural areas for educated unemployed youths.
However, there should be a clear statistical data about Government’s properties & Government’s water bodies by the upzila statistic office under the direct supervision of local administration by both AC (Land), Upzila chairman, UNO (Upzila Nirbahi Officer) & local MP (Member of Parliament) to support & implement this visionary works or projects.
Intensive & extensive training programs may be arranged by the fisheries department by the help of qualified fisheries personals with the co-operation of local Samabai office (Co-operative Office) or BRDB (Bangladesh Rural Development Board) or the then TTDC (Thana Training & Development Center) center. These works or projects mentioned above will help to find out or outline local level planning suited to the needs of the local people to the center. A co-ordinated policy from top to bottom will materialize the exclusively fish culture in joint ownership water-bodies in the rural areas . It will help increase fish production , bring self-sufficiency, reducing poverty and unemployment and ultimately add to national income .

The author is an Additional Land Acquisition Officer, He can be reached at: E-mail: muzibur64@gmail.com, phone: 01733568831


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